Lots of kids in Albuquerque grow up with a mom of one faith and a dad of
another. But not every kid grows up with a Muslim dad from Afghanistan and
a Christian mom from Ohio.

“We went to Grace Church with my mom and to the mosque with my dad,” says
Salim Zamir, 27, the middle child of three. As a teenager at Albuquerque
High, his inner circle included friends of both faiths- soccer buddies and
cousins from his dad’s side of the family.

That ability to connect with all kinds of people was partly why the Islamic
Center of New Mexico named Zamir its general secretary. “We felt he would
be a great asset,” says Abdul Rauf Campos-Marquetti, 50, who previously
held the position


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