As an international institution, Chalmers welcomes students and researchers from all over the world that practise many different religions. Chalmers Islamic Förening and Chalmers Christian Group are two of the largest religious associations at the university.
Chalmers Islamic Förening (CIF) is a
nonpolitical student association at Chalmers University of Technology that
organizes Islamic events and social activities throughout the year.
The association's main event is the
Friday prayer that is held in the Sports hall at Campus Johanneberg every week.
About 50-140 people join the event regularly.
“We serve to help facilitate all the Muslims here at Chalmers, so we open the
doors for those who aren’t members of our organization as well. Like
researchers, post-docs and other Muslim employees at Chalmers”, says Wael
Al-Wakkal, current president of Chalmers Islamic Förening and a student at Chalmers.
He sees no obstacles of being able to study or work full-time at Chalmers and
practice your religion at the same time.
“These two things can co-exist, and we see it working perfectly here at
Chalmers since more than a hundred people usually participate in our
The association started from a need to find an undisturbed place of worship but
has since then branched out.
“Our organization is so much more than just Friday prayer now. Every year we
try to have a lunch lecture. Last year we had one about Islam in the modern
world. Every Ramadan we host a dinner with an open invitation where everyone,
Muslims or non-Muslims are welcome to break the fast with us. And we also have
other social activities, like football tournaments.”, Wael Al-Wakkal says.
Chalmers Christian Group (CKG) is
another religious and nonpolitical student association at Chalmers. They meet
every Tuesday lunch at the Student union-building at Chalmers for Bible
discussion and prayer.
week someone from the group prepares something, usually a thought from a Bible
passage. Everyone is
welcome to join these meetings, Christian or not. Our association also helps
new students to find a congregation to join in Gothenburg.”, says Johan Lindhe,
president of Chalmers Christian Group and a student at Chalmers.
“We also pray for
the university and for everyone to be well. Our mission is to spread the love of God to the
people of Chalmers.”
The group also arranges social
activities, lunch lectures and represent their association at various parties
and events that are hosted by the Student union.
“We usually hand out free coffee and Bibles and we are happy to help, talk and
pray with people depending on their wishes and needs. People generally have a
secular worldview in Sweden, but most people we meet are very friendly and
respectful. They are also often searching for something that the secular
worldview cannot provide.”
Text: Vedrana Sivac
Photo: Chalmers Islamic Förening and Chalmers Christian Group