Between the fanaticism in the Mideast and out-of-context quotations by far-right Christian preachers, Mohammad Mujeeb sometimes worries that his Central Iowa neighbors misunderstand the peaceful religion that he follows. “We’re doing our best to get out the real Islam,” said Mujeeb, board chairman of the Darul Arqum Islamic Center in Ames. “We’re trying our best to compete” with inaccurate representations.

This weekend, that competition took the form of speakers, prayer and fellowship as part of a statewide conference held on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. The fifth Iowa Conference on Islam, sponsored by a consortium of Muslim student organizations, drew roughly 100 participants Saturday. Food, prayer and fellowship were available for the faithful. But organizers said a majority of the participants, for the first time, were non-Muslims…


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