13 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re a Muslim University Student
When you find quality Halal food on campus 🙌
1. Utilising any available space on campus to perform your daily prayers.
Even though there may be a multi-faith praying facility available, you’re usually just too lazy to go over to the other side of the campus to use the prayer room.
2. The awkwardness when the Adhan app goes off in a lecture.
Especially if it happens to multiple people at once.
Nothing more awkward than your Adhan app going off in lecture 😭
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3. The difficulty of trying to find Halal food on campus.
If you’re incredibly fortunate your campus canteen will provide at least one Halal option – otherwise, it’s go veggie for the next three years.
4. And the joy when you actually find some.
Bonus points if it actually tastes good, too. 🙌
5. Getting used to being the only sober member of the party.
To be honest, it’s quite entertaining to watch people get drunk.
6. Accidentally using Muslim-lingo with Non-Muslims.
The reactions are priceless when you greet someone with “Assalam Alaykum” without even thinking about it.
7. Getting caught washing your foot in the sink whilst doing your ablution in the campus bathroom.
We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. There’s no explaining yourself out of that one, so just nod your head and smile politely.
8. Subtly using your hijab to hide your earphones when you want to switch off from a lecture.
Don’t pretend you haven’t, girls.
9. The dilemmas you face in the romance department.
Either you appear to be ‘too-Muslim’ which turns some people off from approaching you, or the person you are interested in is not a Muslim, which is an important criterion for some Muslims.
10. Having to wear multiple layers in the university gym.
Especially if there is a lack of women-only spaces, so you have to adopt a gym-friendly hijab style which can eventually become uncomfortable.
11. The panic when you realise there are no water containers in the bathrooms.
Yeah, let’s talk about the ultimate struggle. You’ve had endless fun improvising how to wash after using the toilet when there are no water containers in public bathrooms.
12. The fact that your parents never believe that studying is what you’re actually doing in the library. Even though it always is.
Initially abused by individuals who have used this excuse as a disguise for ‘unacceptable-according-to-Muslim-parents’ activities, you will probably still receive the suspicious glance when you say you’re “going to the library to study.”
13. And wishing you could stay in your Islamic Society forever.
It’s been like a little bedrock of your university experience, allowing you to stay connected with your faith and meet other like-minded Muslims on campus. Best of all though, you’ve probably had more tea parties in your university life with ISoc than a five-year-old girl has in her bedroom. Which, just be clear, isn’t a bad thing.