University of Kansas Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 22 March 2013.

Contact Information

Address: The University of Kansas, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, KS 66045
Email: arif_huq@hotmail.com
Website: http://msaku.com

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History

The national Muslim Students Association has branches all over the USA and Canada. It started in 1963 when seventy Muslim students from across America and Canada came together at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to discuss the state of Muslims across the continent. At that time, small organizations for Muslim students were forming all over the U.S., particularly in the mid-western region. However, these organizations consisted mostly of graduate students who were about to return home after their studies, and these organizations lacked a national-level organization. The students meeting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign held their first national MSA convention, and MSA has held an annual national convention ever since that time. It helped found the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). MSA’s main goal is da’wah, or missionary training, leading people to the truth of Islam. The MSA branch at the University of Kansas started in the late 70s, and the branch has recently started up again. The Islamic Center of Lawrence helped found it and continues to give it strong support. Outside Muslim sources and the University of Kansas student senate also provide funding.

Demographics

The Muslims who attend the MSA events are of diverse ethnicity and from various countries. They are students who range in age from 18 to 26.

Description

Regular meetings take place in a small room in the campus Student Union building. The room has tables and chairs. Special events are held at other locations, usually on campus or at the Islamic Center of Lawrence.

Activities and Schedule

There are two main objectives of the KU MSA. The first is Islamic Awareness or clarifying American misconceptions about Islam, and the second is community, uniting the Muslim students in the University of Kansas. The organization attains these goals by scheduling and sponsoring events that take place mostly on campus. An example of an activity is showing a documentary movie, “Islam: the Empire of Faith.” Other activities include da’wah tables for handing out Islamic information to students who pass by and question-and-answer panels on specific Islamic issues.

Researcher Credits

Student researchers were Gerren Vincent and Benjamin Sedillo.