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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:


The Friday/Jumm'ah Prayer is held every Friday at 1:00pm throughout the academic year in the Interreligious prayer room in the Wilton Center, which is available during the day for daily prayers. 

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 Coordinator for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. 

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

Muslim life extends beyond just our Muslim students and reaches out the wider community in an effort to educate others about Islam. In January 2013, The Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond received a collection of 25 books and three films titled the “Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.” The gift is an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of their Bridging Cultures initiative. UR is one of 32 Virginia and 842 national libraries to receive the award. The bookshelf includes additional promotional materials like bookmarks, bookplates, posters and access to an online journal. The goal of the award is to help introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Learn more about the Bookshelf.