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  Minnesotan Poised to Be Congress' First Muslim
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News DateFriday, October 20, 2006 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMINNEAPOLIS — The months after Sept. 11, 2001, were not easy ones for Muslims in Minnesota.

The state was thrust into the spotlight as the home of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person prosecuted in the U.S. for the attacks. Federal authorities closed down a Muslim-owned money transfer agency with alleged ties to Al Qaeda. And Minneapolis police fatally shot a mentally ill Muslim man from Somalia.

"The community was shell-shocked," said Hussein Samatar, a businessman who moved to Minnesota from Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1994.

Yet five years later, Minnesota may elect the first Muslim member of Congress.
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