The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. It is a social group for Muslim students on campus to become close to one another; a means by which Muslim students maintain and increase their faith in a college environment as well as an expression of their creativity and ideas; a tool by which people on campus can learn about Islam and its beauty. Above all, the MSA is the stepping stone by which students learn the techniques, develop the motivation, and acquire the passion to commit their lives for the sake of Allah and Allah alone.
In January 1963, Muslim students from across the country gathered in the Illini Union and founded MSA-National, and the rest is history. American Muslims that formally organized as the founding members of MSA moved on and started ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, ICNA, and many other prestigious organizations.
What began as a small halaqa in the late 1950's is now known as the Muslim Students Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the oldest, largest and most active Muslim group on campus. The MSA holds a place in history among Muslims in America, for it was here that the first MSA chapter in the nation was founded.