Meet Ruhel Islam

By Tea Rozman-Clark, Green Card Voices

The best way to respond to extreme vetting, a term presidential candidate Donald Trump refers to in the debates is to amplify the voices of Muslim immigrants in their own words.

Upon the request of his sister, who was moving to the U.S. with her American-businessman husband, and due to the hostile political climate of his home country, Mr. Islam left Bangladesh for the U.S. in 1996.

The fourth of seven children, he moved from his rural, childhood village of Sylhet to a larger urban area in pursuit of a college degree in commerce and accounting. Upon the completion of his degree and while still in Bangladesh, he started a farm – growing it from just two chickens to over two thousand.

Bringing his resourcefulness and self-reliance to the U.S., Ruhel opened his own restaurant: The Ghandi Mahal. His restaurant’s menu is comprised solely of ingredients grown in his community gardens or purchased locally, demonstrating his commitment to environmentalism and sustainability.

Mr. Islam is also active in the local community. He was recently invited to visit the White House, meeting with the President and other senior staff members to both recognize his outstanding contributions as well as to engage in roundtable discussions regarding small business job creation. He lives in Minneapolis, MN and is happily married with three daughters.

For additional information, visit: www.gandhimahal.com

 

Tea Rozman Clark, has a Ph.D. in Oral History.  She is the Executive Director of Green Card Voices and a 2015-17 Bush Leadership Fellow.  Green Card Voices is sharing the stories of the nation’s 40 million immigrants through their website WWW.GREENCARDVOICES.ORG

Educate:  If you are a teacher we encourage you to use their resources!

Host a Touring Photo Exhibition: If you are interested in having a photo exhibition at your location or organization, please contact Tea at: info@greencardvoices.com.

Share Your Story:  Green Card Voices are touring the country looking for compelling stories to tell about immigrants from all walks of life. If you  are interested in sharing your story through their website, please introduce yourself to them so we may contact you about upcoming opportunities.

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