May 6 2012
NY Muslim Student Association wants college to pay for their Islamic spiritual advisor because of ‘Islamophobia’
Baruch College Muslim Student Association* recently sent a proposal to the Undergraduate Student Government asking them to provide monetary support for their Islamic spiritual advisor, Imam Samer Alraey, as well as giving him an official advisor position.
*Muslim Student Association is a North American proxy for the terror-linked Muslim Brotherhood
The Ticker “This is a proposal to request that our current Chaplain, Imam Samer Alraey be officially offered a position as a counselor with reasonable compensation,” reads the beginning of the proposal.
Alraey has been the resident Chaplain for the Muslim faith at Baruch since 2005. In the past year, however, he has had to increase his time here due to heightened demand, and now comes out up to five days a week, typically from noon until ten or eleven at night.
His increased presence has come at a cost, mostly economical, as the Imam has had to pass up on other offers that would keep him away from Baruch. This is the primary fear of the students who require his service and is argued in the proposal: “ImamAlraey’s vast experience and highly reputable status in the Muslim community […] will make him the best candidate for this position. However, we are facing the possibility of losing him since it has become difficult for him to continue his services dues to the lack of proper financial accommodations.” (Who cares?)
The Imam provides his services free of charge, but “New York is a very expensive city to work in,” he said, and he must begin to consider other options, even though he says he really wants to stay at Baruch.
That is why Noureen Ramzan, former president of Women in Islam, Mashud Abukari, general member and special advisor to the MSA, and MSA president Yafees Sarwar approached USG president Antonio Alfonso several times with hopes of getting the economical support for the Imam’s services.
“They came primarily to me, straight to the top, which is fine,” said Alfonso. “They told me, ‘there’s a serious need here, with everything from the infiltrations, to growing animosity in the Muslim community, and […] we need someone who is as qualified and as experienced in counseling of all sorts like Alraey.’”
The argument from USG however, is that other spiritual leaders for the Christian and Jewish communities receive private funding for their services and that the MSA should look to do the same.