Became the first Muslim mayor of Calgary, Alberta, and the first Muslim mayor of any major North American city. His campaign for mayor heavily relied on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
He lived with his family from Tanzania.
He donated a portion of his salary to a Calgary charity for computer-aided design systems.
Although his family is from Tanzania, his parents are South-Asian origin immigrants. He has a sister named Shaheen.
He was in favor of Canada's 22nd Prime Minister Stephen Harper building the Keystone Pipeline.