- When and where is Jumuah prayer held?
Jumuah (Friday) prayer is held every week in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, 169 High St. at 1:00 p.m & 2:30pm. Please contact Imam Sami Abdul Aziz through email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 484-995-9676 for questions.
- How can I further my knowledge about Islam on campus?
There are a variety of ways that one can further his/her knowledge about Islam on campus. Every week Friday service at 1pm and 2:30pm provides knolwedge. The Muslim Student's Association along with the Muslim Chaplain also sponsor many outreach events on campus which have ranged from, "Islamophobia" to “Marriage and Love in Islam,” to “Pacifism: The Jihad of the 21st Century.” Furthermore, Wesleyan Religion department continues to expand its course offerings on Islam, so be on the look out for those great opportunities. Furthermore, students may opt to email Imam Sami (email@example.com) with their requests for particular classes or 1 on 1 sessions.
- Does Wesleyan offer Halal dining options?
Yes! Usdan Marketplace now serves halal options in its "Classics" section Monday through Thrusday at dinner time. There are also halal organic prepared frozen meals available at WeShop. There is also 2 halal resturants within walking distance of campus called Tandoor and Cardinal Pizza (please check with manger on current halal offerings). Imam Sami is also able to purchase halal meat for students at local Muslim marketplaces.
- What does a Muslim Chaplain do?
A Muslim Chaplain focuses on 5 core areas:
Ministry: Offering spiritual guidance in Friday sermons through training community leaders, and fulfilling other religious rituals. Male students are trained to deliver the khutba at Wesleyan University.
Guidance counseling: Assisting students with life's simple and difficult challenges, from theological concerns to family relations to time management, and everything in between.
Advocacy: Working closely with university administration in ensuring that essential Muslim needs are accommodated on campus, including prayer space, halal dining options, etc.
Teaching: Organizing educational seminars, lectures, forums, and discussions throughout the year on a variety of topics relating to Islamic beliefs, ethics, and spirituality, which are open to the entire campus community.
Building interfaith relations: Developing opportunities and programs for healthy conversations and activities between religious communities on campus.
- What are your (the chaplain’s) office hours?
Imam Sami's office hours are flexible to student schedules. Its best to email Imam Sami (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a time to meet.
- How large and diverse is the Muslim population on campus?
Wesleyan has a respectable Muslim population that is certainly diverse. We have international students from various countries as well as American Muslims from all over the country, spanning from California to New York. On campus, both Sunni and Shi’a students work closely together and are always ready to learn, reflect, question, and feel safe doing so at Wesleyan. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join our family no matter where you feel you may be on the religious spectrum.
- Are there masaajid in the area that I can attend?
The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford:
Address: 1781 Wilbur Cross Highway Berlin, CT 06037.
Phone: (860) 829- 6411.
Farmington Valley American Muslim Center
Address: 35 Harris Road, Avon CT 06001
The Islamic Center of the Jafaria Association of Connecticut is an Islamic Center of the Shi’a ithna-ashari Muslims.
Address: 1 Meriden Road, Middlefield, CT 06481.