The new ablution room is now open for individuals to perform Wudu, as it was built as a courtesy for Muslims students who pray in between classes. Kindlon 147 contains two stools and faucets which allow Muslim students to easily wash their face and feet before prayer.
“Wudu is ablution, which is a religious practice of purification. It consists of washing the face, arms, hair, and feet,” said junior MSA board member Abdullah Damra, “Wudu is both a means of physical purification as well as a spiritual one. It is believed that the person’s sins wash away with the droplets of water.”
There are five prayers a day for those who practice the faith and Muslim students quickly rinse their bodies with water before each prayer. Some non-Muslim students may have noticed other students washing their feet in the sink, this was due to the lack of a lower more convenient faucet/basin for Muslim students to wash their feet in. After noticeable struggles for both Muslims and non-Muslims in the bathroom during this step, BU Muslim Faith Advisor Dr. Isaac Gold proposed the idea of a separate room for Muslim students to wash their feet in.
“There are a lot of Muslim students I saw who were taking ablution in the bathroom sinks, which I thought might offend others. About 30% of the population here at BU are Muslim,” said MSA advisor Dr. Isaac Gold, “These students can now feel more comfortable before praying and now others in the bathroom can feel more comfortable as well.”
The addition of the ablution room gave way to excitement for the Muslim community on campus. There were also concerns by Muslim students who were struggling to keep the water off of the countertops and the floor during the Wudu process.
“I always make Wudu at school, and I try to wipe down the sink. Part of our faith is to leave the area cleaner than when we entered. I appreciate the school doing this because it shows how inclusive they are of the Muslim community,” said sophomore Danya Alzein.
The ablution station is an addition to the technologies being added to campus. A few months ago, Bidet stations were added in the first stalls of the women’s and men’s bathrooms on Kindlon’s first floor. This was added so that Muslim students would be able to clean themselves in the proper Islamic way. Dr. Isaac Gold stated that he is working on several other projects like these, in order to help benefit the University as a whole with the intention of increasing enrollment.