The Brazilian government has announced that it is opening up to Muslim immigrants, including women and children.
The decision to offer the community the right to vote has been welcomed by religious leaders, as well as by the country’s Muslim communities.
“Brazilians need to be more aware that Muslims in Brazil can contribute to society in a way that non-Muslims cannot,” said Dr Naseem Naderi, a professor of sociology at the University of São Paulo.
“Brazilians have a right to know who the real Muslims are in their midst,” he added.
“In the end, we can show that our people are the most beautiful and most resilient people in the world.”
The Muslim community in Brazil is a diverse and tolerant one.
Muslims make up a substantial majority of Brazil’s 1.3 million inhabitants.
There are more than a quarter of the countrys population of about 5 million, according to the UN.