Annual Eid Banquet

Join the MSA and the Chaplain’s Office to commemorate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The keynote speaker for the event is Mona Eltahawy, an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues, most recently on the “Arab Spring” dignity revolutions in the Middle East.

The banquet will take place at Commons Dining Hall on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 5:30 pm.

The event is free with a meal swipe, and will be $10 for those without a meal swipe. Formal or cultural attire is requested; please RSVP using this form.


Tomorrow — The Future of Afghan Feminism

Monday, 2/28 @ 4:30 pm: A talk with the co-founder of Women for Afghani Women in WLH 116. Sponsored by the Yale Afghanistan Forum, Women’s Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Reach Out, ISO, Muslim Students Association, and South Asian Studies Council. Read more about the Yale Afghanistan Forum at their blog.

AASA New Year Celebration

Come celebrate the cultural New Years of AASA’s nine member groups by tasting various foods from each culture! From mochi snacks to mango lassi to rice cakes, each cultural specialty will be a delight.

Wednesday February 9th

9:00 – 10:30pm

Berkeley Dining Hall


The following foods will be served, by the following AASA groups:

CASA (Chinese American Students Association):


JASU (Japanese American Students Union):

Various Mochi Snacks

KASAMA (Filipino Club):

Maja blanca is a Filipino dessert made from coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar, and sweet corn. Like a type of coconut pudding, maja blanca is a very popular dessert for family gatherings and special occasions. The ingredients of maja blanca reveal a little about the history of the Philippines, which was a Spanish colony for more than three centuries. The dish combines the coconut, a fruit of the tropics, and corn, a grain originally brought to the Philippines by Spain from the Americas.

MSA (Muslim Students Association):

Dates are the fruits of the date palm tree, which is abundant in North Africa and the Middle East. It has traditionally been eaten by Muslims to open their fasts every day during the month of Ramadan, and so it holds a special religious significance. Dates are very sweet and can be eaten alone or with a drink, such as milk or water. In Muslim countries, dates are also made into breaded sweets, similar to Fig Newtons.

SAS (South Asian Society):

Lassi is a popular traditional Punjabi drink from India and Pakistan. This delicious yogurt based drink, blended with milk, water and Indian spices is often flavored with cumin, mango or other fruits. Meant to quench your thirst and refresh your soul, lassis are ideal for any time of the day!

ViSA (Vietnamese Students Association):

Mung Bean Pudding

TAS (Taiwanese American Students):

Nian Gao (small New Years cakes)

Berkeley College in collaboration with KASY (Korean American Students of Yale):

Korean Food


2010 Muslim World Fellows

Bett's House, where the Yale World Fellow's Program is located

On Thursday, November 4, the Muslim Students Association hosted an informal meet and greet event with this year’s three Muslim Yale World Fellows – an entrepreneur who brought mobile banking to the oil insustry, a leader of moderate and progressive Islamic groups in Indonesia, and a headmaster of a unique co-educational school in Afghanistan. Students were given the opportunity to hear from these three accomplished individuals firsthand about their experiences and goals.

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Recap of Islamic Awareness Month Kick-Off and Ivy Muslim Conference (Part 1)

Flyer from MSA Meet & Greet, the kickoff event for Islamic Awareness Month at Yale

Meet and Greet
This month the Muslim Student’s Association of Yale is hosting a series of events as part of Islamic Awareness Month. Their first event was the kick-off meet and greet. So many people showed up that by the time I arrived a lot of the (TURKISH!) food was gone. But no worries because they still had a chocolate fountain.

Over 100 people attended the conference.

Conference Opening

There was a noticeable buzz when I arrived in the Dwight Hall Chapel. Students from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and even Brandies had traveled to Yale for the first ever Ivy Muslim Conference. Inclement weather had forced several schools’ delegations and two key speakers from DC to cancel last minute, but the conference was still well underway. Though I couldn’t grasp the meaning of the introductory prayer read from the Qur’an, I was still astounded by the audience. Among the 50 or so seated people and the dozen or more standing around there was much more ethnic diversity than I had expected. Of course I had met Caucasian Muslims before and had a Chinese Muslim friend in high school but I went into the conference without remembering that Islam transcends race. This small insight got me thinking a lot; this would be a running theme throughout the day.

Reflections from Ivy Muslim Conference

Though I’m not Muslim myself, I decided to stop by the Muslim Ivy Conference last weekend, hosted by the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Yale. It turned out to be an awesome experience to meet students from other Ivy League schools and learn about one of the world’s most influential religions.

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