Around the World in One Night: Muhibbah Dinner Dazzles

Byline: By Shumaila Bhatti

Posted: April 14, 2013

Muhibbah Club held the annual Muhibbah Dinner on the evening of March 2. Muhibbah is a Malaysian word meaning “unity among nations”. Various cuisines from countries such as Pakistan, Armenia, Japan, Thailand and Nepal were served along with beautiful and colorful dances which were performed in Laird Hall.

Every year the club donates money collected from the Muhibbah Dinner to a non-profit organization. This year they raised $500 to donate to IMA World Health Organization, which supplies and contributes safe motherhood kits to pregnant women in Africa.

During the mid 1980s, Professor Harry Buck and his wife Esther used to host international students at their home where the students cooked their traditional food. Later their home became too small for the students so they shifted to the Jensen Dining Hall.

Since then Muhibbah Club has been organizing Muhibbah Dinner to bring together the community. It has come a long way from one home and once a semester to a large gathering at Laird Hall once a year. Muhibbah Dinner has a large community following, attracting people who have a keen interest in international relations and cuisines.

Paul Miller, International Student and Scholar Services Director said, “As I chat with Muhibbah Dinner guests, I note that many are world travelers and educators and they understand and appreciate the value of developing friendships with persons from outside the United States. Also, they appreciate the value Wilson College provides to the local community and want to support Wilson's programs.”

Miller added, “This year we had the highest number of advance reservations in my six years as Muhibbah Club advisor. We normally can expect to have 24-50 ‘walk-ins’ the evening of the Dinner. This year over 250 individuals viewed the performances in Laird Hall.” There were 190 advance reservations for the dinner this year.

Last Updated: April 16, 2013

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