The Muslim Prayer Room is located in room 204 on the second floor of the University Religious Center. It was designed to give the more than 1,000 Muslim students who attend USC a place to perform the five daily prayers in Islam as well as read the holy book, the Quran, and host events, such as guest speakers who are Islamic clergy.
The room is managed under the Office of Religious Life at USC in conjunction with the Muslim Student Union, which has 150 members. It is open from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. The front of the room has a large glass door with shades pulled down for privacy. In the corners of the entry way there are shelves with Qurans available in the traditional Arabic and translated versions as well. On the floor is a carpet with repeating patterns of arch ways designed to align congregants in rows when praying communally. Across the hall from the prayer room, in the upstairs bathroom, are facilities for wudu, or ritual washing. It is an alcove with a waste level shower head where those who want to prayer or open the Quran can perform the obligatory ablutions including the washing of feet and lower legs.
This is not typically available on all college campuses. Kareem Khalifeh, secretary of the Muslim Student Union, says that the room provides and sense of community for both students and non-students. The space is not just for prayer, but can be used to study, discuss issues or hold gatherings.