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IU Northwest Muslim Student Association plans first-ever Islam Awareness Week April 5-7



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The Indiana University Northwest Muslim Student Association is proud to announce it’s first-ever Islam Awareness Week, with activities planned to promote awareness of Islam on April 5, 6 and 7.

The activities kick off at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 5 in the Savannah Center Lobby with an upbeat and vibrant celebration of Muslim culture. Enjoy Muslim music, get a taste of Muslim cuisine by sampling some falafel, hummus, samosas, spring rolls, sweets and drinks and even shop at a bazaar for ethnic clothing such as a hijab or kufi, traditional head garments for women and men.

Members of the Muslim Student Association will be handing out literature about the culture and customs of Muslims, the religion of Islam and even a translated copy of the holy book, the Quran. The kickoff event concludes at 3 p.m., just after the 2 p.m. presentation, “Quran and Science.”

On “Prophet Day,” set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, participants will learn about how Muslims perceive the Prophet of Islam through posters displayed in the Savannah Center and Moraine Student Center. From 2 to 3 p.m., “Islam in a Nutshell” and “Jesus in Islam” will be presented in the Moraine Student Center.

At the “Try-A-Thon,” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 7, the Muslim Student Association invites the campus community to the Moraine Student Center to actively experience Muslim culture by fasting and wearing the hijab or kufi for a day just as Muslims do worldwide.

Dr. Azra Sheriff, a local pediatrician, will discuss “Women and Islam and the Hijab” at 12 p.m., followed by the I-Slam Game Show at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., the Muslim Student Association will lead a discussion with those who participated in the Try-A-Thon to discuss their experience with fasting and wearing the traditional head garments.

For more information about Islam Awareness Week activities, contact Umbreen Khan, vice president of the Muslim Student Association at (219) 781-0861.