Muslim Students Association
at Virginia Commonwealth University

Jan
15
AOA Everyone!
Insha’Allah we’ll have some new updates for you soon. For now, welcome back! We hope you are getting settled in and returning to the school routine.
One main activity we are up to these days is updating our contact and messaging system. Many of you may have received the following email in your inboxes, or a similar message on your phones. If you haven’t, then we have the wrong contact info for you (our bad!) and we urge you to send us the corrected info via email.
::The message::
As many of you have probably noticed, last semester we had some difficulty with our emails. The MSA at VCU apologizes for the inefficiency of our email system and any inconveniences it may have caused you. We are sorry if you have been receiving messages and you do not want to do so or that do no pertain to you. Therefore, we are sending this final message out before we completely revamp our emailing system to better serve our community.
If you would like to be removed from any or all MSA contact services please reply to this message with the word ‘Remove’ along with the email address(es) and/or the texting number you no longer want associated with us.
If you would like to be added or remain on our contact lists, then please reply with the following information:
–Name, Gender, Email Address
–Phone # and Carrier, if you would like to be a part of our mass-text program. A reminder, we cannot send texts to smartphone applications such as TextPlus, TextNow, TextFree, etc.
–Any other information you would like for us to know. Suggestions, criticisms, feedback, and ideas are all welcome.
::
Other than that, we are in the midst of doing our best to plan more and better events this semester. See you soon!
Oct
19
Due to Reading Days,  Jummah will NOT be held on the Monroe Par campus this week. Those wishing to attend Jummah prayer can go to the Chapel in the Gateway Building at MCV. The Campus Connector goes to Sanger Hall. Go to http://www.maps.vcu.edu/mcv/gatewaybldg/index.html for further directions. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at vcumsa@gmail.com or contact any of our members.
 
Education-
 
Surat al-Kahf Readings this Jummah
Meet before Jummah at the Commons interfaith room at 12:12
Following Jummah, we will continue the readings in the Jummah prayer room.
 
Events to look forward to:
– ROOTs, Wednesday, October 17th. 7-9pm. forum rooms.
 
In need of:
– A second-Jumm’ah khateeb. If anyone is willing to present the khutbah and lead the prayer, please contact Waleed Ilyas (contact info below)
– ROOTs speakers. Anyone willing to share/present a topic to the MSA/community? 
 
For questions or information, contact Waleed Ilyas: wilyas2@vcu.edu1.413.728.0773.
 
Socials-
 
Brothers/Sisters Fall 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament– We would like to thank EVERYONE who came out last Friday! Thank you  for making it such a huge hit!
 
Sisters Social-A semesterly event where all the girls can finally let loose and PARTY! There will be lots of dancing, performances, and food, so come on out, get dressed and let’s have fun, ladies! This semester, Sisters Social will take place on Saturday, November 3, at 7:00pm in the Virginia Rooms.
 
Big Brother/Sister and Little Brother/Sister– We finally have matched up Big and Little Siblings! Check out your matches below. If for some reason you cannot find yourself, or are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us, as we did have a few errors with some names. We will be having Sibling Events soon where Siblings can meet each other and get contact information.
 
Brothers
Big Little
Hassan Baig Rehman
Abdulwahab Hasan Ahmed
Danial Rashid Hamdi Abdeen
Abdul Salam Almadami Fawaz Alobaid
Abdul Salam Almadami Mohamed Diomande
Faisal Ilyas Abdu
Mohamed Thariq Mohammed Alotaibi
Abdulrahman Khashabi Said Zia
Ahad Sheikh Kalifa Alkaabi
Abdulrahman Alnefaie Suhail
Hussein Mualla Fahad Rahman
Mohammed Khan Adam Abdelsalam
Noor Krajah Abdullah
Shafiq Hashimi Muqeet Shahid
Wahab Syed Usman Chaudhry
Hamza Riaz Sohaib Abbasi
Hasen Alghamdi Ali K. Ahmed
Maaz Taimur Mahmood
Mazen Gouda Sami Negash
Sagi Elhassan Saim Mustafa
Amir Elsayed Azhar Bashir
Ahmed Elnasseh Mohammed Hrban
Raheel Ahmed Omar Ahmed
Sadiq Ja’afar Saghar Qadir
Ayyaz Amjad Umair Khan
Bassam Aljabr Mohammad Baniissa
Mohamed Ibrahim Bilal Damaj
Salauldin Mudather Fasih Nooran
Bandar Albalbisi Nosier Albarakati
Honnain Ahmad Mo Iftbkhat Hossain
Huzaifa Khan Shahroz Daud
Sohaib Akhter Omar Mohamed
Imran Khatri Waleed Ilyas
Sisters
Big Little
Iman Safiyyah Abdul Malik
Hadia Sarwari Samah Mohamed
Hira Qadir Rabia Shamim
Yusra Islam Sana Gihawi
Ayesha Shakeel Somi Amir
Radwa Tamara Haque
Bismah Ahmed Gullnar
Zohra Khan Lauren Hippert
Tibyan Mohamed Reem Basit
Soraiya Thura Faisa Ali
Ruqayyah Daud Arwa Ansari
Amena Chaudhri Noor Shubar Ali
Anisha Khan Mona Elsayed
Mehreen Sadaf Khalid Haseena Ali
 
 
Community Service-
 
Project Downtown will take place immediately after Jummah. We will make lunches for the homeless in Monroe Park at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (follow the PD Team from Jummah), located next to the Commons. From there, we will distribute the lunches in Monroe Park. The whole program should only take about an hour.
 
 
Congregation (Jamaat) Prayer Timing and Location:
Fajr: MEET in front of the Cabell Library at 6:20AM
Dhuhr: common- 1pm
Asr: commons- 4.15pm
Maghrib: commons- 6.40pm
Isha: commons- 8.10pm
 
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Umar (Radi Allah Anhu): Allah’s Apostle (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty seven times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”
 
 
Prayer Timings for October 14th – 20th
 
Date Day Fajr Sunrise Dhuhr Asr Maghrib Isha
14 Sun 6:07 7:17 12:56 4:05 6:34 7:45
15 Mon 6:08 7:18 12:56 4:04 6:32 7:44
16 Tue 6:09 7:19 12:56 4:03 6:31 7:43
17 Wed 6:10 7:20 12:56 4:02 6:30 7:42
18 Thu 6:11 7:21 12:55 4:01 6:28 7:40
19 Fri 6:11 7:22 12:55 3:59 6:27 7:39
20 Sat 6:12 7:23 12:55 3:58 6:26 7:38
 
 
It is reported on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that ‘there is no god but Allah’, and he who professed it was guaranteed the protection of his property and life on my behalf except for the right affairs rest with Allah.”
[Muslim].
Sep
26
1 Bedroom/bathroom, 20 minutes from campus, $300 a month (includes utilities).
Muslim female homeowner looking to rent spare bedroom to Muslim female undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate. Homeowner is a clean non-smoker, and home is located in safe, quiet neighborhood close to highway. Rent will include utilities, wireless internet, full bathroom, living room, and kitchen access. Please contact Maab Ibrahim at 804-938-3777 or maabibrahim@gmail.com for more details.
Apr
24

For the week of 4/22/2012–4/28/2012

Asalaamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters!

Weekly events:
*Sisters’ Qur’an Class: Tuesday, April 24, from 7:00-8:00pm in the Metro Room.
*Weekly Halaqa: LAST ONE THIS WEDNESDAY! 5:00-6:00pm in the Forum Room. Come on out for the closing event of the semester!
*Ju’muah Prayer: Friday 1:00-2:00pm in Virigina Rooms A-D, and then AGAIN AT 2:15pm. Brothers, please leave your coats, bags and shoes in VA Room D and enter through VA Room B. Sisters, please enter through VA Room A and leave your coats, bags and shoes in the corner/alcove by the door. Contact Br. Ali Salman (asalman@vcu.edu) with any questions.

*Project Downtown: will beheld after the first Jummah, around 2:30pm at the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) to make for and then distribute food to the homeless in Monroe Park. Contact Contact Shezad Sadiq (sadiqs@mymail.vcu.edu)
with any questions.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events:
*ROOTS: is over for this semester. Jazakallah Khair to all who participated in our new event. Insha’Allah we hope we’ll see you in the fall!

Apr
16

For the week of 4/15/2012–4/21/2012

Asalaamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters!

IT’S ISLAMIC AWARENESS WEEK!!

Monday 4/16: Islamic Jeopardy, Commons Theater, 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 4/18: Islamic Awareness Week FESTIVAL! Come and learn about Islam in the Richmond Salons, 12:00pm-4:00pm. PLUS Henna tattoos from 3:00-4:00pm by the commons theater. Henna costs $5 per side/$10 per hand.
Friday 4/20: Hijab Awareness Day, 11:00am-100pm in the Commons. Come and try on a scarf for awhile. Tell us what you think!

Weekly events:
*Sisters’ Qur’an Class: Tuesday, April 17, from 7:00-8:00pm in the Metro Room.
*Ju’muah Prayer: Friday 1:00-2:00pm in Virigina Rooms A-D, and then AGAIN AT 2:15pm. Brothers, please leave your coats, bags and shoes in VA Room D and enter through VA Room B. Sisters, please enter through VA Room A and leave your coats, bags and shoes in the corner/alcove by the door. Contact Br. Ali Salman (asalman@vcu.edu) with any questions.

*Project Downtown: will beheld after the first Jummah, around 2:30pm at the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) to make for and then distribute food to the homeless in Monroe Park. Contact Contact Shezad Sadiq (sadiqs@mymail.vcu.edu)
with any questions.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events:
*Thank you to all who came out to the picnic this past Friday. Congratulations to those who received superlatives and OUR NEW EXEC BOARD!
*ROOTS: is over for this semester. Jazakallah Khair to all who participated in our new event. Insha’Allah we hope we’ll see you in the fall!

Apr
09

For the week of 4/8/2012–4/14/2012

Asalaamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters!

ISLAMIC AWARENESS WEEK IS COMING UP!!!

Every spring, universities and colleges across America showcase Islam, it’s various facets, and unique elements via Islamic Awareness Week (IAW). This year’s events will be held on April 16-20, 2012. VCU MSA will be inviting speakers, hosting fun games, and doing our part to share our Muslim beliefs and culture with the general public. If you would like to help out as a volunteer or otherwise, please contact the MSA at vcumsa@gmail.com, or contact Sr. Ruqayyah Daud (daudrs@vcu.edu).

*Sisters’ Qur’an Class: Tuesday, April 10, from 7:00-8:00pm in the Metro Room.
*Brothers’ Qur’an Class: CANCELLLED THIS WEEK.
*Ju’muah Prayer: Friday 1:00-2:00pm in Virigina Rooms A-D, and then AGAIN AT 2:15pm. Brothers, please leave your coats, bags and shoes in VA Room D and enter through VA Room B. Sisters, please enter through VA Room A and leave your coats, bags and shoes in the corner/alcove by the door. Contact Br. Ali Salman (asalman@vcu.edu) with any questions.

*Project Downtown: CANCELLED THIS WEEK BECAUSE OF THE PICNIC! Contact Contact Shezad Sadiq (sadiqs@mymail.vcu.edu)
with any questions.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events:
*MSA END OF THE YEAR PICNIC!!! 3:00-6:00pm at Bryan Park (4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA) . Come over for food (hotdogs, burgers), fun and games! Election results will be announced at the picnic, too.
*ROOTS: Our next roots will be held on THIS Thursday, April 12, from 6:00-8:00pm in the Commons Theater insha’Allah! The next ROOTS will be on on Friday, April 27, 7:00-9:00pm in Hibbs 303.
*MSA Shura is selling DONUTS! If you’d like to by some for $7/dozen (that’s less than a dollar a donut!), contact any Shura member. Check out the Meet the Officers Page  for contact info.

Apr
01

For the week of 4/2/2012–4/7/2012

Asalaamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters!

Fellow VCU student, Summer Khalil, is doing a project on Muslim Women and fashion. She sent us the following description about her project: “Our project on Muslim Woman and fashion will be a documentary film about young Muslim women that attend and teach at VCU, and how their religion incorporates within their dress. A center focus of the documentary will be excerpts from the Quran that deal with how women should dress and behave in public. These young women will be questioned about their interpretation of their religion and these various excerpts. The documentary will also focus on different aspects of Muslim dress, like the Hijab and the Burqa and why certain women at VCU choose to wear it or not.  In addition to these women at VCU, We are looking For Female and Male participants that are willing to participate in the making of the documentary. The project due date is April 24 2012. If members are in interested please respond with you name, and contact information. We appreciate your time and cant wait to hear for you!” If anyone wants to help her, please contact her at (khalils3@vcu.edu)

Weekly events:
*Sisters’ Qur’an Class: Tuesday, April 3, from 7:00-8:00pm in the Metro Room.
*Brothers’ Qur’an Class: Monday, March 26, from 8:00-9:00pm in the Commons Underground.
*Ju’muah Prayer: Friday 1:00-2:00pm in Virigina Rooms A-D, and then AGAIN AT 2:15pm. Brothers, please leave your coats, bags and shoes in VA Room D and enter through VA Room B. Sisters, please enter through VA Room A and leave your coats, bags and shoes in the corner/alcove by the door. Contact Br. Ali Salman (asalman@vcu.edu) with any questions.

*Project Downtown: will beheld after the first Jummah, around 2:30pm at the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) to make for and then distribute food to the homeless in Monroe Park. Contact Contact Shezad Sadiq (sadiqs@mymail.vcu.edu)
with any questions.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events:
*MSA ELECTIONS & GENERAL BODY MEETING: This Thursday, April 5, from 6:00-8:00pm in the Forum Room! Come on out and help shape next year’s MSA experience!
*ROOTS: Our next roots will be held on THIS Tuesday, April 3, from 7:00-9:00pm in the Commons Theater insha’Allah! Based on the overwhelming response we’ve recieved from everyone, we will be having another ROOTS on Thursday, April 12, 6:00-8:00pm in the Commons Theater and Friday, April 27, 7:00-9:00pm in Hibbs 303.

Mar
26

For the week of 3/26/2012–4/1/2012

Asalaamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters!

Fellow VCU student, Summer Khalil, is doing a project on Muslim Women and fashion. She sent us the following description about her project: “Our project on Muslim Woman and fashion will be a documentary film about young Muslim women that attend and teach at VCU, and how their religion incorporates within their dress. A center focus of the documentary will be excerpts from the Quran that deal with how women should dress and behave in public. These young women will be questioned about their interpretation of their religion and these various excerpts. The documentary will also focus on different aspects of Muslim dress, like the Hijab and the Burqa and why certain women at VCU choose to wear it or not.  In addition to these women at VCU, We are looking For Female and Male participants that are willing to participate in the making of the documentary. The project due date is April 24 2012. If members are in interested please respond with you name, and contact information. We appreciate your time and cant wait to hear for you!” If anyone wants to help her, please contact her at (khalils3@vcu.edu)

Weekly events:
*Sisters’ Qur’an Class: Thursday, March 29, from 7:00-8:00pm in Library Room 152.
*Brothers’ Qur’an Class: Monday, March 26, from 8:00-9:00pm in the Commons Underground.
*Ju’muah Prayer: Friday 1:00-2:00pm in Virigina Rooms A-D, and then AGAIN AT 2:15pm. Brothers, please leave your coats, bags and shoes in VA Room D and enter through VA Room B. Sisters, please enter through VA Room A and leave your coats, bags and shoes in the corner/alcove by the door. Contact Br. Ali Salman (asalman@vcu.edu) with any questions.

*Project Downtown: will beheld after Jummah, around 2:30pm at the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) to make for and then distribute food to the homeless in Monroe Park. Contact Contact Shezad Sadiq (sadiqs@mymail.vcu.edu)
with any questions.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events:
*Thank you to everyone who came out to Coffeehouse! You made it a great success! Hope to see you next year!
*ROOTS: Our next roots will be held on Tuesday, April 3, from 7:00-9:00pm in the Commons Theater insha’Allah! And, based on the overwhelming response we’ve recieved from everyone, we will be having another ROOTS on Thursday, April 12, 6:00-8:00pm in the Commons Theater and Friday, April 27, 7:00-9:00pm in Hibbs 303.

*It’s that time of year again! Time for elections for next year! Come on out to the Forum Room on Thursday, April 5, 6:00-8:00pm to vote for next year’s Executive Board!

Mar
19

For the week of 3/18/2012–3/24/2012

Asalaamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters!

VCU MSA is looking for an Arabic teacher. If you are or know someone who is good in Arabic and can teach for about an hour a week, please let us know! We’d like to start Arabic classes for our members. Please contact Sr. Ruqayyah Daud (daudrs@vcu.edu) for details, questions or concerns.

Fellow VCU student, Summer Khalil, is doing a project on Muslim Women and fashion. She sent us the following description about her project: “Our project on Muslim Woman and fashion will be a documentary film about young Muslim women that attend and teach at VCU, and how their religion incorporates within their dress. A center focus of the documentary will be excerpts from the Quran that deal with how women should dress and behave in public. These young women will be questioned about their interpretation of their religion and these various excerpts. The documentary will also focus on different aspects of Muslim dress, like the Hijab and the Burqa and why certain women at VCU choose to wear it or not.  In addition to these women at VCU, We are looking For Female and Male participants that are willing to participate in the making of the documentary. The project due date is April 24 2012. If members are in interested please respond with you name, and contact information. We appreciate your time and cant wait to hear for you!” If anyone wants to help her, please contact her at (khalils3@vcu.edu)

VCU MSA has a texting program! If you would like to receive text reminders from MSA, please email your name, phone number, and your phone carrier (this is important!) to vcumsa@gmail.com. We will text you before events. If you use a specific application on your iPod/smartphone, then email us the name of the app. We will try to incorporate apps, but so far, apps have not been working well with the program we use.

Weekly events:
*Sisters’ Qur’an Class: Cancelled this week.
*Brothers’ Qur’an Class: Cancelled this week.
*Ju’muah Prayer: Friday 1:00-2:00pm in Virigina Rooms A-D, and then AGAIN AT 2:15pm. Brothers, please leave your coats, bags and shoes in VA Room D and enter through VA Room B. Sisters, please enter through VA Room A and leave your coats, bags and shoes in the corner/alcove by the door. Contact Br. Ali Salman (asalman@vcu.edu) with any questions.

*Project Downtown: will beheld after Jummah, around 2:30pm at the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) to make for and then distribute food to the homeless in Monroe Park. Contact Contact Shezad Sadiq (sadiqs@mymail.vcu.edu)
with any questions.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events:
*Coffeehouse IS THIS FRIDAY March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Commonwealth Ballroom. This is free and open to the public,this year is the AGE OF THE ABSURD. If you have any questions/concerns please contact Sr. Zain Taib (taibzk@vcu.edu)
*The MSA Sisters are having an Ice Cream Social this Wednesday, March 21, from 8:00-9:00pm in the Metro Room, come on out, ladies!

Mar
05

For the week of 3/5/2012–3/10/2012

Asalaamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters!

VCU MSA is looking for an Arabic teacher. If you are or know someone who is good in Arabic and can teach for about an hour a week, please let us know! We’d like to start Arabic classes for our members. Please contact Sr. Ruqayyah Daud (daudrs@vcu.edu) for details, questions or concerns.

Fellow VCU student, Summer Khalil, is doing a project on Muslim Women and fashion. She sent us the following description about her project: “Our project on Muslim Woman and fashion will be a documentary film about young Muslim women that attend and teach at VCU, and how their religion incorporates within their dress. A center focus of the documentary will be excerpts from the Quran that deal with how women should dress and behave in public. These young women will be questioned about their interpretation of their religion and these various excerpts. The documentary will also focus on different aspects of Muslim dress, like the Hijab and the Burqa and why certain women at VCU choose to wear it or not.  In addition to these women at VCU, We are looking For Female and Male participants that are willing to participate in the making of the documentary. The project due date is April 24 2012. If members are in interested please respond with you name, and contact information. We appreciate your time and cant wait to hear for you!” If anyone wants to help her, please contact her at (khalils3@vcu.edu)

VCU MSA has a texting program! If you would like to receive text reminders from MSA, please email your name, phone number, and your phone carrier (this is important!) to vcumsa@gmail.com. We will text you before events. If you use a specific application on your iPod/smartphone, then email us the name of the app. We will try to incorporate apps, but so far, apps have not been working well with the program we use.

Weekly events:
*Sisters’ Qur’an Class: Cancelled. See you after the break!
*Weekly Halaqa: Cancelled. See you after the break!
*Brothers’ Qur’an Class: Monday, March 5, 8-9pm on the Commons Grounds/Basement of Commons
*Ju’muah Prayer: Friday 1:00-2:00pm in Virigina Rooms A-D, and then AGAIN AT 2:15pm. Brothers, please leave your coats, bags and shoes in VA Room D and enter through VA Room B. Sisters, please enter through VA Room A and leave your coats, bags and shoes in the corner/alcove by the door. Contact Br. Ali Salman (asalman@vcu.edu) with any questions.

*Project Downtown: will beheld after Jummah, around 2:30pm at the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) to make for and then distribute food to the homeless in Monroe Park. Contact Sr. Hadja with any questions.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events:
*ROOTS: We have our next ROOTS event on next Tuesday, March 6! If you are interested in helping out, please email Sr. Daud (daudrs@vcu.edu).  Sr. Nourhan Sha’aban and Rafik Shoorbajee will be talking about the Signs of the Day of Judgement.
*Coffeehouse will take place March 23rd this year. Every year MSA host Coffeehouse. This is a talent show that people can perform, sing, say poetry, or show artwork etc or any video they have made. This is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend and show any talents they have. If you want to participate, please contact Sr. Zain Taib (taibzk@vcu.edu)
*MSA Interfaith Poetry Night will be coming up at the Baptist Ministry House. Stay tuned for more details. Contact Michelle Taylor (taylormr2@mymail.vcu.edu) with any questions/concerns.