PRAYER INFO/ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS
- For a schedule of the prayer times in Morgantown, use either link:
- To register for Friday Prayer at the Islamic Center of Morgantown (ICM), use this link:
On campus prayer rooms:
- Downtown campus:
- Mountainlair: The Muslim Student Association room is located in the Mountain Lair within the Vandalia Lounge.
- Downtown Library: Reflection room, Basement LL, room 114
There are gender neutral bathrooms located on the top floor of the Mountainlair that can be used to make wudu/ perform ablution.
- Evansdale campus -
- Evansdale Library, 2nd floor, Room #216
- AER Building, 3rd floor, Left side of elevators
- Health Sciences Campus - Second floor, room 2001
Islamic Holidays | Year 2024:
To find when Muslim Holidays fall this year, use this link:
2024 Islam Holidays - CalendarLabs
- Ramadan (Islamic month of Fasting):
- Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic Calendar. In Ramadan, Muslims fast daily from sunrise to sunset, aiming for self-purification and moral growth. It has a great significance for Muslims because it's the month when God first revealed the Qur'an to Prophet Muhammad through the Angel Gabriel.
- Eid Al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast):
- This holiday commemorates the completion of Ramadan and lasts for three days during which Muslims celebrate with special prayers, sweets, presents for children and community festivities.
- Hajj (Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca):
- Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, represents essential Islamic values like devotion to God, unity, and brotherhood. It commemorates Prophet Abraham's trials and is mandatory for financially and physically capable Muslims, with two to three million participants each year.
- Eid Al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice):
- This holiday takes place on the third day of Hajj and lasts for four days. The holiday commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, who was miraculously replaced by a lamb. The holiday is celebrated much like Eid ul-Fitr with the addition that Muslims sacrifice a lamb, goat or cow, and share the meat with friends, relatives, and the needy.
- Islamic New Year:
- Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the new year on the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar began with the migration - or Hijra – of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina. This event has a special significance in Islamic history as it marks the end of the period of persecution in Mecca and the transition to a recognized faith community in Medina.
- Ashura falls on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. For Sunnis, Ashura commemorates the exodus of Moses from Egypt, and is usually observed by completing an optional fast as practiced by the Prophet Muhammad. For Shi'as, it marks the anniversary of the tragic death of the Prophet's grandson, Husain at the hands of the Umayyad ruler, Yazid. For Shi’as the day is marked with mourning and often enactments of the tragic event.