Islam

Muslim Life at Gustavus

Prayers


multifaithLocated in Anderson Hall, the beautiful Bonnier Multifaith Center is designed for Muslim prayer as well as activities from diverse traditions. Accommodations include wheelchair-accessible washing stations, prayer rugs and hijabs, a folding screen, and ceiling lights that indicate the direction of Mecca. When the Multifaith Center is in use by a group, students are welcome to borrow prayer rugs and hijabs to pray in a nearby room.

Juma'ah (Friday) prayers are held at the St. Peter Islamic Center located at 622 Sunrise Drive. Go to Muslimpro.com for prayer times. Several other mosques and Islamic centers are located in Mankato, 10-12 miles away.

Ramadan Observance

During Ramadan, the Bonnier Multifaith Center is reserved every afternoon and evening for Muslim prayer. Dining Services works with Muslim students and the Chaplains' office to provide delicacies like samosas/sambusas and to have special foods available in the Marketplace. A campus-wide iftar provides an opportunity for Muslims to share their traditions with non-Muslim students, faculty, and staff. Faculty are alerted to the holiday so that Muslim students can schedule exams earlier in the day if they desire. 

Gustavus partners with the St. Peter Islamic Center to ensure that Muslim students can attend prayers and iftar each night during Ramadan. 

Halal Meat

Dining services serves halal meat several times per week, including Fridays. 

Muslim Students Association

Gustavus has an active chapter of the Muslim Students Association, whose goal is to support Muslim students and educate the campus community about Islam and the experiences of Muslims. All are welcome to join. The MSA sponsors educational and social events for Muslim students and the campus as a whole. 

Courses on Islam

Dr. Fuad S. Naeem, Assistant Professor in Religion, teaches courses on Islam and World Religions. His interests include Islamic intellectual traditions in South Asia, Muslim encounters with religious others, Islam and modernity, the Qur'an and its exegesis, and Islamic philosophy, theology, and esoteric traditions. He also participates in inter-religious panel discussions and other educational events for the campus at large. 

Other campus resources

Muslim students are invited to participate in the Multifaith Leadership Council, a student group linked to the Office of the Chaplains, and the Gustavus Interfaith Forum, an independent student organization promoting dialogue among people of different religions and worldviews. 

In addition, Muslim and other interested students are invited to work with Dr. Marian Broida, Interfaith Program Coordinator in the Office of the Chaplains, and with Abbey Lane , who coordinates the Crossroads Program to plan educational activities, interfaith discussions, or other programming. Dr. Broida is available to help non-Christian students observe their religious traditions.