The fastest growing religion in the world, Islam, is an ancient religion growing in popularity at Purdue.
Enosh Kazem, a freshman in the School of Management, said there are 500-700 Muslim students at Purdue, with an increase in numbers due to international students.
“Islam to me is a complete way of life,” said Israa Alrawi, a junior in the School of Health Sciences and Muslim Student Association member. “The comfort that is obtained through obedience to our Creator is the culmination of every action and decision we make, each and every day.”
She said in many ways, Purdue is conducive to Muslim students’ needs, no matter the student’s goal in life. The Islamic Center provides a place for students to pray and celebrate holidays, and MSA provides a means for students who share ideas to congregate.
“We know students don’t have families here, so they have access to Iftaar (free food) at the cultural center,” said Ahmed Idrissi Alami, assistant professor of foreign languages and literature.