The Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor strives to please God through serving the campus community by creating an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere, strengthening ties with other groups, and promoting education and activism.
As one of the oldest chapters, the MSA at U-M was founded in 1964 by a group of international students from the gulf countries. Over time, more and more Muslims from the surrounding communities of Michigan began to be more involved with the MSA, and by the 90’s began to organize weekly halaqas, iftaars, jumu’ah, and Islamic Awareness Week.
By the 2000’s, the MSA broadened its scope and started become active in facets such as social justice and community. This is where the MSA needed to initiate dialogue with the rest of campus, especially after 9/11 when Muslims on campus did not feel comfortable.
Since the year 2000, the MSA won multiple Organization of the Year awards. Also since then…
- STP was introduced (in 2005)
- The Reflection Room campaign was initiated (in 2006)
- Chaplaincy was first started (in 2011-2012)
Today, campus is home to more than 2000 Muslims from all parts of the world. While we don’t expect to be able to serve each and every one, it is our duty to make the lives of Muslims on campus who may be living away from home easier by fostering a community where they feel comfortable. This year in 2016, we hope to do amazing things inshaAllah, and we hope you are willing to be a part of this!