About MSA

Mission Statement

The mission of the Muslims Students’ Association at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is to strive to serve God through serving the community in all aspects of life. These aspects include religious enrichment; social justice activism; and community building, service, and alliances

Note from the President

May the Peace and Blessings of God be upon you,

We plan, and God Plans. And God is the best of planners. When I reflect on how God has lead me to be in this position, it’s nothing short of a miracle. I came into this campus not at all planning to be actively involved in the Muslim community. I remember my first campus jumuah – I was greeted so warmly, by many whose faces and smiles were shining from the Light of faith, and in their presence, I was reminded of God. Yet, as I became more involved, I took time for me to fully integrate into the community. I often found myself questioning whether I was “knowledgeable” or “religious” enough for MSA and wondered if I was really supposed to be here. But in this community, I quickly was taken under the wing of several individuals who were

Meet the Board

The 1950s-80s 

Officially formed in 1964, the UM-MSA is the oldest MSA chapter in the country. These early waves of Muslims consisted mostly of international students, who were heavily involved in building the current MCA mosque.

The 1990s 

Muneera Curtis forms the Islamic Circle in 1992, which eventually takes on the official title of the Muslim Students’ Association. MSA first launches website, weekly halaqas, Ramadan iftars, Islamic Awareness week, and jummah.

Early 2000s 

MSA expands its scope, becoming active in many different facets including community service and social justice. Campus jummahs also became more firmly established and more students began praying on campus instead of carpooling to MCA


Sacred Time Project, MSA’s annual conference, was first introduced along with Al-Risala a monthly, witty community newsletter


MSA wins Student Organization of the Year and VP Wajiha Shuttari launches Reflection Room campaign.

2007 - 2008 

MSA wins Student Organization of the Year.

The 2010s

In this decade, the Muslim community on campus took several strides – the Chaplaincy was established by Tayssir Safi, the MSA launched its annual Alternative Spring Break service trip, and several new organizations were formed (Muslim Coalition, Islamic Society of Ahl-Ul Bayt, and the Felicity Foundation). The MSA continued to grow in number & diversity and see great visibility on campus, again being recognized as Student Organization of the Year in multiple years as well as receiving recognition for effective Teamwork and Collaboration.


In the campus community today, you can find any group of the 2,000+ Muslim students across campus praying daily prayers in congregation in any one of the several reflection rooms throughout campus. This beautiful, vibrant community has a rich history and has grown throughout the years by the Grace of God and through the efforts of those who have served in the past. Remember us in your prayers – we have a long way to go!

The History of the MSA 

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