The fact that the world’s largest library, just steps from the U.S. Capitol, pays homage to the intellectual achievement of Muslims More
Muslims in the United States contribute to the social and economic fabric of their communities. They are among the most educated and highest-income-earning groups in the country, and they participate at every level of society—from teachers, doctors, lawyers and engineers, to elected officials at the highest levels of government. In fact, the very same day that I gazed upon the dome of the Library of Congress, I discovered another treasure housed in the great library. When the first American Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, took the oath of office in 2007, he used a Quran that had belonged to Thomas Jefferson. This Quran, hand-marked with the initials “TJ,” is displayed in the library, next to Jefferson’s copy of the Old Testament.
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