“Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his life to try to help others on 9/11. [Pause] After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character [pause] solely because of his Islamic faith.
Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was involved with the attackers because he was a Muslim. But it was only when his remains were identified that these lies were exposed.
Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans. His life should not be just a member of an ethnic group or just a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow Americans.”
- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
The first Muslim elected to Congress
concerned that fear-based rumors and prejudice could arise from
Thursday’s hearing before the Homeland Security Committee, titled,
“The extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community
and that community's response.”