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University Muslim students ask for prayer space

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Muslim students at Iowa's three public universities are asking for a permanent prayer space.

University of Northern Iowa undergraduate Nadir Khan says it's important for him to pray five times a day.

"It's a sin. If you don't pray five times a day, it's a sin," Khan says.

He has to drive from UNI to the Islamic Center in Waterloo if he wants to pray. He even bought a car, so he can pray.

"It's expensive. I have to pay for insurance. I have to pay for the car, but I have to do it, " he says.

And he's not alone. Other students say they have to pray in a corner in the hallway or library so they do not miss class.

There is a room that Muslim students can pray in, but it's only open for two hours during the day.

The Muslim Student Association is working with administration to find a place for Muslim students to pray.

The three universities say no other students has asked for space at this time, but they will work with any group that asks for their own space.

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