Meet the Team

General Email: execs@uwmsa.com
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Samah Abid

President


About me: Salaam alaykum! I’m in my third year of studying Urban Planning. To sum up most of my interests, I enjoy seeking worldly and religious knowledge. Other than that, I’m also an artist and enjoy playing a variety of sports.

Why I joined MSA: I joined MSA because I strongly believe that as Muslims we’re obligated to use our personal assets to benefit others and serve the community. I’ve been involved for 3 years now and I want to use that experience to help address the consistent structural and functional issues I’ve noticed within the MSA. I look forward to working with this exec team to create an even more welcoming, fun, and spiritually replenishing environment for the UW-MSA, insha Allah.

Words of wisdom: “If not you, who? If not now, when?”

Amhar Hira

Vice President Brothers

1) My name is Amhar and I am currently in my 3B term, studying Biotechnology/Economics.

 

2) I joined the MSA to make a positive impact on the lives of students here at UW. I’ve received great support from the MSA since first year and I think this opportunity provides me a chance to give that same or even better experience to others.

 

3) It never hurts to ask. If you are going through anything or have any questions (no question is dumb), feel free to reach out to me via Facebook or Email

Aisha Jamal

Vice President Sisters


About me: Asalamu alaikum! My name is Aisha and I am a 3rd year Health Studies student. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy volunteering at the local hospital, decorating cakes, and spending time with family and friends. I love meeting new people, so if you ever have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk in general, message me– and if you see me on campus make sure to say Salam!

Why did you join the MSA?
I’ve been a part of the MSA since first year. Whether it was volunteering for Orphan Sponsorship bake sales, helping with Islamic Awareness Week, planning for the End of Term dinners, or becoming First Years Lead; I always tried to keep myself connected with the MSA. I joined the MSA because I knew the MSA community could help me find and build connections with amazing people, share my university experience with, and yet be immersed in an atmosphere with the shared purpose of pleasing Allah. Since I am on co-op this term and have more time to dedicate to the MSA, I decided to take on and step into a bigger responsibility through the role of VP sisters. My goal is to reach out to as many people as possible, and connect and strengthen the Muslim community on campus while simultaneously creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

Words of Wisdom:

Never give up. Strive for the best. Always believe in yourself. And remember لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا “Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” (2:286).

Hashem Abdi

Education Officer

1) I am 3B environment resource science who has been involved in Muslim organizations since middle school and have always strived to be apart of anything that I thought could help me grow spiritually and personally

2) I have been involved with the MSA since my first year at the university and I have always been vocal about what I think should be done a certain way and I was fortunate enough to have senior members that took my opinions and actually implemented some and that made me even more inclined to put my all into being an MSA exec

3) everything is by your intention, so start with why you are doing something and constantly remind yourself why you are doing it. That way Allah will always put barakah in what you are doing and you can be rewarded for it in the hereafter

Mona Qutub

Secretary


My name is Mona Qutub and I’m in my 4A of Health Studies in the co-op program. I’m interested in Public Health and hope to focus my career in this field.
My past involvements on campus include volunteering as an orientation week leader with AHS and FEDS, volunteering as a peer mentor in AHS, and volunteering with the MSA during Ramadan. Currently I work as a student ambassador at the visitor’s centre where I give tours to prospective students. These roles have made me aware of the available student services and resources on campus and feel a sense of connection to the UW community.

I joined the MSA because I hope to be the friend to someone that I had when I came to UW. I immediately felt welcomed by everyone and got to build some of my closest friends in the MSA. I hope to build a connection with students and help plan events and opportunities for muslim students on campus to get to know one another. At the end of the day, university is what we make it and good friends are what make it great.

One thing that I’ve learned along the way is to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you told my high school self that I will be leading campus tours at UW to large groups of students and guests, I would never have believed you. This role was definitely outside my comfort zone but I feel like that’s what I needed to help me learn about myself overall. If everything came easy to us, nothing really would be worth it. But the most important part about all of this is to cheer yourself on and be yourself’s best friend. Know that Allah SWT has put you here for a reason and that no matter what circumstance gets thrown our way, there are so many people who would do anything to take our spots. And although we can’t always see it, any obstacle that comes our way is a blessing alhamdullilah. Surround yourself by those who bring you up and be that friend that you need and someone else needs too.

Najji Abid

Treasurer


1:Salaaam I’m Najji , in my second year of Accounting and Financial Management. I like to pretend that I’m actually interesting, but I don’t have any cool hobbies.
FUN FACT: I’m one of the few brown boys that don’t run ball.

2: I joined the MSA to get more people involved and to expand our total reach. I want to see more Muslims and non-Muslims alike, regardless of their spiritual level.

3: Accept all the hardships you face. Don’t focus on making life easier, focus on being stronger instead.

Sarah Masri

Public Relations Officer


About me: Assalamu alaykom everyone! My name is Sarah and I’m currently in my 3B term, studying sociology and minoring in management studies.

Why did you join the MSA: The MSA has been a really big part of my life ever since I started university. When I went to the various events that the exec team at the time was hosting, I immediately felt welcomed and I got to make some of the most wonderful memories alongside amazing people. I joined the MSA so that I can keep hosting events and creating a welcoming environment for all Muslim students on-campus so that they get to create those wonderful memories.

Words of wisdom: when going through hardship or the dunya is bringing you down, always remember this wonderful ayah in Surat Al-Tawbah: “Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us” [9:40].