A roomful of ROTC cadets listened attentively to three Muslim sheikhs describe the fundamentals of Islam in Russell Steindam Hall on Thursday. The Islamic orientation was conceived and coordinated by Battalion Cadet Executive Officer Ahsar Nasar, who is also the vice president of the Islamic Center of Greater Austin.
"Both sides really want to understand each other," Nasar said. "The pieces were all already there." At the orientation, Sheikh Sahmuddeen, Sheikh Khalid Syed and Sheikh Umer Ibrahim, representatives of three Austin-area mosques, explained fundamentals such as the five pillars of Islam and the six pillars of faith. (MORE)