Starting the week of Feb. 17th, Temple University’s Muslim Student Association will host its annual Islamic Awareness Week.
Throughout the week, educational booths on Islam will be reserved from 10a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Center.
The week will begin with a lecture concerning the “Qur’an and Science,” given by Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, the Director of the Foundation for Islamic Education of Villanova, Pa.
He is also the President of the Islamic Academy for Scientific Research and received an M.A. and Ph.D. with distinction and honors in Islamic Studies and History of Islamic Jurisprudence.
This event will be held in the Tuttleman building at 3 p.m. on the third floor.
On Tuesday there will be a screening of Spike Lee’s Malcolm X from 4-7 p.m. at Kiva Auditorium in Ritter Hall.
Also on Tuesday, Shaz Kaiseruddin, a Temple graduate student seeking a Ph.D. in Religion, will give a presentation on the topic of “Women in Islam.”
Wednesday will be host to a documentary titled “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet.”
Created and produced by Alexander Kronemer and Michael Wolfe, the film examines the life of Muhammad while demonstrating his lasting role in the diverse population of American Muslims.
Anwar Masud will be giving a speech on the politically-charged issue of “Justice vs. Greed” on Thursday.
This event is expected to be held in room 914 of Gladfelter Hall, which is the faculty lounge of the History Department.
To conclude the week, the MSA will be sponsoring a community service event in which it will feed the poor at a local homeless shelter.
IAW is one of the numerous objectives that the MSA seeks to employ.
According to MSA President, Waqar Rehman, “The most prominent objective of [the] MSA is to tend to the needs of the Muslim students at Temple University by facilitating for them the means to practice Islam on campus.”
The MSA provides such accommodations at its office in room 201 in the Student Center.
Furthermore, Rehman said, “It is also our objective to spread the true image of Islam.”
To accomplish this feat, the MSA periodically arranges information booths to help educate those interested in Islam.
The MSA, which now has about 30 active members, attempts to “hold events [that] are intended to teach the general student and faculty bodies of Temple about Islam” explains Rehman.
By informing the general public about Islam, the MSA hopes to shatter the false image that has been cast into the spotlight.
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