LIFE AS A MUSLIM AT UC

CANTA issue #3, 2017

University of Canterbury might give you the perfect study environment, but as a Muslim student studying abroad, it can get tough for two main reasons: finding Halal food and a place to perform our five daily prayers.

Here at UC, there is a good variety of Halal eating options, from rice all the way to kebab and souvlaki. There is also a good range of vegetarian options which are included as Halal (as long as they don’t use alcohol). However, we would like to have a menu with a bigger variety to choose from.

The five daily prayers are the most important act of worship that Muslims do. UC provides us the mussala, an area where we can gather and pray together. This allows Muslims on campus to meet on a daily basis and get to know each other. One of the many perks of having Muslim friends is the knowledge you could gain from them.

The Muslim committee is diverse and it has people from all over the world. However, many of them are on a scholarship or doing their exchange and postgrad studies, which makes it sad as they would leave once their studies ends. But there will always be new students coming with the same connection, which is Islam.
That is where our club, UC MUSA will perform our purpose of connecting the Muslims at UC. The new club executives are trying to reach out to non-Muslims on campus and teach them about Islam.

If you are interested, feel free to contact us to learn more about Islam: UCMUSA.chch@gmail.com

– UC MUSA
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