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This Michigan city just made history by voting in America's first-ever Muslim-majority council
A city outside of Detroit just made local and national history by voting in the first ever Muslim-majority council. - photo by Herb Scribner
Muslims scored a major victory in Michigan.

Earlier this month, the small city of Hamtramck, Michigan, elected its first Muslim-majority city council, making it the first Muslim-majority council in the United States, according to UPI.

This is an especially big victory since Hamtramck is a traditionally Polish-Catholic enclave, according to UPI. Theres been a rise in Muslims in the city for the last few decades, resulting in the top three vote-getters incumbents Anam Miah and Abu Musa and newcomer Saad Almasmart winning the election this year, UPI reported.

"Hamtramck has made history," community leader Bill Meyer told UPI. "The election was far from close, with the three Muslim winners each gaining over 1,000 votes, while the other three candidates garnered less than 700 votes each."

Watch this video for more on the election results.

The Michigan election reflects a nationwide trend, too. The United States Muslim population has seen a significant increase since 2007, even though Muslims account for about 1 percent of the population, according to Deseret News National.

"There is a lot of misunderstanding about how many Muslims there are," University of Notre Dame professor David Campbell told Deseret News National.

Islam is projected to be the worlds largest religion by 2070, USA Today reported, though the United States will still likely be dominated by Christians.
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