“Walking through White Plaza early on a Friday afternoon, one is likely to hear Hossam Fahmy's Arabic verses ringing through the air from the Old Union Courtyard. The age-old call that Fahmy, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, invokes is a variation of one that many Muslims know by heart. Fahmy invites fellow believers to join the traditional Friday congregational prayer. People trickle in, removing their shoes, to join other observers on the mats that cover this shaded corner of the courtyard. By the final prayer, there are upward of 110 people who have come, all facing the direction of Mecca. “ Overall, there are 250 students involved in the Muslim Society."

source: Stanford Daily October 25, 2000 tags: Stanford