Speaking from previous experience on a much smaller scale, running a Muslim college organization is no easy task. Because by the time leaders get in their groove, they graduate and the next batch of leaders have to start over.
But NYU is different. Rather than catering to just college students, they know that in order to build a successful Muslim institution, you have to be welcoming to the entire community.
We had to wait about 10 minutes to go inside because the church was hosting an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting there. My little brother goes to NYU, so it was nice getting the chance to spend one last iftar with him.
We went inside and helped them roll out a few carpets as the time for iftar was coming in. To break my fast, once again I rocked it old school, a date and a glass of water. After prayer, we ate dinner. The food was catered from one of my favorite greasy restaurants, Kennedy Fried Chicken.
Tonight I had a philly cheesesteak, cheesy tater tots and an orange to give my meal an ounce of healthiness. Overall there were about 20 people there tonight, just about all students.
But during the week, NYU usually gets around people for iftar. Friday prayer is always jam packed. Khalid Latif usually leads the prayer here, and his Friday talks are amazing. Plus all the friday sermons are podcasted, so feel free to load up your iPod with these goodies. But what Khalid and the Muslims envision for their new location is beyond amazing. In two years the new Islamic Center will open on the NYU campus as an official part of the university.
It will be more than just a traditional mosque. It will be a full fledged spiritual center catering to all the needs of the Muslim community. Aside from a room to pray, it will feature ta lounge for people to socialize and computer labs for students to get their work done. To me that is what a mosque should be, a community center. The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood "How's my hair?
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