• 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!



    Stay connected with your Northwestern McSA!

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    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let us know!


    Prayer Rooms on Campus

    NOTICE: Due to campus restrictions, prayer rooms are temporarily closed.

    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.

    During non-COVID times:
      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.

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    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.



    Any donations are always appreciated to help support the community in all of our projects!

    Donate through Northwestern directly to the McSA by clicking the buttons below!

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