Muslim Student Association Plans Peaceful Rally

Illinois State University's Muslim Student Association (MSA) is sponsoring a Peaceful Rally from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at ISU's Schroeder Hall.

"In light of all the recent events happening which includes preventing many innocent tourists and visa holders from entering our country, we will be holding a peaceful event to call for action and stand in solidarity against these unjust actions. I truly believe the Presidents actions are causing more harm than good in the world and in our community even though that may not have been his intentions. This is 2017 not 1950. We live in such a great country so let's do our best to make sure it stays that way and to bring awareness to the problems we are currently facing," MSA states.

"We were taught since a young age to stand up to bullies and to never let them bring us down. Do not let these unjust actions affect your daily lives in a negative way! Let's unite as a group and community and show our presence by standing up for our rights and for what we believe in.

"We have many international students on our campus and they should feel welcome here in the United States and at ISU. Let us stand in solidarity for their rights as well as the rights for everyone who might be affected by these actions when they should not be.

"It does not matter whether you are Muslim or Christian, black or white, male or female. We all live in the same community and we are all Normal. Lets stand together and show the world we can coexist in peace.

"Stay strong everyone and I hope to see you all soon."

MSA's mission is "to build a community for those interested in learning about the Islamic community as well as joining Muslim students together."