MSA NEWSLETTER

November 10

Assalamualaikum!

We hope that the semester is going well for each and every one of you! Insha'Allah everyone has survived the midterms and assignments! As this semester is soon approaching a close, we hope you have enjoyed our events thus far and fret not as we still have more in store for you!

Upcoming Events to Look Forward To

QQC 2014

The Qira'atul Qur'an Competition is a unique event that focuses on Tajweed and memorization of the Qur'an. The purpose of this event is to better our relationship with the Qur'an. The chosen Surah for recitation is Surah Al-Mulk and there will be two sections: Beginner and Advanced. Participants can be asked to recite any part of the Surah. Please note that the event will be separate for sisters and brothers.

(NOTE: To earn maximum points, make it a goal to memorize the whole Surah).

Date: Thursday, November 20th
Time: Sisters from 6 to 7:30pm
Brothers from 8 to 9:30 pm
Location: MacKinnon 232

There will be a QQC Prep Session where the judges will be available for any help. The Prep session will take place on November 17th from 6 to 7 pm. Brother's prep session will take place in UC 333 and Sister's prep session will be in Raithby House Room 100.
Also, please take advantage of the Arabic/Tajweed classes that take place weekly at the University . Please check Islamic Development below for more details.

The deadline for registration is November 18th at 5pm. If you would like to compete in QQC, please fill out the registration form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eRjvbG1muOTtwQ7ynJMvFf4gx_GJkhfjQxQO8GG_4HI/viewform?c=0&w=1

There will be awesome prizes to be won such as a cash prize for the winning MSA, the winner will go on to represent our MSA in the inter-MSA QQC and get a chance to win a free Umrah trip, as well as the title of the QQC champion.

Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (SAW) said: Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Recap Of Past Events

Islam Awareness Week (IAW)

Jazak'Allah khayran to our IAW Director Hamna Syeda for organizing an amazing IAW! This year we changed things up a little and moved the event to the first semester. It was a week packed with activities as well as speakers. Our theme this year was the five pillars of Islam. We had the honour of having Imam Hosam Helal and Daood Butt come to our University and talk in detail about some of the pillars of Islam. In addition, Jazak'Allah khayran to Imam Sufyan for visiting us on a Friday and being an amazing support to our MSA. This year we decided to move out of the UC Courtyard to branch out to more areas. On Wednesday, we had our IAW event in front of the Raithby House Porch across from the cannon. Also, for the first time this year our team decided to reach people outside of the University. We had two groups of brothers and sisters volunteer at the Food Bank on Thursday. Finally, we also decided to host a Fast-a-Thon as part of the fasting pillar of Islam. Alhumdulillah it was a great event filled with reflections, questions and deep conversations. On Friday we had a sister take her Shahadah during the Jummah prayer. Please keep her and the team in your duas.

Eid Gala

First of all a big thank you goes out to everyone that came out and joined us for a night of celebration. It was truly heartwarming to see everyone in such high spirits gathered together under one roof and sharing a special night with guest speakers, a beautiful Qur'an recitation and not to forget our wonderful MC's that never failed to keep things lively. Another huge shoutout goes out to our amazing sponsors!! This night would not have been made possible without their generous support so be sure to check them out at the provided links below:


October Speaker Night


Who would have thought that we would be discussing the teachings of Yoda at the MSA's first Speaker Night held on October 9. "What will you find in the cave? Only what you take with you," is the phrase that Sheikh Usman Qamar started the night with. The topic of the Speaker Night was "The Introduction to the Study of Prophet Muhammad's Biography." Listening to the Sheikh was such a honor as his passion and love for Islam could be felt in the room. A reminder that we still hold Biweekly Halaqas, check out the Islamic Development section under Ongoing programs below for the timings!

Ongoing Programs

Islamic Development

Jumm'ah Prayer

Where: Room 103 - University Centre (UC) 1st floor

When: Every Friday starting at 1:30pm


Daily five prayers

Where: Chapel - University Centre (UC) 5th floor


**Remember the Wudu facility for both Brothers and Sisters is located in the UC Basement across from Peter Clark Hall (PCH)


Bi-weekly Halaqas

Topic: Tafseer of the last 10 Suras of the Quran

When: Every other Wednesday at 7:30pm (November 19th)

Where: MCKN 116


These bi-weekly Halaqas are going to be led by Imam Sufyan Insha'Allah and attendance is for both brothers and sisters. We hope to see you all there so don't forget to mark down your calendars!


Arabic & Tajweed Classes

The focus of these classes will be to improve our Arabic language and will extend to teach the rules of Tajweed in order to recite the Quran.


For Sisters:

Classes take place on Thursdays once a week from 6-7pm and there are 2 levels to attend:


Level 1

This is a beginner level class instructed by Lema Abu Rashed.

Location: MCKN 313


Level 2

This is an Intermediate level class instructed by Amatulraheem AbduAllah and will focus on learning the Tajweed rules for Quran recitation.

Location: MCKN 317


For Brothers:

Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Location: MCKN 119A

Social Events

Bi-weekly Social Hangouts (one for brothers and one for sisters):

The social hangouts are a great way for all muslims both on and off campus to get to know one another, connect and create long lasting friendships. Your MSA wants to strengthen the connection of its members to feel comfortable, happy and stress-free through various social events.


The social hangouts have returned starting the week of November 17th! More details will be posted soon so stay tuned to our Facebook page and your emails for additional details.


Sisters only swim

Where: Red pool located in the campus Athletic Centre

When: Every Friday at 8pm to 9pm


The ease of exercising or even releasing some pent up energy in a sister friendly atmosphere every Friday night!

MSA Team 2014/15

The MSA team is comprised of both executives and directors. For details on who is part the MSA team and how to get in touch with them, please click on the link below:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GzxY02wkfFenOP48BJoPZHW71CDnwCWvhA-Fc8cggRE/edit?usp=sharing

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Get Involved!

We have lots of activities planned for the year and we will need your help to make sure that it is a success. If you would like to volunteer with us, please email our volunteer Coordinator Chay Governor cgoverno@mail.uoguelph.ca