Members of the Muslim community have just completed the holy month of Ramadan, which is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and marks the month in which the Qur’an was revealed. It is a month of fasting from dawn until sunset, prayer, service to others, and recitation of the Qur’an.
The month of reflection and self-improvement concludes with Eid al Fitr, one of the most significant Islamic holidays. On this day, Muslims come together in prayer, community and to enjoy food as part of a joyous and beloved community.
There are times that the month of Ramadan and other religious holidays coincide with exams and other important coursework, and in these cases, Shenandoah makes accommodations to allow students to engage successfully in both worship practices and academics.
At all times of the year, Muslim students can have halal food by request in Allen Dining Hall, use the Muslim Prayer Room in Cooley Hall, and connect with Hanaa Unus, the university’s chaplain and Muslim community coordinator.
“On behalf of the Muslim students, staff, and faculty at SU, I would like to thank the university for helping move towards an environment of greater inclusivity and equity,” Unus said. “These are wonderful, and very significant, first steps and will unquestionably impact the experience of current Muslim students and the collage decision-making process for prospective students.”
To learn more about the resources available to Muslim students at Shenandoah, please contact Unus at email@example.com.