Stanford Opens Muslim Da’wah Center

H/T Dorrie

All color and italics come from Creeping Sharia — Dorrie.

Stanford opens Muslim dawah center

Posted on October 8, 2013 by creeping

Creeping along campus by campus.

via Stanford Daily | Muslim resource center opens tomorrow.

October 2, 2013

Tomorrow, the Markaz: Resource Center for Engagement with the Cultures and Peoples of the Muslim World will open its doors in the Nitery Building in Old Union after more than a decade of collaborative discussions between students, faculty and University administrators.

The center’s goal is to offer a place where students can learn about Islam and the diverse countries and cultures that make up the Muslim world. Hana Al-Henaid ’14, president of the Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN), played an integral role in creating the center. She took action after noticing Stanford’s lack of resources on Muslim culture.

When did it become a requirement for every university to have resources on Muslim culture? Probably around September 11, 2001.

“There really isn’t a physical space on campus where students can go if they’re just interested in doing research in the Middle East or if they’re interested in Southeast Asia,” Al-Henaid said.

They don’t have a library on campus? They don’t have computer labs or a wireless network with access to the internet? Why does researching the Middle East or Southeast Asia require a mini-mosque?

Stanford has many ethnic-themed dorms and community centers around campus, but until now none of them have been specifically designed for Muslim students. Sayeh Fattahi ’14, vice president of MSAN, stated that almost every top-10 or top-20 ranked university in the nation except for Stanford offers a Muslim student resource. “A big reason why [administrators] were so eager to help us was because they realized the importance of [a student center like the Markaz],” Fattahi said.

It’s more likely they feared being bullied by Muslims and called racists, bigots or Islamophobes if they chose not to pony up the cash for a mini-mosque on campus…soon to require a full-time staff member.

Fattahi, Al-Henaid and other student leaders met with several administrators, including Director of the Office of Diversity and First-Generation Programs Tommy Lee Woon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam, Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D ’82 and President John Hennessy, to discuss the possibility of the center.

These initial student meetings with administrators resulted in several proposals and the designation of two rooms in the Nitery for the Markaz. The Markaz is classified as a Stanford University center and therefore is not officially organized or run by any particular student group. All programming at the Markaz will be entirely student initiated because no full-time program associate has been hired to manage events at the center. Al-Henaid said, however, that getting a full-time staff member to work at the Markaz is a long-term goal.

MSAN is just like any other Muslim student group. They bring jihad and sharia supporting Muslims (like Zaid Shakir and Edina Lekovic) to campus to incite and indoctrinate students and advocate sharia law through talks such as Quran as a Legal Text.

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