• 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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  • Ramadan

    Updates for this holy month

    Daily Iftars

    The Meal in Which Muslims Break Their Ramadan Fast

    Iftars will be held in the Foster-Walker Plex East Dining Hall Sunday-Friday starting Tuesday, May 7th with completely Halal/Zabiha options as well as takeout containers for Suhoor. Everyone is welcome! Individuals will have their wildcard swiped for attendance. If you do not have a wildcard, you are still welcome to join us!

    Iftars on Saturdays will be held in Parkes Hall.

    Taraweeh Prayer

    The Nightly Prayer

    Prayer will held in Parkes Hall Room 122 for the entire month of Ramadan inshAllah. The first night of prayer will be Sunday May 5, starting from 10 pm.

    For further questions, please consult our FAQ.


    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

    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.

    Abdur Qureshi


    Ahmad Keshk


    Salaam! My name is Ahmad Keshk and I am one of the co-Presidents of McSA. I plan to graduate with a major in Political Science major and a minor in Business. Outside of McSA, I am also actively involved in the pre-law society and volunteer work. I am both excited and humbled to represent the Muslim community this upcoming year! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at AhmadKeshk2020@u.northwestern.edu.

    Ayesha Lat

    Administrative Vice President

    Salaam! My name’s Ayesha, I’m a rising sophomore, and I’m in Weinberg on the pre-health track with a minor in French. I’m so excited to be Adminstrative Vice President to the McSA. I love listening to new music, watching movies, and finding nice sunny spots to chill on campus. If you want to reach out to me, please feel free to email me at ayeshalat2022@u.northwestern.edu

    Mariam Tolba

    Executive Vice President

    Asha Abdalla

    Director of External Relations

    Salaam! My name is Asha Abdalla and I am very excited to be serving as the Director of External Relations for McSA this year. I am a rising junior from beautiful Chicago, Illinois. I am majoring in Communication Studies and on a pre-health track. I spend most of my free time exploring Chicago, laughing on Twitter, and getting bubble tea. Feel free to contact me with any questions at ashaabdalla2021@u.northwestern.edu!

    Tessneem Shahbandar

    Director of Public Relations

    Assalamu Alaykum everyone, my name is Tessneem Shahbandar and I am honored to be the Director of Public relations this year! I look forward to continuing a culture of inclusion, cooperation, and fun here at the McSA! I am a rising sophomore from the suburbs of Chicago on the pre-med track. In my spare time I enjoy watching Netflix, scrolling through Youtube, or doing makeup. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to contact me at tessneemshahbandar2022@u.northwestern.edu

    Belal Asfour



    Fizzah Jaffer


    Salaam everyone, I'm Fizzah (aka Fizz or Fizzy or فضة, but mostly FZA (like SZA))! I'm a rising sophomore from the suburbs of Chicago; I'm in Weinberg, currently majoring in neuroscience and on a pre-med track. As secretary, I am looking forward to fostering a strong, supportive, caring and inclusive community for everyone, no matter their level of involvement in McSA. Freshmen specifically, know that you always have a judgement-free home among the ummah. Other than that, if you're ever looking for a laugh or a chat, I'm your go-to person for Netflix recs, crying over Marvel or Bollywood movies, going out for boba/ice cream/coffee/food/the lake/randomly exploring, bad pop music (1D <3) sing-alongs, or just general scrolling through Twitter and sharing memes! If you need anything I've listed, or anything else that comes to mind, please don't hesitate to reach out to fizzahjaffer2022@u.northwestern.edu

    Huma Manjra

    ASG Senator

    Salaam! My name is Huma Manjra and I am honored to represent the McSA through my role as ASG Senator. I am a rising sophomore in Weinberg studying Neuroscience. I am from Los Angeles, California and really enjoy being around nature and in the outdoors. Mental health is a passionate subject for me and my hopes are that Inshallah, I will be able to provide resources and support systems that the Muslim community on campus can utilize for their spiritual and psychological well being. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions at humamanjra2022@u.northwestern.edu!



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