Texas Wesleyan University Offers Prayer Room for Muslim Students

Texas Wesleyan University credit David TribbleFORT WORTH, TX — Controversy is stirring over a recent news report surrounding a special prayer room at Texas Wesleyan University that was established at the request of a Muslim student group.

The Rambler, the student publication for the university, published an article on November 19th about the prayer room, explaining its purpose, the story behind its inception and its uses.

“The reasons for this (prayer room) are twofold,” Chaplain Dr. Robert K. Flowers told the publication. “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 last year at the request of Mohamed Khalid Alshafei, the president of the Saudi students club, who met with university President Frederick Slabach about the matter. The article noted that Saudi–or Muslim–students pray about five times a day and have certain rituals surrounding their observances.

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

Therefore, the prayer room is held in the Morton Fitness Center and faces Mecca in compliance with Islamic requirements.

According to the university website, Texas Wesleyan University, founded in 1890 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, welcomes students of all religions, even though its history is rooted in Methodism.

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“Throughout its history, the University has remained closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church,” it explains. “The University maintains special relationships with several United Methodist congregations, and some of the trustees are representatives of the United Methodist Church.”

But, “[i]n keeping with Methodist tradition, the university welcomes individuals of all faiths and is thoroughly inclusive in its practices,” the site continues.

However, some are expressing concerns about the university’s prayer room, stating that a school that identifies as being affiliated with the United Methodist Church should not accommodate those of the Islamic faith.

“Texas Wesleyan has dangerously aligned itself with Islam, not unlike most colleges across the United States. However, the Methodist affiliated private university, which doesn’t mean the school is Christian by any stretch of the imagination, is caving to sharia,” reporter Janna Brock wrote on Freedom Outpost. “All in the name of ‘interfaith’ worship, which is surely the most outrageous claim. Islam does not co-exist.”

She said that she questions whether the room is really an interfaith venue, or is really a capitulation to Islam.

“Never does ‘interfaith’ mean anything but non-Christian activities, namely New Age practices,” she stated. “Today, the word ‘interfaith’ can be directly translated to mean Islam, with full sharia compliance.”

Comments under the Rambler article also expressed disapproval.

“I am disgusted by this submission to Islam. What’s next, a room for Rastafarians? How about Voodoo? Santa Ria? Devil worshippers?” a reader named Mark wrote. “You are supposed to be a Methodist university. What is wrong with this school?”

“I am appalled by this Methodist university,” another wrote. “My great grandfather Gifford was a Methodist circuit rider minister. He is probably rolling in his grave.”

Photo: David Tribble


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  • Alw

    See if you can go to a prodominately Muslim country and pray to Christ without loosing your head or being beaten for the truth that so convicts them.

  • Abi

    Will the have an idol to moloch to burn the babies to death on also?

  • Karate Kathleen

    This university has completely gone away from its Christian roots in the name of accepting everyone and being politically correct, or maybe it all boils down to more students, more money. But the results will be disaster! Please everyone out there READ THE QURAN FOR YOURSELF! IT SAYS RIGHT IN THERE IF SOMEONE DOES NOT ACCEPT ISLAM THEN BEHEAD THEM!! Islam will not co-exist with any other religion! When this country becomes saturated with Islam then they will force all of us to their way or else and everyone will wonder how it happened! WAKE UP AMERICA! PLEASE READ THE QURAN FOR YOURSELF!!

  • Sir Tainly

    Predictions are roughly the equivalent to prophecy in one respect IMO, and that is we are expected to see if they become true. That way we can at least see & know whether or not the predictors are of the truth or not. This is the easy scenario, as opposed to the more subtle approach of having to discern whether or not someone leads people away from God or not.

    Easy scenario:
    Deut 18: (NKJV)
    17 “And the Lord said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. 18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

    Difficult scenario:
    Deut 13:
    1 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.


    Many of you speak of Muslims as if they are the enemy, that they will destroy us, that they do not deserve our consent as to their beliefs and religion.

    Jesus treated both the Romans and the Samaritans better than some of you would treat our Muslim Americans. I think HIS example is better than your paranoia.

    I’ll treat people who are individually and collectively acting as terrorists accordingly, not Muslims in general.

  • Rayn

    I am a Muslim I believe in God and Jesus a prophet of God

    • Sir Tainly

      As-salam alaykum Rayn.

  • Karate Kathleen

    Look, I have a friend who is Muslim and I know without a doubt she is a kind loving person who wouldn’t hurt anyone BUT we know for sure there are radical Muslims out there who follow The Quran to the letter. So WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THE QURAN SAYS! That’s not being paranoid, that’s being realistic. Look, if I run into a bear in the woods I can say to myself “Oh, this looks like a nice cuddly bear. I’m not going to prejudge him and think he ‘ll kill me. After all, it’s only right to fully accept all animals without prejudice.” Then if the bear tears me apart, did I use good judgement? We all need to read the Quran because that’s what they go by, that’s what guides their thinking.

  • John B.

    My family has left a lot of money to TWU. NEVER again!!

  • Sir Tainly

    I respect anyone who’d overlook a cultural bias in order to see people as they are everywhere in every culture. Some are good, some are terrible, some love peace, and some are monsters…..like in the U.S.

    • Karate Kathleen

      Sir Tainly, this isn’t just about a “cultural bias”. THE BOOK THEY FOLLOW SAYS IF ANYONE REFUSES TO CONVERT TO ISLAM THEN BEHEAD THEM. I promise you I am not lying or blowing things up. PLEASE READ THE QURAN FOR YOURSELF. We know for sure that the Shiite Muslims believe in following the words this book says to the letter! There is a danger here!

  • Sir Tainly

    If you think that every Muslim wants to go around lopping off heads then you probably don’t actually know any Muslims, Kathleen.

    Are you willing to honor the many American Muslim Veterans that have done very brave things just by being American troops and usually doing very dangerous and touchy liaison work in Afghanistan and Iraq?

  • Gideon Dut Dan

    the problem with American Christianity or Americans generally is that they re too naive thinking that is Liberation theology. But have ever heard of cultural Terrorism? Whose aims are targeted at non islamic cultures, more strongly anti-west. It is a subliminal movement that ll one day rare its ugly head fully n Americans ll wake up one day and see her statue of liberty thrown down for religious reasons. Learn a lesson from 9/11 experience.

  • Sir Tainly

    I just do not want to fight shadows. I think that we need to concentrate on proven threats and watch the preachers of hate, violence, and bigotry in every religion.

    But as to 9-11….it would be stupidity in the highest order to completely ignore the religious background of the criminals, but I refuse to ignore our loyal and patriotic Muslim vets either. They took the same oath that I did as a much younger man.

  • Karate Kathleen

    Sir Tainly, yes I must agree & say I am grateful for anyone who willingly does service for our country, no matter what religion. How could I not?, the sacrifices of vets are enormous! Plus, a lot of men on my Dad’s side of the family served. My father was drafted before the Korean War. And I am truly serious when I say I know a very sweet, Muslim woman who is obviously a very good mother and would never, ever harm a living soul! Her son is one of our best Karate students, and is very well behaved. If all Muslim’s were just like her I wouldn’t worry at all! But she is Sunni, I believe, and we know for sure there is the other kind-Shiite who hate and want to kill anyone and everyone who does not convert to Islam. We don’t know how many of which kind are where, or what they have planned for the future. A little caution and knowledge of the Quran could save your life.

  • Arnie

    this is folly to allow muslims to have a place and a room in a university that is dedicated to the spreading of the truth of the Kingdom of Jesus. folly and shame!

  • Socialismo

    At least it is a private university and not spending any tax payer dollar on it.