Islam today is practiced by over 1.8 billion adherents, encompassing numerous nationalities, cultures, and experiences. Barnard/Columbia’s Muslim community is no different—our students, faculty, and staff come from all sorts of different backgrounds. The purpose of Muslim Life @Columbia is to create, within this very diverse body, a united community that meets the spiritual, social, and intellectual needs of all Muslims on Columbia’s campuses, a community in which all Barnard/Columbia Muslims feel they can participate and belong.
In terms of kinds of events and topics involved, our core programming is highly varied, so all community members can find something enriching. From weekly Jummah prayers and halaqas, to health and wellness seminars, to talks given by Muslim academics, we hope to provide an immersive and enlightening Columbia experience for all. Our events are inclusive to anyone, Muslim or not, wishing to practice, understand, or simply appreciate Islam.
With a strong emphasis on social responsibility, we also organize several volunteer projects, giving everyone an opportunity to work for the betterment of the world outside of Columbia, in accordance with the Islamic duty to stand up for truth, peace, and equality.
Muslim Life coordinator:
Amina Darwish "Imamina" is the Muslim Life Coordinator. She earned ijazas, traditional Islamic studies certifications, from the Qalam seminary in Dallas, TX and the Critical Loyalty seminary in Toronto, ON. She has also studied individually under different scholars from all over the world. She earned a PhD in Chemical engineering before switching careers to follow her true passion of community building. She worked as an adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati Clermont and Northern Kentucky University. Amina also served as the content development coordinator at the Muslim Youth of North America. She is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive Muslim community on campus.