For many students on campus, religion isn’t something they think about all day long but for Muslims, their religion is a daily activity.
Some students have seen Muslims praying in the hallways between classes and they wonder if it is ever awkward but most Muslims take pride in their faith.
“For me personally it is not difficult to pray in public it is actually a confidence boost,” first year student Mohammed Khan said. “Usually our prayers are five times a day, so it is obligatory to pray five times a day wherever you are.”
Since Muslims have to pray often, the college has had a huge impact on Muslims and their individual cultures.
“Being in COD,” said Khan. “It is comfortable for me, I don’t feel like an outsider.”
According to Khan, when Muslims pray they have to wash their feet and their face and he said whenever he is in the bathroom, people will let him go before them because they know and respect his religion.
Since the college has made rooms available to pray in, such as the library and room 3245 in the SSC, the Muslim Student Association has talked about making the room by the bookstore a permanent meditation room for not only Muslims but for all religions as well.
According to the Co-Adviser of MSA Abdulaziz Syed, Student Leadership Council helped him create a real space for praying.
Along with the five times a day prayer, students have noticed their dressings as well.
“Our dressing is what makes us concerned about what others think about us,” second year student Hassam Effendi said.
Although, the clothes that Muslims wear is most noticeable, the real misconception is the different cultures within the Islamic religion.
“Everyone is different,” Second year student Samira Mohammad said. “I want people to know that there are so many different people here from different cultures and we try to bring everyone together.”
According to Khan, Muslims have found a home away from home on campus to feel welcomed as a religion and feel comfortable to be who they are.
“Basically Islam is the way of life, live the life that has been taught in Islamic ways,” khan said. “COD has wonderful staff and it has wonderful students too, wherever I go I get a great response from them and I feel like I’m at home.”