Week educates students about Islam’s history, beliefs

By Deena Khattab, Daily Trojan

The Muslim Student Union kicked off Islam Awareness Week Monday with an informational event called Islam 101. Speakers Zienab Abdelgany and Yasmin Nouh from the Council on American Islamic Relations gave students in attendance a brief introduction to the history and practices of Islam.

The event covered basic information about the world’s second-largest religion, giving a brief history of its origins, outlining its core beliefs and debunking common misconceptions, including gender roles and prayer practices.

"I got to learn more about the fundamentals of Islam," said Adedayo Adenuga, a first-year student in the master’s aerospace and mechanical engineering program.

Islam Awareness Week is an initiative by the MSU to spotlight the Muslim community as an integral component of campus diversity and to shed more light on a religion that many students might not know much about. (Read more)