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KGU Establishes On-Campus Prayer Room for the Use of Students and Staff

Public Relations Office        September 21, 2018

 On September 21st, Kwansei Gakuin University, with the cooperation of Tanseisha Co., Ltd. (HQ: Minato, Tokyo; CEO: Takashi Takahashi), opened a prayer room for use on the Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus. While the room was built with the assumption that its primary users would be Muslim exchange students, it is not specifically intended for any one religion, and anyone can use it.

 The prayer room, located in the third floor lobby of Lecture Hall 4, is set up with separate spaces for men and women. Each space is 1.65 meters wide and 2.6 meters long. Open the sliding door, and behind the wooden floored area, there is a tatami mat space that is 1.65 meters square. There is a faucet with water for cleansing, as well as a chair. There is a Japanese lattice-style door fitting between the wooden floored area and the tatami, giving off a Japanese vibe to go along with the Qibla pointer affixed to the ceiling, which indicates the direction of Mecca. The room is designed for supplicants to be able to offer prayers in a quiet, relaxed environment.

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The interior, built with Japanese materials

The interior, built with Japanese materials

 Kwansei Gakuin aims to build a “community without fences,” which treats diversity as a strength, and announced its Inclusive Community Statement in September 2010 (which was revised in March 2014). The statement clarified Kwansei Gakuin’s intention to work towards building an environment where everyone is treated with respect, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, place of origin, religion or sexuality, and allows each person to demonstrate their own unique talents.

 As one part of that initiative, every semester, Kwansei Gakuin University takes in many exchange students from its partner universities around the globe. The need for a prayer room had grown in importance, due to the increasing number of Muslim students and researchers at the university. Because of the likelihood that Muslim guests will visit KGU for international conferences and other events, the university decided that a permanent facility was necessary, and established a prayer room.

Layout of the room

Layout of the room