January of each year would be designated as Muslim Heritage Month under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and advanced today by the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.
New Jersey would designate January of each year as Muslim Heritage Month under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and advanced by the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)
With the resolution, SJR-105, Pennacchio seeks to elevate awareness and appreciation of the Muslim American community and their accomplishments in New Jersey.
“The fact the Legislature is taking time to consider this during the holiday season demonstrates how ecumenical we really are as a state,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This is a time when all faiths come together, sharing pride in each other’s efforts, beliefs, traditions, and customs. At this special time, it is appropriate that we recognize our Muslim brothers and sisters for their contributions to the diverse fabric of New Jersey.”
There are nearly 300,000 Muslim Americans in New Jersey, including numerous current and former elected officials dedicated to public service in their communities.
The 3.45 million Muslims in the United States represent diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, including immigrants and native-born Americans, and comprise approximately 1.1% of the nation’s population.
Muslims are the world’s second largest religious group, with 1.9 billion adherents representing approximately 25 percent of the world’s population. Significant Muslim achievements helped shape our world, including notable milestones in philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, medicine, architecture, music, literature, and the arts.