About PENN MSA

The Muslim Students' Association of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn MSA) was founded in 1963 with the aim of helping Penn Muslims refine their hearts and minds. We are here to build faith and community by fostering a space under the guidance of Islamic principles. Today, Penn MSA has grown to cover not only faith and community, but also to facilitate institutional support for the Muslim community at Penn.

In 1973, Penn MSA founded Masjid Al-Jamia on 18 S 43rd St. Today, Jamia is run by the West Philadelphia community and has grown to become one of the largest mosques in the area. 

In January 2017, Penn MSA was joined by our first full-time Muslim Chaplain, Sister Patricia Anton. Patty received her BA in International Relations from the Ohio State University, MA in Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, a Graduate Fellowship in Non-Profit Management and Governance from Indiana University, additional graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and currently is completing a certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy with Hartford Seminary. Patty is here to support students and provide guidance, as well as to foster further development of the Penn Muslim community.

Penn MSA Annual Family Fair, circa 2013.

Penn MSA Annual Family Fair, circa 2013.

Jummah on the Green 2016, part of Penn MSA's annual Islamic Discovery Series.

Jummah on the Green 2016, part of Penn MSA's annual Islamic Discovery Series.

Penn MSA's 12th Annual Alumni Banquet

Penn MSA's 12th Annual Alumni Banquet