OHIO – Following in the steps of their sisters in Texas, the Muslim students at the University of Toledo have made history with the creation of the first Muslim sorority on campus, The Independent Collegian reported.
“Not only did I think it was about time for a Muslim sorority to finally be a part of this campus, but I was genuinely excited to actually jump in and join,” said prospective M4C member, Lora Sahmarani, a second-year exercise science major.
Back in 2015, Muslim male students at the university created the first Muslim fraternity chapter called “Alpha Lambda Mu.” This year, their female Muslim colleagues created the “Muslimahs for Change” (M4C) sorority.
Walaa Kanan, M4C President, is a third-year studying social work with a minor in disability studies. She said her brother encouraged her to stated M4C.
The members of the sorority believe that it will help them be more confident in achieving their goals.
“I am considering joining because I’ve always wanted to be in a sorority, but nothing caught my eye or seemed right until this one,” Sena Damci, a first-year studying pre-law and social, said.
“Mu Delta Alpha is a professional sorority focused on professional development of Muslim women and… The long term goal of the sorority is to have networking within the Muslim female community,” Kanan said.
At the University of Texas, Austin Chapter, Muslim students started their first fraternity in 2017.
A few months later, the nation’s first professional Muslim sorority, Mu Delta Alpha, established a beta chapter at the University of Texas, Austin chapter, to help Muslim women become leaders and professionals while sticking to their Islamic values.
The sorority initially began as Muslimahs For Change with a grand alpha chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas, but began calling itself Mu Delta Alpha in the fall of 2016.
Along with its chapters at UT-Austin and UT-Dallas, it has a joint gamma chapter that includes the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University.