Campus News

February 8, 2010

Call to prayer broadcast during Islamic Awareness Month

If you were on campus last Friday, you may have heard the adhan, or the Islamic call to prayer. Every Friday during February at 1:45 p.m., the adhan will play from the Robinson Clock Tower at Cox Hall, summoning Islamic followers to prayer.

Typically played during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Emory Muslim Student Association (MSA)requested the adhan be broadcast during Islamic Awareness Month, a time used to educate, inform and dispel any misconceptions that may exist about the Islamic faith.

The adhan precedes the Jummah, a congregational prayer, that will take place in Cannon Chapel beginning at 1:55 p.m. 

MSA Vice President Shahmeer Halepota says that it is important to pray together, as a congregation, and equates the Friday Jummah prayer to Sunday Mass.

“We consider Friday to be the holiest and happiest day of the week,” says Halepota, a junior political science major.

MSA encourages students, faulty, staff, and community members of all faiths to attend events throughout Islamic Awareness Month.

“MSA has always sought to increase awareness about Islam,” says Halepota.  “Anyone who has questions about Islam is more than welcome to come and we hope that people will not only bring themselves, but their families and friends as well.”

More events: Imam Zaid Shakir will speak at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. On Feb. 28, MSA will host its 7th annual Art Gala at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are $10, or $15 with a portion of the proceeds going to help with the University-wide Haiti relief effort.

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