“It’s kind of unfortunate because it really is just a beautiful experience,” said Shamira Lukomwa, president of the UNC Muslim Students Association. “I feel like it’s important for people if they’re trying to share and to just open up conversations.”
At UNC, Muslim students have access to various resources for social, community service and religious events though MSA.
Khadiga Konsouh, UNC sophomore and MSA community service chair, said the group is raising money for a chaplain and a house for their Muslim students.
Despite being stationed at — and paid by — Duke, Imam Adeel J. Zeb also serves at UNC and N.C. State University, Konsouh said.
“Even though he is not formally ours, we all work together,” Konsouh said.
Lukomwa said having a chaplain available to ensure there are no issues and to make sure the club is running smoothly would be a great help to the student-run organization.
“We’re trying to focus on having a greater presence on campus,” she said.
Because UNC is a public institution, the University cannot offer as many resources as Duke. There is a Center for Muslim Life at Duke with three paid staff members, including a Muslim chaplain. Muslim students at Duke also have a building that acts as a community center.