Muslim Student Association returns to OCC

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) at Orange Coast College has returned this fall, and held its first bi-weekly meeting of the year on Oct. 15.

According to OCC’s Student Life, MSA aims to provide the Muslim population of OCC with an Islamic identity based on the Islamic beliefs of peace, justice and harmony, as well as an outlet to clear up misconceptions about the religion of Islam to the OCC Community.

As for misconceptions and ignorance about Islam and Muslims in general, the MSA is confident that the authenticity of their presence and actions on campus will speak for itself.

“We want people to know us,“ said Omar Muttalib, vice president of MSA. “We want people to actually know the truth, that our religion is based on peace.”

MSA leadership emphasized the importance of coming together to foster friendship and connection between students.

“I struggled a lot with finding other Muslims, especially people my age,” said Mariam Khalifa, MSA’s marketing director. “It’s a whole other level of connection when you’re friends with someone that’s spiritually on the same mindset as you.”

While the MSA wants to help connect Muslims, student involvement is not limited to faith or a lack thereof.

“Everyone is welcome,” Khalifa said. “We all need some sort of community to fall back on.”

MSA’s next scheduled meeting is Friday at 11 a.m.

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