CAIR-NJ to Join Community Members at Swearing-In Ceremony of New Jersey’s Longest-Serving Muslim Mayor   

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 01/05/2022) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join community members at the swearing-in ceremony of Mohamed Khairullah for his fifth term as mayor of Prospect Park on Saturday, Jan. 7. Councilmen Mohammed Hussain and Anand Shah will also be sworn in.   

Mayor Khairullah is said to be the longest-serving Muslim Mayor and elected official in New Jersey. Throughout his 17-year tenure, Mayor Khairullah paid frequent visits to refugee camps in Bangladesh to assist with essential supplies distributions and contributed to humanitarian aid relief in Syria.        

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, at 12 p.m.        

WHERE: Prospect Park School No. 1 at 94 Brown Avenue, Prospect Park, NJ 07508 (Enter gymnasium through North 9th Street entrance) 

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut,, 908-267-3119     

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP said:         

“The increase in Muslims seeking office and winning elections is part of a national trend. With at least 40 Muslims serving in elected office, New Jersey is leading the way in local representation.     

“Muslims are a rapidly growing population in the United States and the election and re-election of American Muslims leads to much-needed political representation for our communities.”         

Mayor Khairullah will be sworn in by Assemblywoman Shama A. Haider (D), one of the first Muslims to serve in the New Jersey State Legislature. Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D), who is also one of the first Muslims to serve in the New Jersey State Legislature, will swear in Councilman Mohammed Hussain. Councilman Anand Shah will be sworn in by Mayor Sam Joshi of Edison Township. 

Photo left to right: Councilman Anand Shah, Mayor Mohamed Khairullah, Councilman Mohammed Hussain


CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.              


CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut,, 908-267-3119