Muslim Student Life

Changes in Prayer related accommodations due to COVID-19

Assalam o Alaikum,  

I wish and pray for you all the best of health and Iman.  In consultation with MSA, I have decided the following actions to ensure everyone's health and safety during COVID-19.   

We have temporarily suspended Friday Congregational prayers (Salat ul Jumm'a) and the post-Jumma community gathering (lunch) on campus.  If there is a group of Muslim students who would like to hold congregational prayers, please reach out to me.  I am happy to coordinate it for you keeping in view COVID-19 safety protocols.  

Loras Hall is no longer available, instead you may use the Meditation Room on the Second Floor of ASC.  There is another Meditation Room in the Iversen Center for Faith (ICF) that is open and available to use for daily Muslim prayers.    

We have temporarily removed all prayer rugs from all meditation rooms. We request Muslim students to bring their own prayer rugs from home to avoid the spread of virus through sharing prayer rugs.  If you do not have a prayer rug with you, travel rugs are available in each of the meditation rooms. Please take one to use and then keep it to reuse or dispose of.

Please do NOT share your prayer rugs with other students.  

If you notice that the portable prayer rugs supply in any of the meditation rooms is depleting, please let me know. I will make arrangements for more.  

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to me at sadaf.shier@stthomas.edu.   

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Juma Prayer Timings

Salat-ul-Jum'a/Friday Prayers are lead regularlyby Muslim students who lead prayer and deliver sermons. If you are interested in leading Friday Prayers or giving sermons, please contact Dr. Sadaf Rauf Shier. Our prayer spaces are open to everyone and are NOT restricted to St. Thomas students only.

Zabeeha Halal Snacks will be provided after Salat-ul-Jum'a

Our meditation rooms are open to people from all faith traditions. Muslim students frequently use these rooms for their daily prayers. Prayer rugs and Kaba locators are available in those rooms.

1. Anderson Student Center (ASC 251), St. Paul Campus

Room Hours: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

https://www.stthomas.edu/asc/facilitiesandservices/meditationroom/

2. Minneapolis Opus Hall (MOH200), Minneapolis Campus

Room Hours: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

3. Meditation Room in Law School, Minneapolis Campus

4. Iversen Center for Faith on St. Paul Campus (ICF LL 12)

Seperate Wudu Stations are available for Muslim men and women.

St. Paul Campus

Wudu Stations for Muslim Women

Iversen Center for Faith LL (Lower Level) RR (Restroom) 02A

 Wudu Stations for Muslim Men

Iversen Center for Faith LL RR 03A

Minneapolis Campus

Separate Wudu Stations for Muslim men and women are installed in the Meditation Room (MOH200) at the Minneapolis Campus.

Watering Pots in ASC and ICF Restrooms

Restrooms on all four levels of the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul Campus have watering pots for taharat.

Restrooms in Iversen Center for Faith also have watering pots for taharat

 

 

Like and follow these vibrant and dedicated student clubs run by Muslim Students:

Muslim Student Association

(http://www.facebook.com/MSAatUST/)

The current executive board of Muslim Student Association is presided by Mohamoud Yusuf (President), Rabia Sheikh (Vice President), Laila Sheikh (Secretary), Walid Hassan (Treasurer), Bahja Mahmoud, and Aziza.

Saudi Student Club

(https://www.facebook.com/SaudiClubUST/)

The leadership of Saudi Student Club includes Sireen Bakkari (President) and Ahmad Karsou (Vice President), Abdullah Alsaedi (Treasurer), Raghad (Programming and Planning).

Annual Events for Muslim Students

In addition to several other events, the following annual events are organized by our Muslim Students.

  • MSA Night
  • Saudi Student' Night
  • Saudi National Day
  • Ask a Muslim Student
  • Hijab Awareness
  • Hijab and Kufi Challenge
  • Muslim Students' Retreat
  • Ramadan Iftar
  • Eid-ul-Fitar

If you would like to be connected to a Muslim Student Leader at St. Thomas, please e-mail Dr. Sadaf Rauf Shier at shie3350@stthomas.edu.