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Muslim Students Seek Permanent Prayer Space at Iowa Colleges

by Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Muslim students at Iowa’s three public universities are seeking permanent spaces for daily and weekly religious observances.

Motier Haskins, faculty adviser to the University of Iowa’s Muslim Student Association, says he’s scheduled to meet this week with the school’s vice president for student life to again discuss a permanent space.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports university officials say they work to accommodate space requests from spiritual and faith-based student groups. Once a group is recognized by the university’s Student Organizations Review Committee, it can reserve facilities at minimal or no cost.

Muslim Student Association leaders at Iowa State University say they have access to the school’s chapel, but it’s too far from classes to allow frequent use. Eshraq Alkhabbaz, an international student recruiter, is working with the Muslim Student Association to find a space for University of Northern Iowa students.

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