MSA

Mission Statement

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) provides Yale students with the opportunity to come together in a supportive Muslim environment and seeks to educate and raise awareness about Islam in the Yale and New Haven communities.  All students and community members are welcome to MSA activities and events.  We recognize that students come from different backgrounds and are at varied levels in their own faith, and we welcome all.

Fall 2018 Board

Eid Banquet 2018. Left to right: Omer Bajwa, Yasmin Abdella JE ‘22, Ladan Mohamed BR ‘19, Farhha Feroz BF ‘20, Samir Al-Ali SM ‘21; Not shown: Rashid Akbari, Iram Sharieff, Mehdi Baqri, Yousof Omeish

Major Events

All of our activities are publicized through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YaleMSA. Please follow our Instagram page as well. We also have an electronic newsletter - email Omer for more information.

Jumuah (Friday) Prayers are conducted weekly on campus throughout the academic year.  These prayers are held in the Dwight Hall Chapel at 1:00 pm.  Khutbas (sermons) are given by a wide variety of people including students, faculty, guest Muslim chaplains, and Islamic scholars.  Everyone one is welcome to attend.  Please contact the Coordinator of Muslim Life, Omer Bajwa, for more information. During recess, we encourage our community to pray off-campus at local mosques, such as Masjid al-Islam which starts Jumuah at 1:10 pm.

Halaqas (Discussion Circles) are offered weekly on Mondays at 8:00 pm in the Musalla.  These Islamic study circles cover various topics including: applied theology (iman), Prophetic biography (sira), Islamic history (tarikh), practical jurisprudence (fiqh), and spiritual cultivation (ihsan).

Eid Banquet is an annual celebration in the Fall that commemorates Abraham’s sacrifice during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and celebrates the diversity of the Yale community.  To see photos of years past, please click here.

Ivy Muslims Conference brings together hundreds of Muslim students from across the Ivy League for a weekend of networking, fellowship, and unique conversations about the intellectual and spiritual opportunities and challenges of being Muslim today.

Halal Dinners are a weekly opportunity to eat and socialize with Muslim students in a residential dining hall with Halal food.

During Ramadan, there are daily Iftar dinners in a residential dining hall.  

Halal BBQ is held at Chaplain Sharon Kugler’s house in the early-Fall to welcome new and returning students.

Islamic Awareness Week is held every year in the Spring with the purpose of better acquainting the campus community with Islam and Muslim cultures.