HIS is home. It’s a second family. A lasting
community, more than any other student group here. A place where I learn all the different
ways people can be Muslim. A place where I find people with the same questions I have.
A place where I found my roommates, my best friends, the people who care the most about
me. But, it’s not perfect. We’re missing things, like more community space, since we’ve grown
too big for the one we have. A leader, who can help me when I have problems that students
don’t know how to solve. A qualified teacher, who I can ask for advice on intimate topics
without fear of being judged. I need a chaplain here. Throughout my years at Harvard, I’ve
been surprised by what I’ve needed to talk about, like my relationship with my dad, or
keeping up with family. I need help telling my parents that I don’t want to be a doctor.
My friend passed away, and I’m not sure I know how faith is supposed to work anymore.
How do I stay grounded, when there’s so much alcohol and sex around here? But you know,
if I had a chaplain, I think I’d most enjoy asking them the simple questions, like: How
are you? Can I have some of your time to talk? Does brushing your teeth break your fast?
Is alligator meat halal? What madhhab am I? Do I even have a madhhab? Please support the
Harvard Muslim Life Fund, as we, students and alumni, work to find a chaplain and meet
the needs of our community.