MU DELTA ALPHA at Wichita State University is a sorority for Muslim women who see themselves as superior to American women despite being treated as second class citizens by Muslim men.
The Sunflower Saniya Ahmed (photo above), a junior studying health science at WSU had trouble re-establishing that second home feeling at college and did what many college students do. She looked into joining Greek life on campus, but because much of their fundraising and philanthropic activities, not to mention social interactions are coordinated with male fraternities, she would never consider joining one of them.
“I really wanted it, but I just felt like I would have to compromise the Muslim part of myself to fit in,” Ahmed said. “A part of Greek life is about finding your home, and you can’t really be at home if you feel like you have to compromise part of yourself.”
In other words, she does not want to participate in activities that make sororities sororities.
Ahmed said that foundation of faith is the most important aspect of her day-to-day life.
“That’s what I was really missing with all of these organizations,” Ahmed said. “I felt like at the end of the day, if you ask me who I am, with all my hyphenations of what I identify as, my first identification will always be a Muslim before anything else.
Mu Delta Alpha was the first Muslim sorority to be established in Texas. It was founded in 2016 at the University of Texas at Dallas by Samira Maddox.
Because practicing Muslims do not consume alcohol and are discouraged from premarital sexual relationships (even kissing), a sorority rooted in Islamic identity provides an opportunity for students to redefine what it means to be a Muslim in America in an all-Muslim sorority.
She claims that the Muslim sorority is “defying stereotypes,” when, in fact, it is reinforcing stereotypes…all negative.
Nisa Sheikh, the beta chapter’s financial officer in 2018, told The Daily Texan that Mu Delta Alpha is all about normalizing their (supremacist) identities as Muslim women into the college scene.
KUOW Mu Delta Alpha founder Samira Maddox started the sorority three years ago at the University of Texas at Dallas because she was looking for a place to fit in and have a full college experience. She was born in Somalia, grew up in Canada and has been living in the U.S. for 10 years. But, she says, it was difficult to find a group that matched her unique “qualities.”
“I felt like there wasn’t a place of belonging for me, being a Muslim woman, African-American,” she said. “I was like, maybe if we could have something for women only, in a university … what could that be? It happens to be a sorority. ”
But Maddox said getting here wasn’t easy. When she decided to start MDA, she received a fair amount of pushback. Although UT-Dallas supported her efforts, it was difficult to find a faculty adviser.
“We could tell that people were scared. They’ve never had anything like this,” Maddox said. “Muslim people coming out of nowhere, and saying, ‘Hey! Do you want to be our adviser? You would be responsible for any event that we do. You would be the one who advocate for us at the school.’ There was a lot of pushback on that.”
Even after she finally found an adviser, there were other challenges ahead. While the sorority’s first rush brought in more than a dozen young Muslim women, some worried it would be a stereotypical Greek experience. A strict adherence to the Muslim faith means no alcohol, so many of those first pledges changed their minds.
Mu Delta Alpha was built around members’ sense of Islamic identity. “My identity means everything to me, not just as a Muslim, but as a Pakistani first-generation immigrant,” Haseem said. “All these things mean a lot to me, in that they shape my perspective in how I think, but also in the way that I move about the world, and … the way the world responds to me.”
According to Tahir Rajab, 21, president of the Jacksonville Muslim Student Assn. in Florida, thinks Muslim women should not seek to emulate American women. “All these sororities sound very good on paper,” he said. “But partying is what they are known for.”
Muslim women who want sisterhood, he suggested, should call themselves the Righteous Woman Organization and use Arabic, rather than Greek, letters.
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