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Week of Welcome
We’ll be at the Interfaith Centre table at the Student Services fair in Convocation Mall during Week of Welcome. Drop by to say hi and learn about the programs we offer for the campus community.
The second week of the semester is clubs days where all SFSS clubs invite you to get active in the SFU community. SFU MSA’s exhibition aims to educate Muslims on campus about the religious services and educational programs SFU MSA offers.
This is SFU MSA’s ice-breaker event usually held at the end of the first month of the semester, aimed at bringing Muslims together on campus to create a sense of community among Muslim students. It provides an fun atmosphere for Muslim students to socialize, make new friends and eat.
Islam Awareness Week
SFU MSA’s prime event of the Fall semester is Islam Awareness Week (IAW). During IAW (Islam Awareness Week), we have booths and give away free copies of Qur’an translations and other Islamic literature. The purpose of IAW is to a) provide a comprehensible understanding of mainstream Sunni Islam; b) demystify misconceptions about Islam portrayed by the media; and c) facilitate a meaningful and productive dialogue with non-Muslims.
Drop by the booth if you: have questions about Islam, want free copies of Qur’an and other Islamic literature or just want to chat with a Muslim.
United Islam Awareness Week
Our biggest event of the year is United Islam Awareness Week (UIAW) at the end of January. This is similar to IAW but on a grander scale. It is done in collaboration with several MSAs across Western Canada with world-renowned speakers giving a lecture each day of the week. It is a week full of inspiring and captivating UIAW lectures and discussions that have impacted so many Muslims and non-Muslims on their personal spiritual journeys. Similar to IAW, we have our booth set up on campus all week from 10am-4pm where we engage in discussion about Islam with non-Muslim students on campus and provide material to anyone that is interested.
The Knowledge Circle is a series of events through which the MSA aspires to revive and encourage the passion of reading among Muslims and exploration of literary works of distinguished Muslim scholars in the areas of humanities and social sciences.
Sisters Speak a series aimed at educating, empowering and connecting Muslim women. In terms of topics, the sessions conducted have been on a range of subjects: domestic violence, mental health issues, women in Islam and entrepreneurship. We have also had sessions with cupcake decorating and paint night.
Real Talk is a discussion-oriented event where we explore contemporary topics in an Islamic context.
To cover the expenses of SFU MSA’s year-long activities despite efficiently utilizing grants offered by Simon Fraser Student Society to university clubs, SFU MSA conducts annual fundraiser to seek the support of our local community. The funds raised are used to cover a portion of the costs of events, especially iftaars, that grants fail to cover completely.
Every Ramadhan, SFU MSA hosts iftaars (breaking of the fast) every Friday at Burnaby Campus for the SFU Muslim community. It aims to provide an atmosphere to overseas Muslim students, who are away from their home and families, where they can have a sense of belonging.
In knowledge based societies, the predominant narratives that challenge Islamic teachings intellectually that jeopardize the faiths and put seeds of doubt in the mind of Muslims, necessitate counter Islamic narratives. As such, occasionally, SFU MSA aims to conduct conferences inviting esteemed and highly qualified Islamic scholars to address and speak on contemporary issues relating to Islam. We also have events that highlight the achievements of influential figures like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali and interfaith events like our dialogue about Sikhi and Islam. We collaborate with many organization, including other MSAs, to bring events to the wider Muslim community.
Occasionally, we conduct events that highlight the achievements of influential figures like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali and interfaith events like our dialogue about Sikhi and Islam. We also collaborate with many local organization, including other MSAs, to bring events to the wider Muslim community.