Muslims at BYU

Muslims at BYU

PROVO- Being of another faith at a Mormon school can be challenging, but one student is having a positive experience.

Hammad Javid, BYU student, is just one of the 43 Muslims on campus. He spends most of his time in the Clyde Building developing software like whack-a-mole, yet he finds time to pray five times a day in between taking 18 credits. He said he’s found commonalities with the Mormon religion and enjoys being able to practice his religion on BYU campus.

“I face towards Kaaba and then I pray and it’s kind of nice that I’m able to do that just in the lab and nobody really cares about it,” Javid said.

As Club President of the Muslim Student Association, he said it’s a struggle for him to get other Muslim students together for Friday prayers. He said he’ll keep trying to promote the group because his goal is to provide a place for other Muslims to find friends.

Javid is also informing BYU students about the Middle East and how the problems between countries could be resolved through investing money in education rather than war.

He said he wants to change the way people view Islam. Javid’s goal is to help others see that Muslims are not terrorists, but rather people who are forging their spiritual path just like everyone else.

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