Miramar City Commission officiated the month of June as American Muslim Heritage Month at its May 17 board meeting. This newly added distinction was passed by resolution, and will join the city’s support for Caribbean American Heritage annually.
The City of Miramar Commission views the installation of American Muslim Heritage Month as a positive endeavor that supports individual religious freedoms and varied cultural traditions that the City of Miramar diverse population possesses. Most importantly, it will promote awareness of the myriad of invaluable contributions of American Muslims in the City and across the country.
Naima Y. Khan-Ghany, a proud Miramar resident for the past 29 years commented on the resolution initiated by Commission Yvette Colbourne by stating, “We are "One Miramar" and inclusive of ethnic groups and religions. When I approached Commissioner Colbourne, she was excited to be the champion for the resolution to be passed in Miramar since our Muslim population is continuously growing. We both believe in diversity and tolerance and hope that this initiative will bridge gaps and bring people together, overcoming fear and misunderstandings. I look forward to working with the City and Commissioner Colbourne to promote education through diversity.”
Commissioner Colbourne commented on the Commission’s passing of American Muslim Heritage Month that, “In light of recent anti-Muslim sentiments, I believe it is important to sponsor a resolution to let our Muslim Community know that the City of Miramar supports freedom of religion. We oppose anti-Muslim discrimination and thank our Muslim community for their many contributions to Miramar and all of the United States of America. The City of Miramar is very diverse and it is important that we embrace our diversity and encourage residents to be proud of their heritage, customs and religious beliefs.