A new student organization is starting up on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to cater to an untapped demographic.
Angelina Idris along with two other students met on campus two weeks ago and began starting up and seeking new members for their new Muslim Student Organization. The group needs five total members to start their group meetings and hopefully expand and cater to other students on campus as well. Idris is a social work major, so her focus is on helping people. “It’s my goal to help anyone who needs help especially with young people maintaining their faith in school because people get discouraged.” Idris stated. The organization has goals to spread awareness to other Muslim students and offer literature, offering support to any students that need it and opening the local Al Hilal Masjid or Portales Islamic Center for students to have a special place for organized prayer.
In the Muslim religion there is a methodical prayer schedule lined out on Friday which is considered the religion’s Holy Day. This day requires for men and women to attend community prayer on Fridays. The prayers are set and lead by men and women separately in a room to preserve and maintain modesty. It begins at sunrise with Fajr at 6 a.m. and continues with Dhuhr at 12:37 p.m., Asr at 3:40 p.m., Maghrib at 6:10 p.m., and ending with Isha’a at 7:14 p.m. These five prayers are all obligatory prayers in the Islamic faith and correlates directly with the meaning of the word Muslim, obedient to the will of God. The group’s overall focus is to bring together a group of people that are like minded in agreement and pray.
If anyone would like any additional information or would like to join the group they are encouraged to meet with the Campus Life Office or email the contact for the Masjid at firstname.lastname@example.org.