Meet the Team
Meet the MSA's team for the Winter 2023 term! May Allah ﷻ grant them strength in tending to the needs of the Muslim community of UW. May they preserve the inclusive space for students to create a sincere connection to our deen both on and off campus, may they maintain sincere intentions, and may they be rewarded immensely for their efforts. Allahumma ameen! 🤲🏻
To view our past leaders of MSA, view our Wall of Leaders.
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Beginning with Bismillah, proceeding with Praise, sending Salawat, we open new pages.
Being put in charge of leading the people, is a weighty responsibility of serving the community in reality. I don’t claim to be above advice nor error, so I sincerely look forward to the sincere advice of peers that echoes into action for the sake of our community.
Zayd ibn Thabit reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are three qualities by which malice cannot enter the heart of a Muslim: sincere deeds for Allah, sincere advice to the leader of (the Muslims), and keeping to the united community. Verily, their call to Islam is protected behind them.”
Source: al-Sunnah li-Ibn Abī ‘Āṣim 1087
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani
عَنْ زَيْدِ بْنِ ثَابِتٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثَلَاثُ خِصَالٍ لَا يُغِلُّ عَلَيْهِنَّ قَلْبُ مُسْلِمٍ إِخْلَاصُ الْعَمَلِ لِلَّهِ وَالنَّصِيحَةُ لِوُلَاةِ الْأَمْرِ وَلُزُومُ الْجَمَاعَةِ فَإِنَّ دَعْوَتَهُمْ تُحِيطُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِمْ
We are standing on the shoulders of giants, and numerous collaborators who work tirelessly in the dark. May Allah bless them for their efforts and put ease and comfort in every step of the journey that they encounter. And May Allah guide myself, first and foremost, the MSA team, and yourselves, to every goodness, and aid us in holding onto the Quran and Sunnah with confidence and unfaltering certainty.
Asalaamu Alaikum! My name is Anooshae and I am in my fourth year of Recreation and Leisure Studies. As VP Operations I work with WUSA to ensure that the MSA as a club is organized according to the WUSA rules, I book rooms for all our educational and social events, and I Oversee the Tech Team’s development of our website and App.
قُل لَّن يُصِيبَنَآ إِلَّا مَا كَتَبَ ٱللَّهُ لَنَا هُوَ مَوْلَىٰنَا ۚ وَعَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ
Say, “Nothing will ever befall us except what Allah has destined for us. He is our Protector.” So in Allah let the believers put their trust. [9:51]
I find this verse to be very reassuring as it reminds us that everything in our lives happens for a reason.
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Praise be to Allah. If there were a single word to describe the MSA at UWaterloo, it would be "Home." From the caring souls - to the beautiful smiles, I am grateful to be a part of such a blessed community that firmly strives upon the straight path. Alhamdulillah!
As VP of education, my team strives to provide you with the best Islamic facilities: from weekly halaqahs, to excellent jummahs, to inviting remarkable shaikhs right to our campus doors. If you ever see me roaming around campus (usually around the Musala), don't hesitate to come say Salaam, I'd love to get to know you a bit more!
"And those who were mindful of their Lord will be led to Paradise in ˹successive˺ groups. When they arrive at its ˹already˺ open gates, its keepers will say, “Peace be upon you! You have done well, so come in, to stay forever.” [Zumar ~ 73]
Assalamu Aleikum! My name is Labibah and I’m in my second year of Public health. As the VP internal, I oversee community relations, work with the internal team and advocate for the Muslim community. I also work with the MSA branch clubs such as OSP and IIC. The establishment of a safe community for Muslims to thrive and interact in is what I hope to help the MSA accomplish this year. I want to provide a safe space where members of our community may interact and learn from one another.
My favourite Ayah from the Qur'an is “So, surely with hardship comes ease” (Surah Al-Inshirah Ayah 5) This Ayah is beloved by many because it is simple and beautifully conveys the concept of struggle having an end that sets one free. I think it demonstrates Allah's compassion toward us and demonstrates that he is the one who can offer us both difficulty and ease. This Ayah is applicable to my duties to the MSA because, with Allah's assistance, I may provide our Ummah with the relief it needs from its troubles.
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Honoured and grateful to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى to be serving as your VP External this term, I believe it is a duty put upon me and the rest of the executive board to represent our Muslim ummah on campus as best as we can.
As VP External, I am responsible for all of our social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook, Discord and Whatsapp. I am also in charge of keeping our subscribers updated with our biweekly newsletters and responding to emails that are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, I oversee the marketing team that helps the face of the MSA to look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. From making posts, live streaming and photographing events, to video editing, the team does it all! May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى accept all of our sincere efforts.
قُل لَّئِنِ ٱجْتَمَعَتِ ٱلْإِنسُ وَٱلْجِنُّ عَلَىٰٓ أَن يَأْتُوا۟ بِمِثْلِ هَـٰذَا ٱلْقُرْءَانِ لَا يَأْتُونَ بِمِثْلِهِۦ وَلَوْ كَانَ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍۢ ظَهِيرًۭا
Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “If ˹all˺ humans and jinn were to come together to produce the equivalent of this Quran, they could not produce its equal, no matter how they supported each other.” [Al-Qur’an 17:88]
Assalamu a’alaykum everyone! My name is Yara Fahmy and I am in my second year of medicinal chemistry. My main role in the MSA is to plan, organize, and execute events with my events team. These events strive to serve as a way for students to fulfill their spiritual needs within an Islamic environment, with righteous company. My hope for this term is to create an inclusive environment where the average student can balance their academics, social life, and spirituality.
One of my favourite reminders in the Quran is in Surat Al Zukhruf, Ayah 67: “Close friends, that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous”. My main goal is to allow fellow Muslims to gather and benefit from each other’s company not only in this life, but the next.
Assalamu alaikum. As your Finance Advisor, I am responsible for overseeing all financial matters in the MSA.
Although my immediate responsibilities don't involve interacting with people, my goal is to foster a warm and inviting environment for students at the MSA. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
An ayah of the Qur'an which comes to my mind is when Allah (S.W.T) says “So flee to Allah, I am to you from him a clear warner”
- Surah Zhariyat 51:50.
Sheikh Belal Asad has a beautiful story/explanation on this ayah.
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