The Muslim Student Association is undergoing some major revitalization after being founded 17 years ago.

The MSA held its call-out meeting in Bracken Library in early September. President Saleem Abufares and public relations manager Anas Almassrahy encouraged new members to get involved.

The goals of the MSA are to share Islamic culture with Ball State’s campus, connect with the Islamic faith and participate in community service projects. The organization also aims to clear up misconceptions of Islam that students may have, according to Benny Link.

Regular activities organized by the MSA include:

  • Islamic Awareness Week, held annually
  • Monthly Dinner held 2nd Saturday of every month
  • Weekly discussion about Islam, held at the Islamic Center
  • Dinner during Ramadan for students at the Islamic Center
  • Taraweh prayers at night in the month of Ramadan
  • Annual Ramadan Banquet held in the Student Center
  • Eid celebrations on Saturday following Eid prayer

Information provided by Muslim Student Association official website

Almassrahy, a junior urban planning and development major, believes these are important goals.

“Diversity is the way to success. A lot of people are willing to learn and diversity is the way to go,” Almassrahy said. “There’s a lot out there in this world.”

Although Almassrahy was born and raised in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he said that Ball State students don’t need to travel abroad to experience Islamic culture and faith.

“We are here,” Almassrahy said.

Currently, the MSA is looking for new members and filling executive positions. These include the position of a vice president and ambassadors to other organizations on campus. So far, only one position within the public relations team has been filled.

The MSA will be working closely with the Saudi Student Club on campus and the Islamic Center, Muslim students’ place of worship, off campus. Members can be of any faith.

“Our plan is to have more ambassadors with other organizations on campus, such as the different faiths that we have here,” Almassrahy said.

Events to raise awareness across campus and worship groups for Muslim students have yet to be scheduled. However, the MSA plans on holding an Islamic Awareness Week next semester, which will include entertainment, social events and a demonstration on how to wear a hijab. All Ball State students and Muncie community members are welcome to MSA activities and events.

The organization plans on meeting every other Wednesday. Times and locations are yet to be finalized.