Muslim Student Association


Shedding Al-Nur on Some Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does 'Al-Nur' mean?

    Al-Nur, means 'The Light' in Arabic.

  2. How many Muslim students are there?

    The exact number of Muslim students varies from year to year, but is on a growing trend. According to our records, in the 2012-2013 school year there were 52 undergraduates and 19 graduates who were part of the Al-Nur community. Al-Nur also serves as a religious center for Muslims from Hanover and surrounding areas, so our events and activities often include brothers and sisters who are not Dartmouth students or faculty. We are a small community at a small college, and we find ourselves coalesced into a big happy family.

  3. Is there a place to pray?

    The Green is so painstakingly well-kept, that we often can’t help but pray on fragrant mud or dewy grass. And in the winter, we prostrate right on top of 3 feet of packed snow. Kidding? We're fortunate to have a fair-sized Muslim Prayer Room, open to all so long as they remove their shoes, in North Fairbanks Hall, attached to the Tucker Foundation, just a few yards from ’53 Commons Dining Hall. This room is also commonly used as a meeting place, location of deep spiritual introspection, study space, and cozy nap spot.

  4. What is student leadership like?

    The governance of Al-Nur is handled by students. Every year (in required), elections are held to select a board consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Graduate Representative. Input from varied voices in Al-Nur is always welcome and is highly essential, so all are encouraged to attend board meetings and assume an active role.

  5. Is there an Imam or a Muslim Chaplain?

    We do have a Muslim Advisor: Sharif Rosen. He will, in sha Allah work to form relationship of advisory, counseling, organizational support, and spiritual guidance with the Al-Nur community. Various people, including Br. Sharif, lead prayers and write sermons for Friday prayer.

  6. Where can I get halal food?

    ’53 Commons, which is Dartmouth Dining Services’ halal and kosher dining option, was co-initiated by members of Al-Nur and members of Hillel (a Jewish student organization), and is one of the first halal dining options to appear in American universities. In addition to halal meals, ’53 Commons is famous for its sinfully delicious chocolate chip cookies. Also the Co-op, local grocery market, stocks halal meat.

  7. What denomination/sect do you follow?

    Most Muslims in Al-Nur identify as ‘Muslim’, and we welcome Muslims of all ideas, beliefs, and ideologies.

  8. Can I participate if I'm not Muslim?


  9. Do you guys do anything?

    Yes. Here’s a sampling of the many events and activities that Al-Nur has hosted in the past: Qur’anica, Iqamedy, Islamo-Fashion Awareness Week, Gile Mountain hiking, organic farming, Taboo night, Tajweed classes, Taraweeh prayers, book clubs, prison visits, campus-wide women’s dance parties, Ramadan all-nighters of prayer, educational outreach to the Upper Valley, humanitarian fundraisers, Ump’s, pre-Jum’ah khutbah dinners, post-Jum’ah lunches, lectures with guest speakers, group discussion circles, sledding, iftars, alumni reunions, and Eid celebrations. Ask us more about all these when you get here, if you’d like. We’re positive that more events and activities will be inspired by you.

  10. How do I get in touch with other Muslim students?

    Blitz: the answer to all questions related to Dartmouth. Feel free to email ‘al nur'.

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