Muslims attending American universities — even faith-based colleges — are finding acceptance and accommodation, to include dedicated spaces for prayer, such as at Methodist-affiliated McMurry University in Texas.
In an effort to help its Muslim students stay close to campus while participating prayer groups, the school established a meeting room on campus for a “new interfaith club,” reports The College Fix.
Helping Muslim students establish a place to meet on campus was McMurry chaplain, Jeff Lust, and Dr. Mark Waters, professor of religion and director of international education.
Lust told reporters that the prayer room is “a step in the right direction,” adding, “We anticipate over time we’ll have students from a variety of countries and possibly different religions. We need to learn to live and work together in this world that is increasingly diverse and then we can truly become better together.”
Joe Yousef, president of McMurry’s Saudi Student Club, said, of the approximately 1,000 students attending McMurry, roughly 60 are Muslim. Most of these students come from Saudi Arabia.
Not everyone at McMurry is happy about the addition of the prayer room, said Yousef, but there is some support.
H/T: The College Fix
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