The Thomas Jefferson Qur’an is an English-translated edition of Arabic, was published in 1764 in London and, according to the leaders of the Library of Congress, is considered the book that helped spread knowledge of the sacred text in Europe. The Congress of the Units States bought it in 1815 from Jefferson for more than 18,000 euros as part of a collection of 6,400 volumes.
Last Thursday, for the first time in the history of the United States Congress, two Muslim women entered: Rashida Tlaib, 42, and the state of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar, 36, from Minnesota, were elected by the Democratic Party in the mid-term legislative elections. Tlaib showed up in a district where he had no opponent. Born in Detroit, the daughter of a marriage of Palestinians who emigrated to the United States, in 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives. Mother of two, she defends, among other things, the uprising of the immigration veto that President Donald Trump established to the citizens of some Muslim countries Ilhan Omar, for her part, prevailed over her Republican candidate, Jennifer Zielinski, to whom analysts had not given her chances of winning and will take over in the seat of Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim man to sit in the House of Representatives at Capitol Hill. From Somalia, her family fled the civil war there when she was eight years old. They first lived in a refugee camp in Kenya before arriving in the United States in 1997.
The inauguration in Congress marked her a historical fact that affirms respect for individual freedoms, and that the phrase: “in God We Trust: in God we believe!” indicates respect for the religion of all American citizens. That’s why Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, when she swore about a Koran at the investiture session, affirmed the respectfulness of Americans for the various religions.
The vision of the Founding Fathers of the United States, particularly Thomas Jefferson, of the Muslims and other disciples of the thinker John Locke, despite the prejudices they might express towards this religion, was sumptuous in the phrase: “Neither pagan, nor Muslim, nor Jewish should be excluded from commonwealth civil rights by their religion,” they sensed that Muslims could be, like Jews and Catholics, “future” citizens of the nation. Because in the 18th century few Muslims lived on the continent.