Skip to comments.BYU Hawaii’s First Non-Mormon Student President Credits Mormons for Making Him a Better Muslim
Posted on 05/03/2012 12:26:10 PM PDT by reaganaut
Mustapha El Akkari recently became the first non-Mormon student body president at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Interestingly, El Akkari is a Muslim who credits the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-affiliated school with making him a better Islamic adherent.
In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune the business management student, who is at the school on a basketball scholarship, highlighted the ways in which LDS has assisted his faith.
El Akkari, who was born in Tripoli, Lebanon, will be a senior next fall. During the interview, he shared his experience living with a Christian family in America. Additionally, he discussed the culture shock he encountered upon attending BYU, specifically when it comes to the honor code and other strict regulations:
It was a big shock for me. I read articles about it, but I thought it would be like a normal college. It was none of that. It was really straight with an honor code and all no tea or coffee meant no tea or coffee. I had lived through a half-Jewish, half-Christian family but not Mormons. But I adjusted right away. I fit in. Im a little unique the only Arabic speaker or Lebanese on campus but I love Hawaiians. I never knew any Polynesians before. I called my parents and told them there were islands in the Pacific where people live. They never knew it. I decided I was going to learn from the experience and bring my culture to them.
When asked to share how his Islamic faith has been impacted by attending a Mormon university, El Akkari provided some intriguing assessments. In sum, BYU has positively impacted and reinforced his faith.
Before I came to this school, I was not a practicing Muslim. I had never been to a Muslim school, he explained. When I came here, I saw all these religious people who were successful and I thought, I want to be like them. I want to base my life on principles, you cant fail this way.
The student reiterated his belief that Islam is right and said that the experience of attending the school caused him to read Muslim books and educate himself.
Mustapha El Akkari Credits Brigham Young University Hawaii for Strengthening His Islamic Faith
Now I read the Quran, do my five daily prayers and fast during the month of Ramadan. The Mormons kind of woke me up, El Akkari explained. I havent felt any discrimination from them, but their attempts to convert me always will be there. They believe their religion is right. I dont really blame them.
If he goes back to Lebanon after graduation, he said that he will play basketball, as it is easy and is something that he loves. During the interview, he also made mention of his brother, Mohammad El-Akkari, who The Blaze recently covered for scoring a record-breaking 113 points in a single basketball game.
Muslims & Mormons in Hawaii
Sounds like the 2012 Presidential Election Debate title if it was held in Honolulu
Ping for the Inmans.
You're going to base your life on a religion that espouses child rape, subjugation of women, and the active involvement in terror around the globe?
BYU Hawaiis First Non-Mormon Student President Credits Mormons for Making Him a Better Muslim,
I havent felt any discrimination from them, but their attempts to convert me always will be there. They believe their religion is right
Did he not understand that those “attempts” were a form or discrimination ???
Apparently not. However, Mormons are a lot less hostile to Muslims than they are Christians.
When I was Mormon, and a student at BYU in Provo, I was in the honors program. I went to see my Academic advisor about taking some grad level courses and was told by my ACADEMIC advisor that I was there to ‘find a husband’ not get an education. Not kidding.
Yes thats true...
but then they identify with and tolerate Moslems and not Christians...
Mormonism is closer to Islam than it is to Christianity...
Thats the way the founder Joey Smith planned it to be...
Gotcha. My engineer father in law usually begins that phrase with “Royal Mongolian..”
Burger King fast food made me a better adherent to home cooking.
I’m not surprised... muslims use their wives until they are 5 hours dead, then mormons baptize them and use them for eternity...
What’s the matter? Don’t you believe in recycling?/s
Our D.I. used to tell us that we “looked like a bunch of monkeys trying to F a foot ball”.
Another one of his gems was that “we looked worse than a Chinese fire drill”, at least that was a little cleaner than the former.
I supposed it’s completely politically incorrect and unacceptable to use another one of his now. “Nothing from (name your state) but steers and queers and I don’t see any horns on you boy”. He’d probably be answered with a loud, “yeth thir” nowadays.
Dont you believe in recycling?/s
Well, isn’t that special? I guess he is inspired now to kill some infidel - after all, the satanic scriptures require it.