• Northwestern University

    Muslim-cultural Students Association


    In the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful.

    Welcome to the Northwestern Muslim-cultural Student Association’s website! The McSA is first and foremost concerned with fostering the religious well-being of Northwestern’s Muslim community, hosting events both to educate and bring together the community. Every quarter, our programming ranges from small weekly meetings with fun activities (and snacks!) or a lecturer to large quarterly speakers, concerts, comedians, and everything in between.


    In addition, we are focused on bringing connecting Muslims with the larger Northwestern community and vice versa. To this end, we host the annual “Discover Islam Week” every Winter Quarter featuring daily hot chocolate at The Rock, nightly firesides, and prominent keynote speakers.


    Most important of all, the McSA is here to cultivate a strong community that can support every member in their endeavors—whether spiritual, social, academic, or professional. Regardless of whether or not you are Muslim, this community is open and excited to have you!



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    Prayer Rooms on Campus

    Norris Prayer Room at Norris University Center
    3rd Floor Meditation Room at Multicultural Center

    Room F328 at the Technological Institute

    Room 210 at Parkes Hall (only Jumu'ah)

    Jumu'ah (Friday) Prayer

    NOTICE: Due to campus restrictions, Friday prayer is temporarily suspended.

    Jumu'ah prayer is held in Parkes Hall 210
    The Khutbah begins at 1:15pm. Salat Al-Jumu'ah begins at 1:30pm, iA.
    Late Jumu'ah takes place 3rd Floor of Multicultural Center at 2:10pm, iA.


    Tahera Ahmad

    Chaplain Tahera Ahmad is a dynamic Muslim “scholar-practioner” who was raised in Morton Grove, IL and graduated from Niles West High School where she played Varsity basketball. Ahmad studied classical Arabic and traditional Islamic Sciences at Al-Diwan and Al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt and in Department of Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations and Islamic Chaplaincy at Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut. During Women’s History Month 2014, Chaplain Ahmad was honored at the White House as a leading Muslim female in the United States and recognized among top ten good Muslim stories of 2013.

    Ahmad serves on the board of ACURA (Association of College and University Religious Affairs) and is the co-president of the ACMC (Association of College Muslim Chaplains). She has supported leadership for premier Muslim organizations including the Islamic Society of North America, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, and served as the Department Head of Islamic Studies at the Nation's largest Muslim Schools, the Islamic Foundation, Villa Park IL. Ahmad is a passionate advocate for social justice and works with young adults in the interfaith movement on artistic and athletic projects to help develop a balanced faith identity in a diverse global world.


    Ahmad has received graduate certification in various religious fields including Applied Spirituality in Women's Leadership from the Women's Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary, Ijaazaat or classical certification in Quranic Recitation, Arabic language and Islamic sciences from Al-Diwan in Cairo, Egypt. During her graduate studies at Hartford seminary, she served as the Muslim Chaplain at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Currently she serves as the Director of Interfaith Engagement and Associate Chaplain at Northwestern University.

    Reachable at tahmad@northwestern.edu.


    Leading the community one prayer at a time.

    Jihad Esmail


    Salaam! My name is Jihad Esmail and I’m one of the co-Presidents of McSA. I’m originally from Youngstown, Ohio, the best state in America. I’m a senior studying Economics. On campus, I’ve been involved in entrepreneurship organizations including EPIC and The Garage, as well as Students for Justice in Palestine. I’m super excited to be serving y’all on board this year — shoot me an email if you have any questions: jihad@u.northwestern.edu

    Tessneem Shahbandar


    Assalamu Alaykum! My name is Tessneem Shahbandar and I am the Co-president of the McSA. I am a junior hoping to become a dentist Inshallah! My major is Communication Sciences and Disorders and I am minoring in Art Theory and Practice. I enjoy drawing, skating, and reading. I’m always looking for good book recommendations so if you have any let me know. I look forward to continuing a culture of inclusion, cooperation, and fun here at the McSA. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at tessneemshahbandar2022@u.northwestern.edu

    Rwan Ibrahim

    Administrative Vice President

    Salaam everyone, my name is Rwan Ibrahim! I'm a junior on the pre-med track studying Neuroscience and Global Health, and it brings me so much joy to be McSA's Administrative Vice President this year. I'm looking forward to finding creative ways to ~virtually~ unite the community through general body meetings during these times. I'm passionate about uplifting the black Muslim community, mentorship, appreciating the outdoors, singing, and I'm currently teaching myself the ukelele! Please reach out to me with any ideas for events or questions at rwanibrahim2022@u.northwestern.edu.


    Fardeem Munir

    Executive Vice President

    Salam! I'm Fardeem and I am the Executive Vice President of McSA this year insha'Allah. I am really passionate about building great software and reading obscure Islamic texts. Unfortunately, I am also a fan of really bad mumble rap but let's keep that a secret ;) This year I want to bring speakers on campus to introduce you to ideas that might change your life! When I'm being serious, I'm a sophomore in McCormick studying Computer Science. If you're really passionate about anything we should be friends :) Email me at fardeem@u.northwestern.edu or twitter dm @fardeemm

    Khadeejah Milhan

    Director of External Relations

    Salaam! My name is Khadeejah Milhan and I’m excited to be serving as the Director of External Relations for McSA this year. I am a junior from Chicago, IL. I am majoring in Sociology and Economics. Outside of the McSA I am involved in Al Bayan, Northwestern’s Business Review and the Global Engagement Summit. I enjoy making vlogs and montages of my beautiful friends and I am a fan of going on long walks, exercising, and watching cooking videos. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at khadeejahmilhan2022@u.northwestern.edu.

    Abdalla Badri

    Director of Public Relations

    As-salamu Alaykum. I'm Abdalla Badri and I am the current Director of Public Relations. I'm a junior from Falls Church, Virginia majoring in Manufacturing and Design Engineering as well as Psychology. Apart from McSA, I'm involved in the National Society of Black Engineers and Design for America. For fun, I like playing video games, watching soccer and basketball, and just vibing. If you'd like to start a conversation, email me at badri@northwestern.edu.  

    Adnaan Raza


    Salaam everyone! My name is Adnaan Raza and I am looking forward to being your McSA treasurer this year. I’m a rising junior in Weinberg studying Neuroscience and Business Institutions. I’m from St. Louis, MO and I love watching and playing all sports, reading, investing, listening to music, scrolling through Insta. If you ever have questions about anything NU, McSA related or just about anything else, feel free to reach out at mailto:araza@u.northwestern.edu

    Shoaib Syed


    As’salaam-u-alaikum! My name is Shoaib Syed, a junior from Allen, Texas (best state in the U.S.)! I'm in Weinberg, studying Neuroscience on a pre-med track. As this year's secretary, my focus is on fostering a strong and supportive community in the midst of this pandemic and remote learning insha'Allah. In my free time, I love playing basketball, watering my plants, or trying new kinds of food! If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at shoaibsyed2022@u.northwestern.edu!

    Mubarak Hassan

    ASG Senator

    What's good, yall?! My name is Mubarak, better known as MubbiMan, and I am honored to represent the McSA through my role as ASG Senator. I am a rising sophomore in Medill studying Reading and Writing. I am from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and really enjoy being around nature and in the indoors. I am passionate about the environment, ethical fashion, and Kanye West. Hadi Anwar is my arch-nemesis. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions at mubarakhassan2023@u.northwestern.edu!



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