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THE RELIGIOUS LIFE IN THE CITY OF SIN

Being Muslim in Las Vegas

Just a short hop from the undisputed world capital of gambling, fornication, drunkenness and gluttony is a 10,000-strong Muslim community. Jonathan Margolis heads down to the mosque

‘Other Muslims think it’s crazy that we’re here’: Ahmadullah Rokai Yusufzai, aka Rocky (right), with, from left, his cousin Farid Jalal, son Naweed Belal Yusufzai, 18, and daughter Medinah, 11. Photograph: Jonathan Margolis for the Observer

Even for someone indifferent or downright hostile to religion, Friday prayers at a mosque have a haunting sound and beauty, a compelling quality of devoutness and spirituality rare in any other faith and hard not to find deeply affecting. At Masjid-e-Tawheed, the mosque I am visiting on a crisp winter’s morning, there is good…

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