When an 18-year-old Muslim Malaysian exchange student needed a place for prayer in her new city in California, her neighbors were quick to open hearts and doors, Good News Network reported.
“I was so touched by the kind-hearted support I found,” Atul said in a school statement.
Atul, whose full name is Nur Adiatul Amiera Binti Zulkurnain, recently moved from Malaysia to attend the public Northcoast Preparatory Academy (NPA) in Arcata, California.
As a practicing Muslim, Atul prays five times a day. Though she was happy in Arcata, she quickly found that the city was not equipped with the prayer rooms that she was accustomed to in Malaysia.
Raising awareness about her plight, several schools and organizations offered up their facilities for her to use as prayer rooms.
The assistant manager of local bookstore Tin Can Mailman even offered up two of their spare rooms for Atul to use for prayer.
She even made a video of her work with the community to find prayer rooms in Arcata, so that she could practice her faith, and that future Muslim students have these resources.