Middle East Awareness

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May 1, 2014

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) is a small organization with big plans. 

The group hopes to expand its ranks, and even non-Muslims can apply.

“Anyone can join, you don’t have to be a Muslim,” said Ghada Masri, ’16, public relations officer for the group, which was founded on the BSU campus a few years ago. Ms. Masri and Sharif Abdelal, ’15, president of MSA, renewed the group last semester.

MSA is striving to share knowledge with the BSU community and portray Muslims in a positive light through the holding of events on campus, said Ms. Masri. 

“We’re trying to get ourselves known on campus and teach people about our religion and diversity, and to spread awareness,” she said.  

“Syria: Everyone Can Make a Difference” is the most recent event hosted by MSA. The civil war now raging in Syrian is an armed conflict between those loyal to the Ba’ath government and forces seeking to overthrow it. MSA members feel that more involvement from other nations could help resolve these issues, said Mr. Abdelal. 

“We feel the civil war could be halted if other countries took an interest,” he said. “This is affecting people from all walks of life, not just Muslims.” 

The event featured two speakers, Nadia Alawa, president of NuDay, a charity organization, and Dr. Firas Naji, MD, a volunteer physician for Syrian refugees. In conjunction with the lectures, MSA has donation drive boxes, which can be found in Moakley, the campus center, and Catholic Center. They accept items such as, food and clothes. 

“Our purpose is to ask people to take action,” said Ms. Masri. 

MSA members hope their organization will increase the understanding of the Muslim society, said Mr. Abdelal

“We hope to correct misconceptions people may have about Muslims and have fun doing it,” he said. (Story and photos by student Caitlin Seddon, University News)