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One of the most active organizations on campus was the Muslim
Students' Association (MSA). Unlike most other organizations, MSA
required absolutely nothing to join; one simply asked to be added to the
mailing list and attended activities that MSA hosted, and they were
"We're always doing things around campus, like monthly dinners,
interfaith dialogues, the (Da'wa Table', Jummuah, and occasional social
events," said sophomore psychology major Afshana Haque, co-president of MSA.
MSA's primary goal was to cater to the needs of the many Muslim
students on campus. For example, they set up two general locations, in
the A.D. Bruce Religion Center and on the fifth floor of the M.D.
Anderson Library on campus, for students to go pray. They held freshman orientation in the summer, two weeks before school started, so
Muslims could meet other Muslims attending the University, help each
other set up schedules, and buy and sell books. They also provided
Jummuah: Jummuah is the special Friday prayers in which Muslims
are required to hear a sermon and then pray in congregation around
"It's great that we have Jummuah on campus because it is difficult
to get out of class and go find a mosque in time. By the time you finally do get there, you've missed the prayer," said freshman psychology
major Ridwan Khan.
One major event for Muslims is Ramadan, the month of fasting.
And when it was time to break fast often many students were still on
campus, but they had no fear because they knew MSA provided Iftaar
(the meal with which muslims break fast); and of course, it was on the
Another aspiration of the MSA was Da'wa, educating others about
Islam. MSA usually set up a "Da'wa Table" every Wednesday and
Thursday at the UC or in the PGH Breezeway to distribute pamphlets,
books, and to provide people with information about Islam.
"For the purpose of raising awareness about Ramadan, we just had
a special cDa'wa Table' on November 15th during which we set up the
PGH Breezeway with Islamic posters, art, books, pamphlets, food, and
we were also selling henna designs for a small price to raise funds for
upcoming events. It was a great success and we had lots of fun," said
sophomore pre-dentistry major Leya Khan.
-By Sadaf F. Farooqui
Freshman psychology major Umaima
Jafri fills up her plate with delicious Chinese food at a dinner provided by MSA.
MSA held monthly dinners for its members. The dinners gave Muslim youth at
the university a chance to socialize with
Photo by Sadaf Farooqui
Senior computer science major Kashif Mumtaz gives the sermon for Jummuah prayers at the Quad It is verv
important, especialy for men, to attend these special Friday prayers in a congregation, and so it was great that
it was provided on campus for those who didn't have time to get to a mosque. Different people gave the this
religious speech on Fridays throughout the school year.
Photo by Lorrie Novosad
Mudassar Khan Al-Hindi
Muhammad Arshad Khan
Junior psychology major Wajiha Waheed puts henna on the hands of
sophomore university studies major Julie Nieto. On November 15,2001,
MSA put together a special Islamic awareness setup to tell people
about the upcoming month of Ramadan. It was in the PGH Breezeway
and others on campus had the opportunity to come eat Arabic food,
get some henna designs on their hands and feet, and learn a little
something about Islam.
Photo by Kena Alvarado
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