OKLAHOMA CITY — A group of supporters formed a makeshift greeting line to escort Muslims into the Oklahoma state Capitol for Friday’s first-ever Muslim Day as a smaller group of protesters heckled participants when they arrived.

The event was hosted by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a means to foster civic engagement among the state’s estimated 40,000 Muslims.

Adam Soltani, the group’s executive director, said Muslims in Oklahoma are increasingly being targeted with anti-Islamic rhetoric, some of it from Republican state legislators, making it even more important to learn how government operates.

For example, Republican Rep. John Bennett is a frequent critic of CAIR who has said he believes Islam is a threat to America.

“Our first Capitol day is about laying the foundation for civic engagement … and getting our community to understand the process a lot better,” Soltani said. “We’re hoping the people who attend this will form a base of Oklahoma Muslims who can do lobbying and sitting down with their elected officials and things like that.”

In 2010, more than 70 percent of Oklahoma voters approved a ban on Sharia, or Islamic, law that was later overturned by the courts.

Discussion topics Friday included racial profiling, the importance of political engagement and how the First Amendment to the Constitution applies to religion in public schools.

On Friday, protesters who traveled from as far away as Indiana shouted anti-Islamic sentiments. Others held signs with inflammatory anti-Muslim language. The conservative groups Overpasses for America and III Percent Patriots of Oklahoma reserved space at the Capitol to protest Muslim Day, while a Libertarian group rallied in support.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had uniformed officers in and around the building, but there were no reports of arrests.