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Muslim Life

The Muslim life program is dedicated to providing a supportive community that serves to enrich students through fellowship, study, and worship. Muslim life at UR is rich in diversity, welcoming students from across the United States and around the world. The result is a growing community that strives to learn from one another while sharing each students' unique heritage and interests. Highlights of Muslim life include:

  • Weekly Friday/Jumm'ah Prayer at 1:10 p.m. in the Inter-Religious Prayer Room 
  • Weekly discussions/halaqahs and Qur'an study 
  • Semesterly social and community service activities 
  • Eid Banquet
  • Islam Awareness Week


Friday prayer is held at 1:10 p.m. in the Inter-religious Prayer Room every week throughout the academic year. The Inter-religious Prayer Room is located in the Wilton Center and is accessible throughout the day. Prayer rugs, Qurans, scarves, and other prayer necessities are available in the room.  

Muslim Chaplain 

Waleed Ilyas headshot

Waleed Ilyas joined the Chaplaincy staff as Muslim Life Program Coordinator in August 2017. Waleed recently completed his MBA at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also holds an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. At VCU, he served as President of the Muslim Students Association, one of the largest student organizations on campus. In addition to his part-time role with the Chaplaincy, he is a Project Manager for Ensemble Health Partners.