‘Understanding Islam’ event values diversity

Griffith's Muslim Students Association will host the annual 'Understanding Islam' competition this Friday.
Griffith's Muslim Students Association will host the annual 'Understanding Islam' competition this Friday.

The Griffith University Muslim Students Association will host the third annual ‘Understanding Islam’ competition in the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogueat its Nathan Campus on Friday, October 14.

The competition aims to help students and staff better understand Islam as a religion.

“This event is important for Griffith in creating an environment where students from different cultures and religions feel comfortable and loved while interacting with each other,” Zulfiqar Hasan Khan, GUMSA President, said.

Griffith University Muslim Students Association three objectives are to:

  • Bring harmony among different faiths, races and groups;
  • Promote religious understanding among the students; and
  • Facilitate Muslim students in performing their rituals and activities.

The competition is open to any non-Muslim Griffith student and staff member, who will be required to read a short Islam guide book and then take an open book quiz.

“The event is in line with Griffith University’s commitment to promote the respect of individual rights and ethical standards as well as recognising and valuing diversity,” Zulfiqar said.

There are prizes ranging from $100 – $1000 gift cards on offer and all participants receive a free gift hamper, during a multicultural dinner on Friday at the venue previously known as the Multi-Faith Centre.

Learn more about Islam

In previous years, participants have “left feeling very welcome” and “more knowledgeable.” They have also looked forward to “building greater understanding” and learning “more about Islam as a belief and practice”.

Zulfiqar, a Bangladesh native currently undertaking his PhD at Griffith University, describes the event as a showcase for Griffith and an example for other universities to follow.

GUMSA hosts several activities throughout the year such as Prayer Arrangement, start and end of semester celebrations and free dinner every day of Ramadan. They also have a range of Islamic books in the Nathan campus prayer room and advise students on the best Halal food places.

Interested students and staff shouldregister byThursday (October 13).