Muslim Life at Macalester

Muslim life at Macalester is rich and diverse, shaped by all those present.  Muslim students come from all over the country and world with varied experiences, identities, and levels of observance and practice. Community is created by students through the Muslim Student Association and is supported by the Muslim Chaplain and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL). Students meet weekly in the Cultural House for discussions, learning, and informal time together. Each week there is a different theme — sometimes social activities and other times discussions based around spiritual topics, social justice, and what it means to be Muslim in the current socio-political climate. Students also meet weekly for Friday Lunch, during which they have a chance to meet informally and build close bonds, connecting with each other through sharing stories, cultures, hobbies, academic interests, goals, and aspirations. Both MSA lunch and meetings are a wonderful way for students to get to know one another and build meaningful friendships that foster support and care in each other’s lives.

The Muslim community at Macalester comes together frequently to observe religious events and holidays. Juma’ah prayer takes place on campus on one Friday each month, and there is also the opportunity each week to attend Friday prayer at our local mosque, Masjid at-Taqwa, or at one of the many other mosques here in the Twin Cities. In addition to weekly gatherings, the Muslim community on campus commemorates Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr together each year. For the Eid that falls during the school year, there is a large campus-wide celebration in addition to prayers at the local mosque. For the Eid that takes place in the summer, students attend prayers and dinner together. We also have an annual Ramadan Co-Op in which students take turns cooking iftar for one another, sharing of their heritages, family traditions, and cultures. Because so many students stay at Macalester over the summer for internships, research, and other commitments, we have had a diverse and vibrant community fasting and celebrating together each year. 

Macalester also offers academic courses in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies in the Religious Studies, International Studies, Sociology, and the Classical Mediterranean and Middle East Departments. 

Halal/zabiha meat is offered regularly (Monday through Friday at lunch and dinner) in Cafe Mac, Macalester’s dining hall, as well as in Scotty’s and the Campus Center. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the CRSL with any and all questions!

Here you can find a list of events offered by the Muslim community and much more!

Here you can find a list of Muslim places of worship in the Twin Cities!