Stop UEA from abolishing Muslim Prayer Spaces
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We have just found out that the University is not only taking away the Friday Prayer Space in Blackdale for Muslim students on the eve of Ramadan, but also permanently taking away the Muslim daily prayer space in Lecture Theatre 2, to be replaced with a corridor to the Library. This has been done with zero Muslim student consultation or input.
The University, which has been expanding its numbers, is trying to convince us that the already crowded Multi-Faith Centre will somehow fit all current students of faith and the 600+ Muslim students. They don't seem to realise that not only is the space not big enough to accommodate or balance all students of faith with Muslim students praying 5 times a day, but the facilities are completely inadequate. They admitted this in an official University meeting in 2014, but seem to have forgotten and are going back on their word as the conditions have not changed.
We are shocked and appalled that the University, who re-located us to Blackdale on the condition that they would investigate a permanent solution which they have failed to produce, would take away our only prayer spaces during exam period and before Ramadan. They have done this without consulting or telling any Muslim Students or the Student Union.
All we want is to pray in peace and in cohesion at UEA but after years of being bumped around campus, being the only faith forced to use our campus cards to access our prayer space and now finding out by accident that our prayer space is being permanently taken away, UEA does not feel like a space for Muslims.
Sign this petition if you believe it is the right of Muslim students to be able to worship freely and without hindrance on UEA campus, that the University must listen to its Muslim students and keep the Muslim Prayer Rooms.
Link here for the official UEA Student Union statement in support: https://www.uea.su/blogs/blog/welfare/2017/05/18/Removal-of-Muslim-prayer-space/
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