Islamic Cultural Celebration

Islamic Cultural Celebration 2018
Islam: A Religion of Peace

The general perception and media portrayal of Islam over the course of the past few decades has led people to develop a fear of Muslims. This is in stark contrast to the meaning of Islam which translates to peace and obedience. Based on this, we want to help discern the facts from the fiction with the perspectives of real Muslims. Please join the Muslim Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center in shedding light on the truth and dispelling any stereotypes.


Islamic Cultural Celebration Kickoff

Monday, April 9 | 12:00 Noon | Front of Lee Hall

Join MSA as they kick off the weekly celebration on Ball Circle featuring a cultural display, music, and appetizers originating from predominantly Muslim countries. We will be giving away red roses to help spread love and faith to all.  Come and chat with the club members to learn about the events for the rest of the week!

Islamic Cultural Celebration Kickoff Dinner

Monday, April 9 | 5:00 pm | Dining Services, University Center, 4th floor

Cost: 1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/Eagle One $11.80 + tax

Join us for traditional food from predominantly Muslim countries and listen to a variety of multicultural music.  Before you leave, check out the display and receive additional information about upcoming events.

The Art of Henna

Tuesday, April 10 | 5:00 pm | University Center, 2nd floor lobby

The art of henna is incorporated in many facets of Islam. It has been around longer than the religion itself and is celebrated by individuals from around the world.  Please join MSA as we offer free henna designs and share the history of henna in combination with giving away multicultural bangles and appetizers to our guests.

Interfaith Harmony Discussion

Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30 pm | Colonnade Room, University Center

Please join us to participate with UMW faculty, along with community members, as they have a panel discussion on the portrayal of the Abrahamic religions in the media and its impact on public opinion. Light refreshments will be provided.


Islamic Cultural Celebration Banquet: Qasim Rashid, Esq.

Thursday, April 12 | 6:00 pm | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Qasim Rashid is a best-selling  and critically acclaimed author, practicing attorney, former visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Prince AlWaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies program, and Executive Director of AMI APS, a human rights NGO dedicated to advancing international peace and security. Qasim regularly speaks at a variety of universities and houses of worship, and interviews in a variety of media including the New York Times, FOX News, CNN, Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International, Huff Post Live, Al Jazeera, NBC, CBS, Voice of America, among several other national and international outlets. Qasim is the former Chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America, served as a Volunteer Chaplain for the Virginia State Prison system, and offered pro bono legal assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence through the Virginia Poverty Law Center. Qasim, his wife Ayesha, and their three children reside in Virginia. He dreams of one day walking on another planet.

If you have any questions, please email the James Farmer Multicultural Center at or call 540-654-1044.