Muslim clerics: We can learn from Mormons

Muslims could benefit from analyzing how Mormonism moved from being a misunderstood, beleaguered faith to a respected member of the American religious mainstream.

That was the conclusion of a handful of Los Angeles-based Muslim clerics and leaders who came to Utah last week at the invitation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

...At every stop, the Muslims found common causes with their Mormon hosts, they said.

"We want to learn from our Mormon brothers and sisters how to handle the plight of being part of pluralism while preserving our religious values," said Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a public-service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. "Studying the hostility to Mormonism can be instructive to Muslims, who face the rise of Islamophobia."

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