Muslim Prayer Space Added to Meetinghouse

A small section of the meetinghouse balcony is now defined by a billowy blue curtain. Inside are prayer rugs, Qurans, and strings of beads to be held when making holy petitions while crouched and facing Mecca.

When they first arrived at George School, Saleema Walter ’19 and Anisgul Stanikzai ’19 missed the traditions close to their hearts. So, they decided to create a special place for themselves and others inside George School’s iconic meetinghouse. A small section of the balcony is now defined by a billowy blue curtain. Inside are prayer rugs, Qurans, and strings of beads to be held when making holy petitions while crouched and facing Mecca.

“It was very overwhelming emotionally to be in a place that feels so much like home,” Saleema said. “After a long day of classes, it’s a break away from the stress of senior year. I come here, get out a rug, and it gives me peace.”

This story is adapted from the May 17, 2019 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read the full story. 

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