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In the news: UI celebrates Islam Awareness Week

April 16th, 2019
students on campus

Members of the UI Muslim Student Association: sophomore Tartil Ali, freshman Ebteehal Kmail, sophomore Seeme Kotoh, sophomore Amani Ali, junior Ayah Taha, junior Taimaa Shoukih, and sophomore Suha Suleman throw snowball after passing out flowers for Islam appreciation week on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway on April 9, 2018.

Noelle Hass, The Daily Iowan 

This past week, the University of Iowa Muslim Student Association hosted Islam Awareness Week on campus.

The goal of Islam Awareness Week, according to the association, is to “promote social cohesion rather than dwelling on social differences” and spread the word of Islamic faith to other students. The group commemorated the week by hosting different events every day for students on campus to engage in.

Members of the association kicked off festivities by handing out flowers to pedestrians on the Cleary Walkway. Accompanied by beautiful weather, they successfully celebrated “flowers of faith.”

On April 9, Sheikh Omar Hedroug came to the UI to speak to students on “the principles of the Islamic faith, the basics of Islam, the common misconceptions surrounding Islam and the statistics.”

In this free educational lecture, Hedroug spoke to further educate the public on what it means to be Muslim, as well as telling the stories of other Muslims to the community.