(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mersiaj Kadic, left, and Selma Kisija pose for a portrait in front of the renovated Maryam Mosque Saturday during the celebration of its grand opening at 425 N. 700 East. The day featured tours, music, authentic Bosnian food in celebration of the completion of the extensive remodeling of the mosque by the Islamic Society of Bosniaks in Utah.
More than 7,000 Bosnian refugees, their relatives and friends — who mostly are Muslims — call the Beehive State home after seeking shelter first in Europe and then the United States.
On Saturday, Utah’s Islamic Society of Bosniaks (as they call themselves) held a grand opening for its Maryam Mosque, named after the Virgin Mary, whom Muslims revere almost as much as Christians.
The free event featured tours, music and authentic Bosnian foods while providing an opportunity for neighbors and other community members to see the worship space.
“As a part of greater American society, we try to present our religion of Islam and our national Bosnian heritage the best way we can,” Amir Salihovic, the mosque’s imam, said in a news release.