The Muslim Student Association and the Islamic Center of Athens sent the following letter to Ohio University President Robert Glidden to commemorate the University's bicentennial celebration:
Wednesday Feb. 18th, 2004
Dear President Glidden:
The Muslim Students Association of Ohio University and the Islamic Center of Athens would like to join you and the rest of the university community in celebrating the bicentennial of Ohio University.
For many years now, the MSA and the Islamic Center of Athens have enjoyed continuous support from the university community in general and from you in particular. The whole university demonstrated its solidarity with us during the testing times of the Gulf War in 1991, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and the tragic events of September 11 in 2001.
As Muslims, we would like to take the opportunity of the bicentennial commemoration to express our appreciation to the university community for its support and help throughout the years. Islam is a religion of peace as well as a way of life that mandates us to seek knowledge wherever it may be found. The first word in the Qu'ran revealed to the prophet Muhammad was "Read." It is because of Islam's call for seeking knowledge and wisdom we are here on campus, and we continue to do so because of the wonderful support we receive. The peace of mind and the ideal environment of understanding and tolerance that you and the university have provided us have greatly contributed to our intellectual development and cultural understanding.
Please accept this letter as a token of our gratitude to Ohio University. We wish the University all success in the coming years in achieving its mission and whatever endeavors it pursues.
Ziad Akir, President
Muslim Students Association of Ohio University