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

VP Education

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.

Neha Hussaini

VP Finance

Alhamdulillah, this is my third term serving as an exec for the MSA. I continue to come back as the MSA provides Muslims a space to meet like-minded others, to grow in their religion, and to have a safe space where discussions can take place with others who may be facing similar issues in the community. It is a continuous reminder of God, and the good one can do for the community.

 

عن أبو ذر رحمه الله: قال لي النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم‏:‏ ‏ “‏ لا تحقرن من المعروف شيئاً ولو أن تلقى أخاك بوجهٍ طليق‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Do not belittle any good deed, even meeting your brother (Muslim) with a cheerful face”. [Muslim].

Samatar Abukar

VP Internal

Throughout my time in UW, I’ve been through a lot of phases and ended up in places I would not expect, but out of all the ups and downs of school, the MSA has remained constant. In my first year, the MSA provided me with a way to get to know the Muslims around campus and surround myself with good company. The MSA events through the years have genuinely impacted my life and had an effect on my relations with people and Allah. I know I am not speaking for myself alone when I say the MSA has provided me with a community on campus where I belong and want to grow with. In a time where Muslim’s all around the world are under persecution, it is especially important that we improve ourselves and come together as a community. Now that I am nearing the end of my University journey, I can honestly say the MSA has done just that and will continue to do so InshaAllah.

Maha Rizvi

VP Externals

As a fourth year student, I have attended many events hosted by the MSA and have made some solid friendships and connections because of them. It is one of the largest student institutions on campus, and we all see the profound impacts that the MSA has on Muslim students first-hand through its numerous initiatives – especially by creating a whole community dynamic. To me, the MSA also acts as a constant reminder of one’s deen amidst the chaos that comes with university, and that in itself is invaluable.

 

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)

Usman Syed

VP Events

When I came to the University of Waterloo back in 2015, I would go out of my way to avoid the MSA and anything that had to do it with it. I came in with the preconceived notion that many of the MSA members would be too religious for me to talk to or that they’d be too judgmental for me to ever relate to (I also assumed the MSA was just a place that Muslims came to get married bc it would give them an excuse to work with the opposite gender).

 

As the terms have passed however, I’ve happily come to realize how mistaken I was. Many of the closest friends I’ve made have been heavily involved with the MSA throughout the years and through their companionship, I’ve come to realize how immature I was for preemptively attaching labels to a group of people that I hadn’t even taken the opportunity to get to know. The inclusivity, empathy, and kindness shown by many members of this community have helped me grow into a better person and get closer to my religion as a whole (I now understand like half of the random Arabic terms that the person giving the khutbah sprinkles into their sentences during jummah).

 

I hope to be able to impart even a fraction of the benefit I’ve received from the MSA and the people in it unto others this term. One of the main things I hope to accomplish under the VP Events role is to reach out and make people that don’t generally identify with the MSA feel more welcome at events and in the community as a whole. I hope and pray that this term we may all be able to come together, grow closer, and spread goodness unto others for the sake of Allah (SAW).

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.