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Leyla Fayaz


Community is often people’s safe haven. When a community revolves around religion, it manifests in beautiful ways, and impacts many through unexpected avenues. It serves as a reminder of our faith in this very distracting world, a place to meet like-minded people, and most importantly a way to grow closer to Allah ﷻ and our Beloved Messenger ﷺ.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “The similitude of good company and that of bad company is that of the owner of musk and of the one (iron-smith) blowing bellows, and the owner of musk, if you don’t get anything you will smell of its pleasant odour, and so far as one who blows the bellows is concerned, he would either burn your clothes or you shall have to smell its repugnant smell.” [Sahih Muslim]

عن أبي موسى الأشعري رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏ “‏إنما مثل الجليس الصالح وجليس السوء، كحامل المسك، ونافخ الكير، فحامل المسك، إما أن يحذيك، وإما أن تبتاع منه، وإما أن تجد منه ريحًا طيبة، ونافخ الكير، إما أن يحرق ثيابك ، وإما أن تجد منه ريحًا منتنة‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏

During these trying times, it will be our focus to maintain that sense of community, virtually, and inshAllah foster good company amongst our new first years.



Tayyaab Tanveer

VP Education

In the past, I have helped the MSA with events, Jumu’ah planning, Taraweeh and more in an informal role. This term, with the help of our team, I would like to take on a formal role and help set up beneficial educational programs for the UWMSA community.


Saadia Gul

VP Finance

“The MSA at the University of Waterloo has been a space for students to come together and connect with students across campus who come from different backgrounds and walks of life, but share one common interest; Islam. The importance of keeping good company has been emphasized by our Prophet (pbuh).

The messenger of Allah (swt) said; “A person is on the religion of his companions. Therefore let every one of you carefully consider the company he keeps.” [Tirmidhi]

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ الرَّجُلُ عَلَى دِينِ خَلِيلِهِ فَلْيَنْظُرْ أَحَدُكُمْ مَنْ يُخَالِلُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏  حسن   (الألباني)


I have found that the MSA has been able to foster an environment in which students are able to build lasting relationships with like-minded individuals who help one another attain closeness to Allah.


Gabriella Zepeda-ayala

VP Internal



My name is Gabriella and I am excited to be serving the MSA as the VP Internal for a second term. As VP Internal I will be the liaison between the executive team and our subteams as well as a support for our president. However, especially in these circumstances, I expect to play a very dynamic role in order to attend to the needs of our community and of the MSA team. I hope to capitalize on our new partnership with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) as the UW Campus Liaison. InshaAllah this partnership will only grow stronger in order to ensure that our UW Muslim community has the support of this national Muslim advocacy group. For more information about NCCM check out the following links:

Mobarak Mondal

VP Externals

Coming into university, I had no idea what MSA was until a very dear friend dragged me into the general body meeting. I was astonished by how well-knit and welcoming the community was, and in that moment, I knew this is where I belonged. I had the pleasure to meet and network with some of the kindest and most sincere people I’ve met during my first-year experience. The love, care, and support of this community is immeasurable, and truly I couldn’t have asked for a better place to learn and grow, all for the sake of Allah (SWT). I hope to keep exploring and fostering my Muslim identity through the MSA and inshallah to also help others do the same.


عَنْ أَبِي مُوسَى ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ الْمُؤْمِنُ لِلْمُؤْمِنِ كَالْبُنْيَانِ يَشُدُّ بَعْضُهُ بَعْضًا ‏”‏‏.‏ وَشَبَّكَ بَيْنَ أَصَابِعِهِ‏.‏

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A believer to another believer is like a building whose different parts enforce each other.” The Prophet then clasped his hands with the fingers interlaced while saying that.” (Bukhari)


Delal Estanbouly

VP Events

Asalamu Alaykum, my name is Delal Estanbouly. I will be VP Events for this term inshallah. I am currently in my 2B term in Health Studies and I look forward to a good semester inshallah. I am excited to work with the MSA team to plan events for the community despite being limited to online activities due to the pandemic. Inshallah, we can all work together to make this term’s events fun and bring the community together.


Aaiza Khalid

VP Operations

Salams my name is Aaiza and I’m in 3A Systems Design Engineering. I’m the VP of operations this term and as part of my role, I will ensure all the events we run are carried out smoothly by taking care of the logistics. Though this pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, I strongly believe that by utilizing the (virtual) resources that we have, we can still make the most out of this time. As Muslims but more importantly, as human beings, we can display empathy by reaching out to people that we know might need a listening ear. And being part of the MSA, though we might not be physically there to support you, know that we are all a text away so if you ever need someone to hear you out, don’t hesitate to reach out. As a team, we will ensure that we are here to support each other and when we go back to campus again, we will feel an even stronger sense of community inshaAllah.