Kent Muslim Student Association (MSA)

This profile was last updated in 2006

Research conducted by affiliates at Kent State University led by Dr. David W. Odell-Scott and Dr. Surinder M. Bhardwaj in 1999.

Activities and Schedule

Weekly meetings are held on Tuesday at 3:00 P.M. The group also gathers as friends during the day on weekdays, in a room for prayer in Kent State University Student Center. Some of the goals of the group are to attempt interfaith dialogue with Christians, and to schedule some speakers. They have also organized a weekly table on 2nd floor of Student Center to distribute pamphlets as well as organizing tables at Flash Fest and student orientation week. Some of the members teach in the local Islamic School. Quarterly newsletter published by the Islamic Society of Akron-Kent.

History

The group was founded by graduates (Namen & others) in late 1980’s or early 1990’s, but it fell apart in 1993 or 1994, for lack of proper organization and undergraduate membership. It was revived again by Ahmad and four or five others in 1996. Some of the problems that the group had to overcome was two years without funding and that Ahmad had to learn English from native speakers (African-American members).

Demographics

The university provides a diverse mixture of students. The age range is about 19-28 years, and everyone speaks English.

Description

The group meets in the rooms upstairs in Student Center, and there is no foreseeable change because the group is satisfied with the location. The mosque is a gathering place and activities include not only worship but “hanging out” as well. The lounge (floor space) is for prayer and meetings are held around tables in various rooms.

Mission Statement

The group’s Mission statement is as follows:
1. Educate public and breakdown terrorist stereotypes (among others).
2. Convert voluntarily while spreading message.
3. Accommodate and help internationals adjust.