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Are there any Muslims working at the White House?

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Some of the Muslims working at the White House as part of President Barack Obama's team are Rashad Hussain, Arif Alikhan and Eboo Patel. Reflecting the diversity of the American population, these Muslim Americans are open about their Muslim faith while serving in government.

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Rashad Hussain is a special envoy and coordinator for strategic counterterrorism communications as of February 2015. Hussain has traveled to many Muslim countries and met with their government and civic leaders to discuss the need to eradicate terrorism and religious extremism by improving secular and religious education, addressing political and economic marginalization in Muslim communities, and improving deradicalization programs.

First appointed into the Obama Administration in 2009 as assistant secretary for policy development, Arif Alikhan is a deputy executive director for Homeland Security, where he leads a team of analysts, scientists and economists who work on issues such as counterterrorism, emergency management and cyber security.

Eboo Patel is a member of the president's Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and CNN.

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