Muslim Life

The Elon University community and the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life are committed to promoting an understanding and awareness of the Islamic faith.

Through events, services, and forums, Elon enables Muslim students to engage with their faith, and for others on campus to interact with Muslims as well. We provide space on campus for students to discover Muslim traditions, cultures, and beliefs while interacting first hand with one another.

We welcome you to the Elon community! For more information, please contact Imam Shane Atkinson, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life, or call the Truitt Center at 336-278-7729.


The Mission of Muslim Life at Elon is to create community and learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff that:

  • Foster the development of meaningful Muslim identity through social, educational, and spiritual programming, including support for prayer and religious observance.
  • Support Muslim students to succeed in all aspects of the their living, learning, and well-being at Elon University.
  • Enrich student life for Muslims by creating opportunities for dialogue with people of all religious, spiritual, and secular traditions.
  • Provide opportunities for the campus community to learn about Islamic beliefs, practices, and varied expressions of Muslim culture.

Daily Prayer Times

Looking for the daily prayer times? Visit this website for a list.

Past Events at Muslim Life

Eid al-Adha

Eid Al Adha celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son and is a feast holiday. We have food from a variety of countries and cultures, and we listen to individuals from the Elon community share their stories of Eid al-Adha celebrations and join in discussion over a great meal! Join us every year as we host this wonderful celebration on campus. (Note: our campus celebration is often on a different date to allow our Muslim students, faculty, and staff to celebrate Eid with their own mosque communities, while also providing an opportunity to celebrate and learn about Eid as a campus.)

Brother Ali

Rhymesayers recording artist Brother Ali performed and participated in a discussion about his music and its relationship to his understanding of race in the United States and his Muslim faith.

Unlikely Partners: Peacemaking Across Religions

Rabbi Yehuda Sarna and Imam Khalid Latif shared about their friendship, their work together and their convictions about peacemaking across religions. Latif and Sarna are co-founders of New York University’s The ‘Of Many’ Institute for Multifaith Leadership, which seeks to inspire, educate and train the next generation of spiritual, religious and secular leaders to meet the growing complexities of their communities and the world.

An Evening with Rumi and Rabia

Elon University and the Ripple Interfaith Conference hosted an inspiring evening of Sufi poetry and Persian music, with acclaimed Rumi interpreter Peter Rogen and accompaniment on traditional instruments and singing provided by Amir Vehab, Yvette Gogass and Gail Niziak.

Hijabi Monologues

The Hijabi Monologues project is about creating a theater space for the experiences of Muslim women; a space to breathe as they are; a space that does not claim to tell every story and speak for every voice. The goal is to build relationships across difference and to educate about the diverse experiences of Muslim women.