Moving from Tolerance to Appreciation of Muslims in the Mormon State

June 11, 2005

Source: Deseret Morning News,1249,600140374,00.html

On June 11, 2005 the Deseret Morning News reported, "the Islamic population in Utah has been steadily growing over the past few years, increasing by about 40 percent. This is partially because of the migration of Somalians and Bosnians, but the demographic also includes Arabs and Pakistanis, said Ahmed, the newly elected president of the Greater Islamic Society of Salt Lake City. The following boasts 25,000 members statewide, as well as three mosques. The Khadeeja Mosque, located in West Valley City, is not only the largest in Utah but also in the Western states... The increased awareness of the community may help [Nadeem] Ahmed fulfill his vision of integrating the faith more into Utah. 'We would like to be integrated into the fabric of Utah. We are already involved in interfaith activities,' he said. Last week Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and first lady Mary Kaye Huntsman visited the Khadeeja Mosque in West Valley City in the governor's efforts to build understanding among different faiths. Huntsman was the keynote speaker for the mosque's annual Sunday School graduation. Around 500-600 people attended the event, Ahmed said."