IamA 21-Year-Old Muslim Student Who Just Broke The Record For The Most Votes For A Board Member in NJ State History. AMA!
I’m a Phi Beta Kappa, dual major in biology and economics at Rutgers-Newark University in my senior year.
On November 21, 2015, when then Republican party hopeful Donald Trump said, “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering,” as a Muslim in Jersey City I decided to stand up for my hometown and all the Muslims who lived there.
I was elected onto my school board at 20 years old in Jersey City as the youngest and first Muslim elected official in Jersey City history. In this position, I serve as the chair of both the Student Equity and Facilities Committees. In this role, I have fought for student voice, better school lunch, reforms in dress code, recycling and much more.
I was recently re-elected while breaking the record for the most votes in a school board election in NJ history.
If you want to learn more about me you can visit: 1. My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ali4BOE/ 2. My Website: http://www.fixitnowjc.com/ 3. My Personal Site: http://mussabali.com/ (note this site currently redirects to my fundraising platform. I'm not putting it up here to ask you for contributions, it just has information that other sites don't.)
EDIT: It's 3AM Sunday Nov 11 and as I came home from a day of work I see this has blown up quite a bit. I see a lot of you have some great questions, keep them coming I'll answer them when I wake up! Please note, however, I am NOT a religious scholar but I will do my best to answer these questions. :)
EDIT 2: A lot of people are also asking questions about the history of this account. Just so we are on the same page, I'm using my brothers account to answer these questions and host this AMA as I have no account of my own. Yes my brother's name is Russab, yes it is one letter away from my name. Please Google Russab Ali and then Google Mussab Ali. Thanks!
EDIT 3: Dear Mods, I may not always be responding ASAP but that is because I am extremely busy post election. However, with the few moments of time I do get in between agenda items, I am coming here to answer the questions. There are some interesting takes on here, but I love the dialogue and conversation as it is open and free. If you could please not lock this so I can continue the conversation with some people that would be awesome! :)
THANKS FOR THE AMA AND THE GREAT QUESTIONS! I MIGHT DO SOME OTHERS ON A FEW OTHER SUBREDDITS THAT HAVE INVITED ME SOON!