Islamic Cultural Association (ICA)

“As a non-Muslim, I can honestly say that Project Nur has shown me so much hospitality and kindness.  Anyone of any faith is welcome to come and learn about the Islamic faith and culture.  The members are wonderful and the events are always a blast!”

—Yazim A. Pena ’15


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ICA, formerly Project Nur, is a student-led organization that supports Muslim students and cultivates mutual respect between Muslims and other communities by creating a space for students of different cultural backgrounds and experiences to celebrate diversity and challenge stereotypes.

Among ICA’s goals are to:

  • Encourage religious respect on campus and confront stereotypes and Islamophobia.
  • Support community members in practicing their religion.
  • Promote a hospitable relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims in the Allegheny community.
  • Strengthen the unity of Muslim and non-Muslim students.

To achieve these goals, ICA hosts movie nights, discussions about Muslim life, and campus-wide celebrations of Eid al-Adha, along with other Islamic holy days.

ICA has been awarded funds from Allegheny’s Diversity Innovation Fund to bring speakers to campus who confront Islamophobia through their work. In March 2017, they hosted Hind Makki, who delivered a public talk on “Life at the Intersection of Gender, Race, and Religion,” visited with classes and other groups, and led a lunchtime discussion on religious pluralism. In October 2017, artist Helen Zughaib visits campus for a talk and the opening of an exhibit of her works in the Art Gallery.

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Muslim Life on Campus

  • Our Prayer and Meditation Retreat includes a Muslim prayer room, and faculty and students meet there for lunch and Jum’ah prayers every Friday, when classes are in session.
  • Halal meals can be arranged on an individual basis.
  • To make arrangements or for additional information, students should contact Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at 814-332-2800.