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Published: Monday, Dec. 21 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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Anonymous

I went to Utah State and then transferred to BYU for graduate school. The biggest shock to me was the emphasis on marriage and that every activity seemed to be about pairing people up, etc. etc. Looking out the window I would see girls carrying plates of cookies, cakes, etc. to the men's apartments. It seemed that most everyone had one thought in mind--MARRIAGE. That was several years ago and I would have hoped things would have changed a bit.

Finding

Similarities between cultures and beliefs builds bonds and friendship. Heaven knows our world could use more of that.

Cultural diversity tends to round out individuals.

rw

Great story!If we all treated others this way--looking for and building on similarities, and seeking to understand and respect differences--the world would be a much better place.

I'n proud of the Muslim students and their LDS friends. I hope they foreshadow the future.

Idaho Mike

Dear Andrew (quoted in story),
We are NOT "taught to believe that Islam is a violent culture". But we are taught to read media reports from the Middle East, dominiated by Muslim Culture. Wow, if that part of the world isn't violent, then God didn't flood the earth during Noah's day due to "violence". Sheesh. 2 nice Pakistani Cougars (bless them) versus 100,000,000+ "Extremist" Muslims who honor Allah by supporting violent jihad?
Just can't tell the truth at BYU?
PC'ness is going to fry us.

Anonymous

I don't know from where Mr. Moulton is, but I have never been taught that Islam is a religion of violence and hate. In the contrary.

nice article

Good to see the Y is coming along. Those who think Muslims are all a bunch of radical terrorists are spending too much time on Fox News.

ECR

Great article! This seems to be evidence that two seemingly different religions have so much in common and that with thoughtful understanding and patient consideration they can exist side by side. Thanks for this wonderful illustration.

Steve

It's great to read about Muslims living in a Mormon community. My wife and I are originally from Utah but have been living in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for 14 years. (I stlll read the Deseret News on-line). While there are clearly significant differences in culture, religion and politics we really have much more in common than those who are not familiar with both societies and religions typically realize. We really enjoy living in the Middle East. We generally feel very welcomed and we appreciate living among faithful Muslims with high moral standards. I'm very pleased to read about Muslims who are having similar positive experiences living in a Mormon community.

Kim

What a great article! It certainly is refreshing to see representatives from two great religions with similar values respect each other in this manner. What a fine example for all of us. I think it is great that BYU would allow these outstanding young men from Pakistan to enroll. The experience is rich for both them and for the BYU students who come in contact with them.

Jim

Cookies? Marraige? WHAT! at BYU!

@idaho mike

Your ignorance is only outpaced by your blind hatred. You sound like someone that could use a little less alone time and a little more time in higher education.

Anonymous

I THINK THAT THE CHURCH IS CONCERNED WITH FINDING THE THINGS THAT ARE COMMON WITH mORMONS AND OTHER FAITHS. tHIS IS CONTRARY TO TRENDS IN THE PAST WHEN WE CONCENTRATED ON THE WAYS WE WERE UNIQUE. iT IS MUCH BETTER TO FIND COMMONALITIES THAN TRYING TO STAND ALONE.

I Guess

Treating women as property is a "High moral standard "? I guess living in some century other than the current one is another "high moral standard' ? I guess that until these Muslims take over the USA like they are trying to do in Great Britain and institute sharia law everything is just well and swell. I don t trust Muslims . Not any of them

Walt

I think Mr. Moulton was probably giving his first ever newspaper interview in his whole life, and made a very unfortunate choice of words. I doubt he has been "taught" to believe that Islam is a violent culture "and stuff." It might have been appropriate in this case for the reporter to read that quote back to him and ask something like "Is this really what you mean to say?"

Muslims

I attended a presentation at BYU where I learned there are more Muslims in China than the middle east and more Muslims in Indonesia than the rest of the world combined.

In other words, to the West, Islam has wrongly been defined by the Middle-Eastern radicals. Most Muslims are peace-loving and respectful people, including towards women, previous commentor. Not all Muslims are like the caricatures you see on tv.

Lee

OK ,So not all Muslims are terrorists.But, all the terrorists have been Muslim.Right, Muslims are so nice living in our culture.But you won't find any religous schools in muslim countries tolerating anything but Islam.How many missionaries does the LDS Church have in muslim countries?I'll answer it for you, NONE!I remember Saudi Arabia trying to keep chaplains & Bibles out of thier country when we sent our troops there to defend them in 1991.All of you Pollyanna's just keep thinking that "diversity" pap.But don't don't try it in muslim countries. You may not come back.

significant commonalities

1. A prophet; Who superceeds the Bible. "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you let him be enternally condemned. (Galatians 1:8)
2 They both deny the God of the Bible the(Tri-une God)

One question,

Besides poverty and violence, name one thing Islam has contributed to the global society?

Name one, ONE!!, Islamic figure who has contributed to science, medicine, social progress, civil rights, education, government, and/or business?

I'm waiting....

to significant commonalities

Give it a rest, will ya? Why are so many fringe Christians eager to stir up trouble?

BYU Fan

To the Utah State transfer that apparently didn't enjoy having women bring him treats -- get over it. Most guys like having pretty, young women visit.

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