The Muslim Students Association (MSA) provides Yale students with the opportunity to come together in a supportive Muslim environment and seeks to educate and raise awareness about Islam in the Yale and New Haven communities. All students and community members are welcome to MSA activities and events. We recognize that students come from different backgrounds and are at varied levels in their own faith, and we welcome all.
Regular activities organized by the MSA include weekly halal dinners in Commons Dining Hall, jumu’ah prayer services and halal lunches on Fridays, halaqas (discussion circle) every week, and congregational prayers five times a day. In addition, each semester features several social gatherings such as study breaks, retreats, and movie and game nights. We also have an annual “Mango Madness” night (with mango lassi, mango shakes, and dried mangoes!) to introduce prospective students to Muslim life at Yale.
Ramadan is one of the most exciting and inspiring times of the year: the MSA organizes daily iftaar dinners, suhoors, and Taraweeh prayers as well as the annual grand Eid Banquet!
Other annual events include a halal BBQ to welcome our freshmen and their families and the traditional hike to East Rock. Every year, the MSA holds Islamic Awareness Week with the purpose of better acquainting the campus community with the faith of its members. Also in the Spring every year the Critical Islamic Reflections (CIR) conference, organized by the MSA in sponsorship with other organizations. Now in its eleventh year, CIR aims to pursue critical academic scholarship on issues relating to Islam and Muslim society.
The MSA believes in active involvement on campus, and works to participate in organizing many events sponsored by other associations such as the AASA-affiliated groups, the Arab Students Association, JAM (Jews and Muslims), the Multifaith Council, the Yale Hillel, the Afro-American, Asian-American and Latino Cultural centers, and others.