The Spiritual Edge has been putting together a series of profiles about how people do — and do not — practice their religious beliefs. Ahmad Rashid Salim is Muslim and a prayer leader at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland.
Born in Afghanistan, his family came to the United States when he was 10 to escape the civil war. It was a big adjustment. Islam is the official religion in Afghanistan. Here, he was in the minority. Salim felt pressure to assimilate, but in high school found the resolve he needed to re-commit to his faith.