Yussuf Awadir Abdi, an Imam who is on a federal government terrorist watch list, delivered the opening prayer at a Utah Senate Session in February 2020.
After delivering the prayer, Abdi took to Facebook to praise “allah”. He wrote:
All praises is due to Allaah who gave me to mention his name and his prayer front of our state senators. Thank you UTAH Muslim Civic league for giving me this opportunity.
Abdi is one of several muslims that The Utah Muslim Civic League has arranged to deliver the opening prayers at the Utah State Capitol. The Utah Muslim Civic League is an organization that seeks to get muslims in Utah involved in politics, including running for office.
Abdi is the imam of Salt Lake City’s Madina Masjid Islamic Center.