UC San Diego Welcomes First Muslim Fraternity
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Aired 2/26/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Rumzi Khan, President, Alpha Lambda Mu San Diego Chapter
Sayed Sadat, Fraternity Advisor
The days of the Animal House fraternity miught be over, in most cases. But Greek life on campus can still get rowdy.
Especially if a young man is trying to be true to his culture and his faith, which is one of the reasons that Muslim college students at several American universities have created their own fraternity.
Alpha Lambda Mu, or Alif Laam Meem in Arabic, is the nation's first Muslim fraternity.
And a UC San Diego chapter formed this school year on campus.
The organization gives a social outlet to observant Muslims who often feel left-out of the conventional college experience.
Members say it's also a way for Islamic students to support each other when their religion and culture is misunderstood in mainstream campus life.
The mission of Alif Laam Meem National Muslim Fraternity is to empower and unite men towards success in this life and the next in accordance to God and his final Messenger, Prophet Muhammed, Peace Be Upon Him.
The UC San Diego chapter has 17 members.