Michigan's American Muslim Community - Islamic Relief USA

The American Muslim community is incredibly diverse, ethnically, religiously, linguistically, ideologically, socially and economically. Mirroring that rich diversity are the myriad contributions Muslims make in America. This is the inaugural article in a series exploring that positive impact.

We begin in Michigan — home to the nation’s largest Muslim population.

Among those Muslims is Dr. Muzammil Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed, 46, serves as Vice Chief of Oakwood Annapolis Hospital’s medical staff and works as a urologist affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is a husband, father and current chair of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC).

Last October, two United Nations human rights experts arrived in Detroit to conduct an informal fact-finding mission. They publicly expressed concern that the disconnections are disproportionately impacting Detroit’s poorest residents, violating their human right to water under international law.

The human right to water derives from the underlying right to an adequate standard of living, recognized in international human rights law.

Dr. Ahmed brainstormed potential responses to the water crises with Islamic Relief USA’s leadership and local elected officials, like former state representative Rashida Tlaib. Ultimately, they reached a consensus regarding water relief for Detroit.

Read the full story on the Huffington Post here

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