By Jestelle Irizarry
Loyola University Chicago’s Muslim Student Association’s annual Islam Awareness Week begins Monday, consisting of a series of lectures and activities to raise awareness about Islam and the Muslim community on campus.
Loyola’s MSA is a non-profit student organization striving to spread tolerance and build a stronger community by educating all students, staff, and faculty about Islam and its teachings.
The MSA provides Loyola with a better understanding of Islam and sheds light on misconceptions that have been accepted as truth in society by organizing lectures, exhibitions, social gatherings and picnics to promote friendship and understanding.
Join the MSA for a week full of informative and entertaining events:
MONDAY MARCH 18
Taste of Faith | 3-5PM | McCormick Lounge (Coffey Hall)
Experience the diversity of Muslims through food from across the world.
In Search of Peace | 4PM | McCormick Lounge (Coffey Hall)
A diverse panel of speakers share their journeys and experiences in Islam.
Hijab Workshop | 6PM | Mundelein 616
Stop by for a quick hijab (headscarf) tutorial in preparation for Wednesday’s event, Walk a Mile in Her Hijab!
Muhammad | 7:30PM | McCormick Lounge (Coffey Hall) | Speaker: Professor Omer Mozaffar, Faculty at Loyola University Chicago
An arbiter, diplomat, father, judge, merchant, philosopher, orator, leader, legislator, reformer, military general, and the messenger of God. Who was this man?
TUESDAY MARCH 19
Exploring Islamic Art | 3-5PM | Simpson MPR
An exhibit displaying different forms of Islamic art and architecture inspired by Islam and the Quran.
Understanding Jihad | 7PM | Galvin Auditorium (Sullivan Center) | Speaker: Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
A struggle for peace or a threat to the west?
WEDNESDAY MARCH 20
Walk a Mile in Her Hijab | All Day | Loyola University Chicago
Try out the Hijab (veil) to experience a day in the life of a Muslim Woman. All are encouraged to wear a pink headscarf as a sign of unity with those participating.
Rethinking Feminism | 4:15PM | Bremner Lounge (CFSU) | Speaker: Tahera Ahmad, Associate University Chaplain at Northwestern University
How does Islam liberate the Muslim woman?
Hijabi Monologues| 8PM | Galvin Auditorium (Sullivan Center)
A journey into the soul of the American Muslim Hijabi.
THURSDAY MARCH 21
Sharing a Meal with Our Neighbors | 12-2PM | Bremner Lounge (CFSU)
Help make a difference, bag a lunch for the underserved through Inspiration Corporation.
Our Shared Lineage: An Interconnection between Abrahamic Faiths | 6 PM | Cuneo 210 | Speaker: Professor Zubeyir Nisanci
Join us as we discuss the ties between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Entertainment Night | 8PM | Galvin Auditorium (Sullivan Center)
A night of entertainment where MSA members showcase their talents.
FRIDAY MARCH 22
Jummuah| 1:40PM & 2:40PM | Mundelein 14th Floor
Observe a sermon and prayer attended weekly by billions of Muslims around the world.
IAW Culmination Dinner | 7PM | Mundelein Auditorium | Speaker: Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Darul Qasim Institute
Enjoy a complimentary dinner and a glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad, the effects he had on the world, and the progress made in the past 1400 years.
All week the MSA will have an information booth in the Centennial Forum Student Union or check out its Facebook page for more information.