Rosy Perez

Prayer room provides outlet for interfaith students

As we all know, Texas Wesleyan is a school of many cultures and different beliefs.

Mohammed Khalid M. Alshafei, president of the Saudi Students Club at Wesleyan, had a meeting in 2012 with President Frederick Slabach asking for a prayer room to be provided as prayer is very important for the Saudi culture.

It is quite common for Saudi students to pray about five times a day, three of those times during classes or school.

“The reasons for this (prayer room) are twofold,” said Rev. Dr. Robert K. Flowers, Wesleyan chaplain. “One, to show hospitality to our foreign students and, two, our campus needs to be open and tolerant of other faith traditions whether it is Islam, Hindu, Jewish, or otherwise.”

The prayer room was established in 2012 and is located in the Morton Fitness Center.

The prayer room also has to face toward the Ka’ba shrine in Mecca for Islamic observances, according to

Another thing the Islamic students perform before praying is the washing of hands and feet.

“We have to be cleaned before we pray,” said Alshafei. “We believe that when we pray, we will be between the hands of God.”

Islamic pray starts in the standing position and moves through several postures and ends with the taslima (greeting) meaning “Peace be upon you,” according to

When talking to Alshafei, he indicated many of his friends and classmates use the prayer room.

Currently, students who use the prayer room wash their hands and feet in the bathrooms of the Morton Fitness Center but the question of whether or not a different area should be used has come up in recent conversations.

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  1. Barb
    November 27, 2013 at 8:58 pm — Reply

    Sharia creeps on. According to, Muslims have committed nearly 22,000 terrorist acts since 9/11.
    When they out number us, they won’t “ask”, they will take, whether you like it or not.
    But, go ahead, be “hospitable”. See if they will allow you a Methodist Church in a muslim country. Ha!

  2. […] life. It has crept in like a slow moving fog, and clouded the vision of anyone who has eyes to see. Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, a Methodist affiliated university, has fully submitted to sharia. Under the guise of […]

  3. Mark
    November 28, 2013 at 10:59 am — Reply

    I am disgusted by this submission to Islam. What’s next, a room for Rastafarians? how about Voodoo? Santa Ria? Devil Worshippers? Oh wait, you have that, now.

    Are you going to require Sharia law be “tolerated” as well?

    Methodist have lost their way, and it’s clear that this room is NOT for ALL Faiths, but for ONE evil Faith.

    “Multi-cultural?” So what? You are supposed to be a Methodist University.

    What is wrong with this school? Are you afraid of being blown up? Or did the liberals in charge decide to be “tolerant;” which of course means submissive to Islam and Progressivism while spiting on Christianity.

    • susan
      December 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm — Reply

      its usually about money

      • Ted I Lewis
        December 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm — Reply

        Well said! And the truth! Don’t let them take one more thing! Don’t give them anything!

  4. […] It has crept in like a slow moving fog, and clouded the vision of anyone who has eyes to see. Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, a Methodist affiliated university, has fully submitted to sharia. Under the guise of […]

  5. Sarah
    December 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm — Reply

    From the United Methodist Principles:

    Rights of Religious Minorities…
    Religious persecution has been common in the history of civilization. We urge policies and practices that ensure the right of every religious group to exercise its faith free from legal, political, or economic restrictions

    • Learn Some Manners
      December 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm — Reply

      Hello, no one is being persecuted for their religion or being prevented from practicing it here.

      Also from the Principles:

      The Political Community
      We hold governments responsible for the protection of people’s basic freedoms. We believe that neither church nor state should attempt to dominate the other.

      Take note of the last sentence, if nothing else!

      • Sarah
        December 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm — Reply

        Thanks, “Learn some manners”, my response was in support of the prayer room, and directed at the commentors freaking out about a Methodist university allowing another faith to be practiced. Wesleyan is proudly upholding the faith principles of the Methodist church, and I am grateful.

        • Ted I Lewis
          December 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm — Reply

          Sarah, it is plan to see, the devil has had his way with you. for this i am sorry. And will pray you can come back to the God of the Bible. To let a group of people, that their ONLY task in life, is to make the whole earth muslim, is very dumb. The devil has clouded your eyes. And darkened your heart. Want to prove me wrong? Go to any muslim place of worship. Carry your Bible. And talk about the one true GOD! The God of the bible. See what happens. Try it!!! Prove me wrong! The fact is? YOU CAN’T!!! As Always. ” I live my life. That when my feet hit the floor in the morning. The devil and muslims say, ” OH CRAP!!! HE IS AWAKE!!!”

      • Ted I Lewis
        December 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm — Reply

        But muslims want and have been trying for 1000’s of years to kill every person that is not a believer in islam! The BIG LIES? The koran teaches love and peace. And muslims are our brothers. LIES LIES LIES!!!!!!

  6. McKenzie Brown
    December 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm — Reply

    I could not be prouder of my university having a prayer room to accommodate my fellow students.

    Giving students a place to nurture their spirituality is hospitable and loving–two key components of the Christian faith.

    What isn’t Christian is condemning other faiths, speaking from hate, and passing judgment. As a student of religion, and a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church I can confidently say that demeaning another faith is neither righteous nor commendable.

    I’m embarrassed by this display of hate.

    • warren raymond
      December 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm — Reply

      There is no spirituality in Islam, you fool.

      The only love in Islam is for jihad, you fool.

      United Methodist Church is a ship of fools.

      To stand against Islam is not ‘hate’, its love for our culture and civilisation. It is our sacred duty to defend it against those who would replace it with a 7th century blood cult.

      You are the embarrassment here.

    • Ted I Lewis
      December 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm — Reply

      YES ! YES ! YES !!!! BY all means, bend over to the killers of Christians! Jump on their “PITY US!” band wagon! You are no more a Christian then obama! And YOU WILL LIVE UNDER sharia law and islam! I will pray that you come to see what muslims are really doing. Want proof of what muslims are doing today. Not just in other countries. But here in the United states? Please go to, the voice of the or if you feel brave enough to learn the truth? And read what GOD said about other religions! He tells us who he feels about them! READ!!!!

    • tommy
      December 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm — Reply

      You a student of religion….rofl…wise up and start to learn what islam actually is …murdering non muslims every day in keeping with the example set by their satanic muhammed who authorised thieving,rape,torture,lying and murder
      You disgust me with your ignorance

    • Ken Olson
      December 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm — Reply

      It is admirable to be tolerant of all religions but Islam is not so much a “religion” as a way of life. It is totally intolerant of any other “religion”. This is especially evident in countries where the Muslim population exceeds 50%. Please read Robert Spencer and Brigitte Gabrielle. They are painfully accurate in their observance of Stealth Jihad in America.

  7. C H Ingoldby
    December 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm — Reply

    In what way is a Muslim prayer room in anyway ‘Interfaith’?

    I somehow doubt that any non-Muslims will be able to use it.

  8. john humphrey
    December 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    Tolerance is a fundamental virtue in Christianity. To add my humble opinion, I say we should simply live and let live and am curious why one small prayer room is such big deal anyway.

    • Ted I Lewis
      December 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm — Reply

      Day after day, all over our country, muslims play the PITTY US game. They say Americans don’t like them or won’t let them practice their faith. And we bend over and let them have their way! Why? Why should we act like they are better then anyone? They are forcing islam and sheria law on all christians! read the koran! It is a instruction book on how to treat christians. And i don’t think rape(boys and girls), beating, taxes and even killing are the Godly thing to do! Do you? But it is told in the koran. That is what they are to do! NO!!!! They have NO RIGHT to special treatment! Wake up! Your Bible tells us, muslims will try to take over our country and then the rest of the world! READ FOOLS! Don’t let them take one more thing. Don’t bend over any more!

  9. […] “Politically correct” article on the prayer room from university newspaper here. […]

  10. November 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm — Reply

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  11. November 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm — Reply

    Good article and straight to the point. I don’t know if this is really the best place to ask but
    do you people have any ideea where to get some professional writers?
    Thx 🙂

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