Islamic Cultural Celebration

2023 Islamic Cultural Celebration

April 3 – April 7, 2023

As Muslim Americans, we live very different lives than our fellow non-Muslim brothers and sisters. These differences feel the most difficult when we are misunderstood.  Although practicing Islam in the West brings its fair share of difficulties, we are proud to represent this religion and culture. As we approach the holy month of Ramadan we ask you to join the Muslim Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we celebrate and acknowledge our fellow Muslim Americans.

Islamic Cultural Celebration Rose Kickoff

Monday, April 3 | 12:00 Noon | Front of Lee Hall

Please join members of MSA as they hand out 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*

Tuesday, April 4 | 5:00 pm | Top of the CRUC, Cedric Rucker University Center

Cost: 1 Meal Swipe; $11.00 Flex; Eagle One or credit card $13.50

Co-sponsored by University Dining

Join us for traditional food from predominantly Muslim countries and listen to a variety of multicultural music.  Before you leave, ask us about any additional information about upcoming events.

The Art of Henna

Wednesday, April 5 | 5:00 pm | Cedric Rucker University Center, 2nd floor lobby

Join MSA for henna designs, snacks, and an evening full of cultural music and fun.

Islamic Cultural Celebration Banquet Keynote Speaker: Sumayya Tobah

Thursday, April 6 | 7 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom
Co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association

A woman in a light purple head scarf, smilingSumayya Tobah is a political producer based in Washington DC. She has worked for ABC News, TRT World, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and currently works for Aljazeera English.




Friday Jummah Prayer

Friday, April 7 | 2:00 pm | Chandler Ballroom C, Cedric Rucker University Center

As Muslims, it is obligatory to pray five times a day.  Jummah is a congregational prayer that is held every Friday in place of the Dhur prayer.  MSA invites any and all faiths to respectfully observe and/or participate in this prayer with us.

UMW continues to monitor campus, local, and statewide COVID-19 data and has instituted protocols to protect our campus community.  These protocols include requiring proper mask wearing while indoors, requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, reducing occupancy limits at events, or restricting attendance to UMW community members only, obtaining contact information from event attendees for contact tracing, and requesting that the University be notified of any positive COVID test within 14 days of attending an event at UMW.  The University may also implement additional restrictions if cases increase on campus or in the region. We encourage you to check our website for updates prior to arriving to campus for a scheduled event.

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