Week of Welcome
We’ll be at the Interfaith Centre table at the Student Services fair in Convocation Mall all day on Wednesday, January 3. Drop by to say hi and learn about the programs we offer for the campus community.
The third 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.
We’ll be at table #26 on Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Drop by, say salaam, get to know about our upcoming events and see how you can get involved on campus with fellow Muslims.
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.
This semester our social will be on Friday, January 26 from 5 PM in the MBC Conference Rooms (MBC 2290-2296).
Islam Awareness Week
SFU MSA’s prime event of the semester will be during the second week of March (March 5-9). The theme for Spring 2018 is “What is Sharia?”.
During IAW (Islam Awareness Week), SFU MSA has booths, gives 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.
Stay posted for details about our keynote seminar.
The Knowledge Circle is a book club through which MSA aspires to revive and encourage the passion of reading among Muslims, exploring the literary works of distinguished Muslim scholars in the areas of humanities and social sciences.
Our next Knowledge Circle will be Friday, March 30 OR Saturday, March 31 from 5 PM in Surrey Campus room TBA.
Please email Dostum Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request reading materials for each session.
Sisters Speak a series aimed at educating, empowering and connecting Muslim women. Sister’s Speak has been one of SFU MSA’s most successful regular events. In terms of topics, the sessions conducted have been on range of subjects: domestic violence, mental health issues, women in Islam, and entrepreneurship.
Stay posted for time and room info.
Let’s Talk About It
Let’s Talk About It is a discussion-oriented event where we explore contemporary topics in an Islamic context.
Making Sense of Islam: Friday, March 16 @ 5:30 PM in the Interfaith Centre Chapel.
Our annual fundraiser will be on Sunday, April 29 at Masjid al-Salaam (Burnaby Mosque). Support your MSA so we can continue supporting SFU’s Muslim community.
Tickets will be on sale after Friday prayers. Check our Facebook page for more information.
Every Ramadhan, SFU MSA hosts iftaars 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. Despite the costly free lavish array of dishes offered, SFU MSA achieved surplus in its funds during the 2017 Ramadhan due to generous sponsorships and donations!
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.
To cover the expenses of SFU MSA activities despite efficiently utilizing grants offered by SFU Student Services to the university clubs, SFU MSA conducts annual fundraiser in a local mosque (Burnaby Mosque) to raise funds, which are used to cover portion of the costs of events, especially iftaars that grants fail to cover completely.
SFU MSA considers itself a religious organization, and it shares mutual goals and objectives with other Muslim organizations. Thus, it is imperative to call for collaboration with other organizations to work for common goals. SFU MSA has collaborated with the following organizations: BCMA (one of the largest organizations in North America), Al-Ihsan Institute (of Mufti Aasim), Muslim Food Bank, UBC MSA, MAC Center and ICNA. In future, SFU MSA hopes and plans to collaborate with different local Muslim organizations to achieve its goals of educating Muslims and creating a network of Muslims.