DAVIDSON,NC– Middle and high school Students at Davidson Day School in North Carolina learnt about modern day Islam last week. The guest speaker Ahmad Shakur is the founder and director for the Center for the African Diaspora in Charlotte and director of development for the Museum of Muslim Cultures.
He discussed misperceptions of Islam, its history, and how some modern day conflicts are based on that history. He also visited an Islamic history class at the school and in which the students for their final projects are researching how Islamic history is impacting modern global issues.
â€œMiddle school students really thrive in an environment that allows them to think about the world around them,â€ Mr. Coddington,a teacher, told the Davidson News said. â€œIt allows them to think about themselves, take an issue that is relevant to their lives, and gain an educated perspective.â€
Fast-a-thon held at Southern Methodist
DALLAS,TX–The Muslim Students Association at Southern Methodist University held its annual fast-a-thon on Nov.3. The funds raised this year for orphans around the world. MSA President Khurram Taufiq told the student newspaper that Fast-a-Thon allows college students to make a difference.
â€œWe as students oftentimes canâ€™t do a whole lot of donating to charities,â€ Taufiq said. â€œBut Islam teaches us to always give back to the community what we can, regardless of the amount.â€ According to MSA reps the SMU MSA has raised close to $1.2 million for various charitable activities in the last eleven years.
Fire doesnâ€™t stop Wichita mosque
WICHITA,KS–A fire which gutted a Wichita mosque couldnâ€™t deter are Muslims from holding their prayers.
The Islamic Association Mosque held its friday prayers outside the burned facility. Its caught fire last Monday morning and flames gutted the inside. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Federal agents are leading the investigation to determine if the fire was an accident or a hate crime. The Islamic Association had received threatening letters prior to their building catching fire.
Purdue holds Islamic Awareness Week
The Muslim Students Association at Purdue University held its second annual Islamic Awareness Week by hosting a variety of activities last week and its theme was â€œExploring the Muslim World.â€
The Muslim Student Association was excited to see a large increase in visitors this year compared to last, with more than 1,250 people visiting throughout the week.
The event aimed to educate others about the fundamentals of the Muslim culture and Islam, as well as correct common misconceptions, which revolved around theology and fine details. The bazaar, located in Memorial Mall throughout last week, hosted a variety of booths displaying different aspects of Islamic culture including food samples, henna tattoos and boards explaining the basics of Islam.
Boston University gets footbaths for Muslim students
BOSTON,MA–Muslim students at Boston University donâ€™t have to worry about spilling the water while they do wudu on campus. The universityâ€™s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs has installed footbaths in its bathrooms, the BU Today reported.
Designed to accommodate Muslim students who must wash before prayer five times a day, the footbaths are available to everyone.
Elsie El Dayaa, CELOPâ€™s operations manager, says the decision to add the footbaths fit nicely with the officeâ€™s planned remodel and its desire to meet the needs of its growing Muslim student population.
The number of Middle Eastern students enrolled at CELOPâ€”many of them Muslimâ€”has grown by 175 percent in the past four years and Middle Eastern students now comprise nearly 40 percent of the programâ€™s total population, according to El Dayaa. That is due in large part to a significant increase in enrollment of Saudi Arabian students sent by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation. Several other Muslim students come from Africa and Asia.
CELOP is so proud of its new facilities, El Dayaa says, that â€œnow weâ€™re known as the office that shows you its bathroom.â€