Meet the Team

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Tamim Faruk

President

Every community needs a center, and the MSA community should serve to center the Muslim community, unify it and connect the members with in it. I would like to uphold the mission of my predecessors and center the MSA such that its members are connected beautifully. As the Prophet salla Llahu alayhi was sallam said,

عن النعمان بن بشير رضي الله عنهما قال‏:‏ قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ مثل المؤمنين في توادهم وتراحمهم وتعاطفهم، مثل الجسد إذا اشتكى منه عضو تداعى له سائر الجسد بالسهر والحمى” ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

we need to uphold the infrastructure to make it a living reality.

Emad Ahmed

Education Officer

The MSA to me serves as a reminder of my faith when I’m at school. I think it is very easy for us as students to get caught up in the day to day grind of school and co-op which makes it hard to remember our primary duties as Muslims. Even something as routine and essential as Jumu’ah that we take for granted would not be possible without the immense amount of work done by the MSA in the past. I also see it as a great way to meet other Muslim people and learn from them, especially if you don’t have many Muslims within your program. The MSA also provides many resources for people to learn about Islam that they may never have had growing up. While university comes with a new level of independence, the MSA allows you to have that sense of community while still improving as a Muslim.

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Bilal Ejaz

VP Finance

As a second-year student, I had the opportunity to attend multiple events and get to know many people from the MSA my first year. Along with meeting like-minded individuals, I also got a very warm welcome to the university of waterloo. Being a part of the MSA has given me a home away from home and has thoroughly allowed me to engage in communal activities where we can pray and enjoy life together. As the VP of finance for MSA, I am able to actively indulge in problem-solving and budgeting activities where I can apply my undergraduate background to help me. As VP Finance I will do my best to ensure that all activities/ideas have an equal opportunity to be hosted.

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Khalid Radwan

VP Internal

I am currently a 2nd-year Computer Engineering student. It is an honor to be part of this team and I look forward to the work we will do for the community insA.

 وعن أبي ذر رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏:‏ ‏ “‏لا تحقرن من المعروف شيئاً، ولو أن تلقى أخاك بوجه طلق‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Do not disdain a good deed, (no matter how small it may seem) even if it is your meeting with your (Muslim) brother with a cheerful face.”

[Muslim].

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Sarah Masri

VP Externals

The very first MSA event I attended was a First Years dinner in 2015 and I started volunteering for the MSA when I was in my second year. Now that I’m in my last year at UW, I can’t help but reflect on all the wonderful things that the UW MSA has accomplished and the number of memories and friends I made as well. And each term, I’ve seen how much effort and dedication is being put in by the exec teams in everything that they do, which is how they have been able to organize such amazing and unforgettable events all these years.

As someone who had the most life-changing and empowering experience with the MSA in her undergrad, I want the same for each person who is starting their new life at UW, whether it’s by attending a lecture, volunteering at an event or being part of the exec team. For those who are interested but hesitant in getting involved in the MSA, I can tell you that it’s definitely challenging to balance school work and MSA, but knowing the amount of ‘ajr you’ll be receiving and attaining Allah (SWT)’s pleasure, it truly makes it all worth it at the end of the day.

Raneem Kindwai

VP Events

This is my first time getting involved with the MSA and I am extremely excited to be a part of this wonderful association. The MSA, as I know it is extremely helpful when it comes to a variety of things. The MSA has helped me get to know a lot of people, halal food joints and whatnot. The whole point of the MSA is to make sure everyone feels welcomed and feel like they’ve got family here at university.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nour Al-Hendi

VP Operations

This will be my second last term at the University of Waterloo and I would like to be part of something impactful before I leave. I had an eye-opening experience this past summer and felt a strong urge to get more involved in the Muslim community. Although I haven’t partaken in the MSA before, I have heard many great things about the MSA and I have seen how connected it allows people to be to one another. Being a part of the MSA will allow me to learn and further grow as a Muslim. I really wish I had attended the MSA events earlier on as I have seen how it’s affected people positively. Insh’Allah, my role as operations will allow me to help facilitate these events so that other people at Waterloo will have that chance to feel part of a warm and welcoming community. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,

عن أنس رضي الله عنه عن النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ “يسروا ولا تعسروا وبشروا ولا تنفروا ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏‏

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Make things easy and do not make them difficult, cheer the people up by conveying glad tidings to them and do not repulse (them).”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

It’s important that we make the time for everyone here at Waterloo easier as it can be very stressful at times so what better way to de-stress than by growing in dean and being part of an amazing and encouraging environment.