On Friday, November 15, the Tufts Muslim Student Association hosted their annual Eid dinner to celebrate the religious holiday and fundraise for a charitable organization. The MSA raised money for the charity Global Deaf Muslim this year, an organization that seeks to help deaf Muslims to learn about their faith through sign language. The event, co-hosted by sophomore Imtiyaz Hossain and freshman Nazifa Sarawat, featured catered food and entertainment by an Islamic vocal group called the Moroccan Nasheed Group. The keynote speaker at the event was R. David Coolidge, the Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community at Brown University.
Mr. Coolidge spoke about the nature of Islam in the United States and how the religion has adapted to match American culture. He also discussed the diversity of Muslim adherents in America and the importance of the acceptance of different traditions among believers. Mr. Coolidge brought an interesting perspective to the discussion, as he converted to Islam in college. He discussed his own challenges as he adjusted to the rules of his chosen religion, from not eating pork to not drinking alcohol. He also talked about the things he has learned since converting and how Muslim culture has enhanced his own life.
After Mr. Coolidge spoke, the Nasheed Group performed traditional songs while guests had dessert. The food was delicious. Bravo to the hosts of the evening and to the Muslim Student Association, who put on a wonderful event with good food, education, and entertainment.