Penn State’s Muslim Student Association has spoken out to set the record straight in the wake of a recent New York Times article that says Muslim student organizations are not inclusive of students who don’t uphold Islamic traditions.

In efforts to dispel these reported actions of Muslims students, the Penn State Muslim Student Association (MSA) will hold several events during the next few weeks that show the less serious side of the Muslim community.

According to the February New York Times article, “For Muslim Students, a Debate on Inclusion,” there have been numerous conflicts in Muslim Student Associations at universities and colleges around the country regarding traditional and nontraditional Muslims.

The article reported that in some cases, Muslim students who did not uphold Islamic traditions were not welcomed members of the community.

“I think the majority of Muslim Student Associations around the U.S. campuses are pretty inclusive. The Muslim Student Association at Penn State, I know for sure, welcomes all kinds of students from different sects, backgrounds and nationalities,” MSA President Mansoor Aleidi said.

Aleidi (senior-chemical engineering and energy engineering) said the professional comedic act, Allah Made Me Funny, which is scheduled to come to campus next Tuesday, is a way to decrease the pressure and seriousness of Islam. (MORE)

What: Allah Made Me Funny, a professional Muslim comedic act

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: HUB Auditorium

Details: Event is free and open to the public.


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