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The MSA has an essential role on campus in building an environment where Muslims not only exist, but rather have the chance to thrive. While those who came before me have done some good work to this end, many problems exist within the MSA and there is still great potential for growth. Muhammad Ali once said “service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”. Alhamdullilah solving problems is exactly what excites me, and I am honoured to have the opportunity this term to pay back my community with what I hope will be exceptional service inshaAlllah.
This will be my last term at UWaterloo and my last chance to become an exec. I still remember the first msa event i attended back in Fall 2014 when i was a miskeen frosh. They were selling halal burgers in the middle of campus for 3 dollars, the burger wasn’t that good but the company gave me a peace of mind; especially for an international student so far away from home. Since then I have been taking little part here and there in the MSA, volunteering, marketing etc.
Helping out the MSA has taught me valuable lessons, introduced me to wonderful human beings. I ask everyone to take time out and get involved with the community, it will increase the barakah in your time. Who wants to go to classes anyway pfft….. I will leave Waterloo this term but I will always be available to help out when needed. The MSA has been my family away from home. I hope to achieve great things with this exec team but I will always be most proud of the work i have done as the miskeen general volunteer all these terms ! Assalam u Alaikum
I thought the Fall 2018 term was my last term at UW, but because I didn’t have the chance to be popular and be an exec during my time, I decided to stick around and do my masters just so I could be an exec. Furthermore, I wanted to be an exec was so that I could take the opportunity of popularity and find myself a significant other!
By now you might be thinking that I have my own personal agenda on joining the team. But if you know me or have caught on to the sarcasm, you would conclude that I always wanted to do my masters and that I am married.
Alhumdulilah the MSA has been the place where I have connected and created a brotherhood with people that I will have an ever lasting friendship with InshAllah. To take it one step further, I wanted to dedicate my time giving back to the UWaterloo Muslim community and achieve milestones with the exec team. Based off my life currently, I have a masters that I need to focus on and a wife who I want (am forced..kidding) to spend time with. Regardless of this, I wanted to prioritize working in the path of Allah by helping the community and spreading the message of Islam.
Humbled to be serving my community, doing my best to be a good neighbor.
Aiming for Ihsan… not there yet.
I have no financial experience, nor do I want a career in finance lol. However, I feel like no matter how busy I get in my spiritual, educational, career, and social life, I still want to do something that’s related to the prophetic mission. One of the MSA’s continuing goals is to build an environment where Muslims can grow and nurture all aspects of their life. So I felt that if I could do something, no matter how insignificant (excel work/standing outside waiting for jummah collections) but still related to that goal, then it’d be worth it. It might feel small, but iA it’s grand in the eyes of Allah swt. Also, I get to hang out with Mohamed MOOOOUSSA, and some really inspiring people alhamdullilah. I can’t get enough of all the extraordinary people that I’ve met, so to be in their company can only bring even more goodness in my life!!
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said, “If the Resurrection were established upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, then let him plant it.”
Source: Musnad Aḥmad 12491
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani
I have never been an active participant with the UW MSA, during my time at Waterloo. Sometimes some of the senior students would ask me to help them setup and I would make myself available. That was mostly the extent of my involvement with MSA, tbh.
Then one day I got an email stating that I had been nominated for executive positions in the MSA, this caught me off guard but at the same time humbled me. It took me sometime to decide if I would be able to carry out the responsibilities faithfully – I legit waited till the last moment to accept my nomination. The main reason I accepted the nomination was that I could help the Muslim Ummah here at UW, gain valuable experiences and sawab as well. I just pray that I am able to do justice with the position that I have the opportunity to serve.
In the end, I am extremely humbled by having been elected to this position and I would like to thank Allah (SWT) and also all the people who believed in me.
I remember the first MSA event I ever attended was a first-years meet and greet in a small room in SLC. I had found out about it through the UW frosh FB group. At that point I had never been in SLC before (I practically live there now) and only came for the Turkish coffee. Coming from my high school, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many practicing Muslims there were. Then at the GBM, I was completely blown away at the amount of Muslims mashaAllah. And I specifically remember the execs introducing themselves at that event and wondering if I could ever be in that position one day. SubhanAllah, I had no idea that my wish would come true the very next semester. Somehow, thanks to Allah SWT, I got nominated and elected for Public Relations Officer.
In the MSA community here, I honestly felt more comfortable and at ease in the four short months of my first semester of undergrad compared to any other group of people throughout all my years of school. That’s why I attended practically every event last semester; I just really loved the atmosphere and the company. I really hope that with my role, I can help make sure the MSA stays a welcoming community and that I can help others feel the way I did when I first arrived, insha’Allah. And also hopefully InshaAllah help Suleman bhai feel like he’s leaving the MSA marketing in good hands when he leaves UW lol