What kinds of issues do Muslim students approach you with in your capacity as chaplain, and how do y
  • "One of the things I see that comes up repeatedly is about identity. It’s, “If people are interpreting any positive or proud expression of Islamic identity as indicative of a propensity for extremism how do I [express] that? How do I say that I’m proud to be Muslim and that I want to adhere to my faith without it being interpreted as extreme?”

    Many students feel Muslims are the exception — that everyone else has freedom of expression and religion, but for Muslims we have to reassure everyone that our religion is in no way compelling us to kill people. So there’s a lot of struggle around identity and what’s an appropriate level of expression of religion without causing someone to think they’re headed down a dangerous path."