Dignity in prayer: Muslims students at McGill still need a proper prayer space

As a leading Canadian university, McGill boasts a diverse and multicultural student body. Muslim students are a sizeable portion of this mosaic and actively contribute to all aspects of student life, with the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) as one of the most active and largest student clubs on campus.

Despite the presence of a sizeable number of Muslims on campus, the issue of prayer spaces has had a long and tortured history at McGill dating back to June 2005…

…McGill denied that it needed to provide a dedicated prayer space for Muslims, arguing that as a secular school, it was under no obligation to offer prayer spaces to religious groups…

In the immediate aftermath, Muslim students had to face some serious disturbances to their daily routines, enduring the humiliation of having to pray in the odd corner or hallway, on the grass before the eyes of onlookers, in staircases, or in empty classrooms that could be visited by outsiders at any given moment…

Poor babies. How do other people manage without their own special ‘prayer space’? Does no one else pray? Is this for Islam alone? Or perhaps others simply manage somehow without their own room? What a concept. I am utterly sick and tired of Islam and its ‘special’ requirements.

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