American Muslims Take Active Community Roles

September 11, 2005

Source: The Enquirer

On September 11, 2005 The Enquirer reported, "Inayat Malik is a driving force in the evolution of Greater Cincinnati's Muslim community, a leader who has built solid relationships between the Islamic community and other faiths. When the Indian Hill urologist and grandfather of five came to America from Pakistan in the late 1960s and started his private practice here in 1971, there were just a handful of Islamic families. Today, there are a couple thousand families and many Muslims, including him, hold seats on an array of volunteer educational and philanthropic boards. Malik is the first Muslim to preside over the National Conference for Community and Justice for Greater Cincinnati in its 61-year history... Born in Indiana to Egyptian immigrants who came to the United States for higher education, [Fatma Salama of West Chester Township]... volunteers with Greater Cincinnati service agencies such as the March of Dimes, Easter Seals, Diabetes Association and Breast Cancer Society... Lawyer Nadeem Quraishi spends most of his days in Warren County Common Pleas Court defending clients. Born and raised in a small Illinois city by Pakistani parents, the 30-year-old defense lawyer... has seen the curious looks from people. 'What we have learned growing up is - especially in the smaller town - you are the only Muslim these people may ever meet. The way you conduct yourself, the way you treat other people - you are going to be leaving an impression,' he said."

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