Q: As-salam alaykum!
My name is Ashley, Iam an American Muslim that converted to Islam.
I am moving from california to Salt lake city and am wondering how large the Islamic community is in the area? It is important to me that I will have brothers and sisters to befriend that can aid me in keeping our lifestyle,as well as opportunites to grow in my knowledge and faith.
Unfortunatly I have experienced difficulty being accepted by other muslims as a convert and am hoping that I will be accepted and welcomed to the community. Any insight will be appreciated.
Thank you! :)
Time: Friday December 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm
A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
People generally are accepting of new comers. People also have schedules to maintain, families to tend to, etc., so do not expect an open arm at all times. I have noticed that most socializing in Utah is done on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you are a social person, i am sure people would befriend you wherever you go. Do not let social apprehension keep you away from this state. I think you would do well.
As a side note: although friends are important, i am of the opinion that keeping ones reserve can remove much of the later hassles of life.
Additionally, you are welcome to visit our satellite musjids, explain to locals your situation. I am sure people would be receptive.
I wish you well.
Allah Certainly Knows Best.