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The race for first Muslim woman in US Congress

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Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is running in the Democratic primary for US Congress in Massachusettsí First District, meets with people at a Mt. Zion Church event in Chicopee, Massachusetts July 21, 2018. Amatul-Wadud is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan. Now aged 44, she faces the biggest hurdle of her life: asking a majority white constituency, where Catholics are the biggest religious group, to make her the first Muslim woman elected into Congress. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / With AFP Story by Jennie MATTHEW: The race for first Muslim woman in US Congress

SPRINGFIELD, Aug 4 — It’s an incongruous sight, a woman in a salmon pink hijab standing on a Massachusetts traffic median, waving at oncoming cars and asking perfect strangers to vote her into Congress.

“Hey, how are you? Good to see you!” hollers Tahirah Amatul-Wadud at a male pedestrian. A few cars beep their horns, the odd driver zaps down his window to say hello. Quite a few drive past, seemingly oblivious.

Amatul-Wadud is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan.

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