NCCU Muslim prayer room is now open to the public
|Dean of the General Affairs, Professor Calvin Lin (林左裕) and NCCU Muslim representative, Ms. Yuherina Gusman marks the opening of Muslim Prayer Room in NCCU. Photo: OIC.|
|Attendees gather outside of the NCCU Muslim Prayer Room. Photo: Office of International Cooperation.|
by Huai-Yin CHEN (陳懷茵)
Office of International Cooperation
National Chengchi University (hereafter, “NCCU”) has launched the opening ceremony of campus Muslim prayer room during the Islamic month of Ramadan on June 2, 2017. Located on the second floor of NCCU Vivo Plaza, the Prayer Room was crowded not only with NCCU Muslim students, but also with representatives from NCCU Indonesian student association, Indonesian student association in Taiwan, and from Indonesian-Muslim student association in Taiwan.
“NCCU respects all cultures and religions,” Professor Calvin Lin (林左裕), Dean of General Affairs, pointed out in his welcome remark. “So when we noticed how difficult it is for our Muslim students to find a place to pray five times a day on campus, Office of International Cooperation (OIC) incorporated with the Office of General Affairs were then eagerly looking for a discrete, quiet, private, and comfortable place for you to perform your daily rituals.”
Taking the advice of NCCU Muslim community, formed by professors and approximately 25 students who are mainly from Indonesia, Turkey, and Jordon, OIC has renovated the room and equipped it with prayer mats and a niche that shows the correct direction of Ka’bah (the square black shrine) in Mikkah. At the end of the corridor, wudu taps were also built to facilitate the cleaning part of the prayer, so the importance of washing before prayer would no longer be a problem to Muslim friends.
On behalf of her fellow Muslim students, Yuherina Gusman, a student in the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, expressed her gratitude to NCCU for taking their needs into consideration and giving them such a great support. She explained that Muslim students usually had to search for places like emergency stairs or other “hidden place” to pray, in order to make sure that they would not disturb or annoy other students. The prayer room, she added, would allow Muslim students to perform prayer more conveniently and comfortably. This opening ceremony is of great significance to them.
The prayer room is now open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm during weekdays. Opening hours would be extended after measures pertaining to security is implemented.