Comprised of members new to the Muslim faith and those who have been born into the tradition, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) exhibits great diversity.
Yasir Ahmed, current Vice President of the MSA, explains that “in a small meeting of ours, you are likely to find a complete cocktail of cultures represented, all under one religion…those who became Muslim two months ago and some eight years ago, and those who were born into Muslim families.”
For those interested in learning about the Muslim community on campus, the MSA also has non-Muslim members who partake in their programs, which include weekly Qur’an discussion groups as well as occasional mosque visits to allow for exposure to Islam and Muslims.
Not only does the MSA encourage non-Muslim members of the Millersville community to join in their events and discussions, but it has also conducted inter-faith discussions with other religious organizations on campus including University Christian Fellowship (UCF) and MU Hillel, Millersville’s Jewish organization.
Through discussions, these religious organizations present and explore their own unique beliefs. The MSA has initiated the project of bringing a meditation/spiritual room to Millersville’s campus so that students have a place to meditate and pray. Other faith-based groups, including UCF and MU Hillel, are working together with the MSA to achieve this goal. Last semester, Byerly Hall hosted a temporary room for these purposes and these religious groups on campus hope to have a permanent room sometime this semester.
When asked if there is anything happening right now with the MSA, Yasir shared the MSA’s initiative to contact all campus faculty and staff over the summer, inviting them to ask questions they had about Islam and Muslims and responding to them by the end of the summer.
Yasir explains that “the idea of this project was to build bridges and create an understanding of Islam and Muslims from within.”
For questions or to explore the Muslim faith, contact the Muslim Student Association at IslamAtMU@gmail.com.