Tufts Muslim Life Programs

Tufts University has a wide variety of courses, programs, and lectures involving Islam and Muslims. Many of the gatherings sponsored by Muslim Chaplaincy focus on cultivating religious learning or celebrating religious holidays. Some gatherings focus on engaging diversity or doing service, and some events help educate about Islam or Muslims in the wider world. We also co-sponsor a considerable number of programs each year.

Tufts’ Muslims are an open, welcoming, and engaged community. Our gatherings are frequented by Muslims of all backgrounds as well as all who are interested in learning more about Islam or in forging connections with Muslims. We partner frequently with other faith and interfaith groups on campus around common interests and to share in special celebrations. We regularly organize initiatives to try to educate against Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry, and we try to do our part to support important causes and charities to benefit different communities here in Greater Boston and around the globe.





Join the Tufts Muslim Students Association for the annual Islamic Awareness Month series, a time dedicated to exploring and sharing Islam on the Tufts University campus.

Over the weeks of March 23-April 6, 2015, the Tufts MSA presents to you a series of captivating and informative events/activities.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/354650474736270/


Join us for a discussion with Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy as he takes on the topic of love, relationships, and marriage in Islam, especially as it pertains to young Muslims in a college environment. There will be a Q&A after his talk, so come with questions.

Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a bachelor’s in Teaching of English and Religious Studies. He is currently pursuing his master’s in Mental Health Counseling. He has served as a youth director, Muslim chaplain, and assistant imam in a full-time capacity since 2009. In addition to this he has classically trained in Islamic studies both abroad and in the U.S., and has a long history of working with youth.

You will be able to submit anonymous questions for anything that relates to the topic on the google form below. InshaAllah Ustadh Murphy will be taking questions at the end.



Tufts Vigil for Love and Remembrance

Join Tufts Muslim Students Association and Tufts University Chaplaincy in remembrance of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, her husband Deah Barakat, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who lost their lives to senseless violence this week in the #ChapelHillShooting

We will be having reflections and recitations from members of the community. Please contact Nazifa.Sarawat@Tufts.edu or Celene.Ibrahim_Lizzio@tufts.edu if you would like to say a few words.


Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi/The Prophet’s Birthday Concert

Friday, January 30, 8 pm, Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall (20 Talbot Avenue)

The Noor Ensemble will present a program of sacred songs (madih) from Morocco, Syria, and beyond in a concert to commemorate al-mawlid al-nabawi—the anniversary of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Tufts Muslim Chaplain Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio will help to introduce the program.

Free and open to the public. Made possible by the Granoff Music Fund and sponsored by Tufts Music. Co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies program.




Tufts Halaqa – Winter Session


Time: Thursday 6-6:55 pm, February 12- March 5

Place: Mayer Campus Center, Room 203, Upper Conference Room

Theme:  How Qur’anic Stories Illuminate the Foundations of Islamic Piety

The stories in the Qur’an illustrate essential facets of Islamic character and pious disposition.  In this four week study series, we will explore some of these facets vis-à-vis select Qur’anic passages. The sessions include guided study and discussion and are geared to those aiming to expand their Islamic learning and develop further the virtues and dispositions under study; all are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. A light diner is provided.

February 12: Human Nature and Ikhlāṣ: al-ḥijr 15:26-48

February 19: Conviction and Imān: Hūd 11:25-34

February 26: Worship and ʿAubūdia: Marīam 19:41-50

March 5: Adversity and Niʿamah: Ṣād 38:30-44


Qur’an Circles

Fridays from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the Interfaith Center (51 Winthrop St): Whether you’ve read the Qur’an once or you read it every day, please come to our weekly Quran Circles. We have been alternating between studying the Qur’an itself and listening to scholars, always followed by discussion. These weekly studies not only provide an opportunity to enhance our knowledge of Islam from authentic sources but also share and discuss ideas with our peers, and no knowledge of Arabic is required. If you are one of those people who plans to read the Qur’an but never does, this is a good incentive. For more info, e-mail Obaid at obaid.farooqui@tufts.edu

Jum’ah Prayer

Fridays at 1 pm (insha’Allah) at the Interfaith Center (51 Winthrop St): Join us for the Jum’ah prayer, the special prayer that Allah (swt) has ordained obligatory for all men. Jum’ah is open to the sisters too and they are highly encouraged to attend as all are entitled to knowledge. The short khutbah and talk prior to the prayer are delivered by dedicated student volunteers and provide very good reminder for us all. For more info, e-mail Obaid at obaid.farooqui@tufts.edu

Dhuhr Prayer

Campus Center Room 209 throughout the semester from 12-3 pm (congregation will be held at 1:15pm)

Asr Prayer

Campus Center Room 208 from 5-6 pm (congregation will be held at 5:00pm)

Isha Prayer

Muslim house at 8:30 pm sharp so that you can be let into the house. Contact Umar at umar.shareef@tufts.edu


Eid Dinner

Please join us at our 2014 Annual Eid Dinner at the Interfaith Center from 6:30 – 10 pm on Friday, October 17. We are very fortunate to have Linda Sarsour as our guest speaker, talking about “Leadership and Active Citizenship as a Muslim in America.” She was designated as the White House Champion of Change and is the CEO of the Arab American Association of New York. All our welcome to this celebration and hope that you can make it.

Link to FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1474302986176363/

Fall Retreat

We’ll be heading over to New Hampshire on Saturday, September 27. The board has planned a really fun day for you guys, including hiking, apple picking, and kick ball. We’ll leave at 9 am and get back around 6 pm. If you’ve been wait-listed and would still like to come, email us back at msatufts@gmail.com and we’ll contact you Saturday morning if there’s any space available.