Project Nur

“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


ProjectNur1Project Nur is a student-led initiative advocating for social justice by empowering responsible leaders to cultivate an environment of acceptance and mutual respect between Muslims and other communities. Project Nur hopes to achieve this by engaging, promoting, and leading students to create a space for students of different cultural backgrounds and experiences to celebrate the diversity in our nation and challenge stereotypes, and to create an eclectic community that gathers Muslims and non-Muslims of diverse perspectives, based on the principles of social justice and pluralism.

ProjectNur2Among its goals are to:

  • Encourage diversity and religious tolerance among the student body.
  • Support those who wish to practice their faith.
  • Promote a hospitable relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim members of the Allegheny Community.
  • Strengthen the faith and unity of Muslim and non-Muslim students.

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

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.