Maeen Alqohaif used to pray between the narrow bookshelves in a corner of the Bizzell Memorial Library, where stray students wandering by posed a constant distraction.
Until, that is, the mechanical engineering junior discovered a better location for the five-times daily prayer required of Muslims: the reflection room — a classroom-sized, lamp-lit, quiet space designated solely for prayer.
The University of Oklahoma has opened a new reflection room to host Muslim students wishing to pray during the day, giving them a sense of belonging and welcome.
He later discover a room on the second floor of the library, which was implemented at the request of the Muslim Student Association.
Charles Kimball, director of the religious studies program and scholar of Islam, said prayer is one of five pillars of Islam, meaning it is a vital part of the religion. This prayer involves a series of steps including standing, bowing and prostrating toward Mecca while reciting Quran verses and praying to God for guidance, forgiveness, success and anything that comes to mind, Alqohaif said.
Sandhu said the university responded to MSA’s request for a prayer room to meet the needs of Muslim students.
“During the day, I mean, we’re all students, we all go to class, and even though there is a mosque on campus, it’s about a mile away, so we needed an option for people to go ahead and pray on campus when they couldn’t make it to the mosque,” Sandhu said. “Besides, it’s really awkward praying in the stairwell or in a classroom, so we needed a room to pray in.”
While the room was originally intended for Muslim students, Sandhu said it is open to anyone, as long as it is being used for prayer or quiet reflection.
The space is decorated with a large-area rug, several lamps, a few chairs, copies of the Quran, pamphlets about Islam and a bookshelf.
“It’s fairly simple,” Sandhu said. “I mean, it’s used for one thing, so we like to keep it as minimal as possible so people don’t get distracted in there, because if you’re distracted in prayer, the purpose of the room is basically invalidated.”
Sandhu said the Muslim Student Association is grateful to have the room available for prayer.
No doubt the MSA is ecstatic – they’ve fooled administrators at the University of Oklahoma into thinking Muslims can only pray in mosques or segregated Muslim prayer rooms and to build them!
Of course reader’s here are aware but students (and parents of students who unwittingly pay for these campus mosques) at Oklahoma might not be aware that the Muslim Student Association was:
Established (by members of the Muslim Brotherhood) in January 1963 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MSA was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document — titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” – as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded “organizations of our friends” that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were identified by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
The Muslim Student Association Pledge of Allegiance: (Muslims do not pledge allegiance to the American flag):
Allah is my lord
Islam is my life
The Koran is my guide
The Sunnah is my practice
Jihad is my spirit
Paradise is my goal
I will die to establish Islam