MSA Fall Potluck Picnic
MSA will be having our first picnic of the Fall semester at Lake Claire Park on Friday, September 29th! Join us for an afternoon of lots of fun and delicious food! This picnic will be a POTLUCK! Please bring a dish to share with everyone and encourage your friends to bring food too! The picnic is open to all so feel free to bring your friends! Get ready to participate in games, kayaking, and sports! Meet new people, make new friends and have a wonderful time!
9/29/2017 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Quran: Your Personal GPS
Salam everyone! MSA is hosting our first halaqah of the semester. The halaqah will be held in the prayer room which is on the first floor of the Student Union near the Pegasus ballroom. It will be on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 3:30pm until Asr. The halaqah will be given by Ismail ibn Ali and the topic will be 'Quran: Your Personal GPS' Everyone is welcome to join us in the prayer room for this halaqah. See you all then inshallah!
9/6/2017 3:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
Welcome Back Social
Welcome back UCF Knights! MSA decided to really TOP this new school year off right and is hosting a Welcome Back Social this Friday at 2:30pm at Toppers. This will be a great time to have fun with your friends, meet other members and eat delicious ice cream! Can't wait to see you all there!
8/25/2017 2:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
Orlando Standing Against Violence #JusticeforNabra
CAIR- Florida is partnering with the Muslim Women Organization, Women of MYA, the American Muslim Community Center, UCF's MSA, and UCF's S.O.S to hold a gathering in light of the horrific murder of Nabra Hassanen of Reston, Virginia. “This vile crime affects not only Nabra’s family and her community in the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), but the broader American community. While we mourn the brutal murder of Nabra, we ask that you join us as we pray for Nabra, her family, and stand against violence against Muslim women and all those who continue to be oppressed.”, says Rasha Mubarak, Central Florida Regional Director for CAIR-Florida. We invite all of our neighbors, friends, supporters, interfaith partners, and greater social justice community to join us for a gathering for peace and prayer. Contact Rasha Mubarak, CAIR FL RMubarak@cair.com 407-490-9407 Please stand with our community as we demand justice for Nabra Hassanen.
6/22/2017 6:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Come and join the Muslim Student Association and ELI as we host Iftar Knight at the Barbara Ying Center on June 16, 2017. MSA and ELI are hosting this iftar as a POTLUCK so all attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share with everyone. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslims are directed to fast (refrain from drinking water or eating food) from dawn to sunset. Iftar is the evening meal that Muslims break their fast with at the end of every day in Ramadan. Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend so they can learn about the Holy month of Ramadan! If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to see you all there inshaAllah!
6/16/2017 7:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
Remembrance Honoring Portland Heroes
In light of the horrific murders in Portland in which two men were stabbed and killed and another was injured after defending Muslim women who were being verbally assaulted by a racist bigot, MSA and CAIR Florida are hosting a remembrance to honor our fallen heroes. MSA and CAIR Florida invite you all to convene for a Remembrance Honoring our Portland Heroes tomorrow, Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 4pm. Please spread the word. America is #StrongerTogether
5/30/2017 4:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA End of the Year Graduation Picnic
Come out and enjoy our last MSA event of the 2016-2017 school year. We will be celebrating this year's graduates and gifting them awards. This event is open to everyone, not only graduates. Please bring food to share since this is a POTLUCK. If you are graduating this summer or have graduated this year's Fall or Spring semester, please fill out this form so we can celebrate your success at the picnic: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfU14pzY55PEB-xUYdCuSvVmlBaSX_GtCki0RrbJBzdwNg-AQ/viewform?c=0&w=1
5/3/2017 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA's End of the Year Banquet
PLEASE RSVP. It's that time of year again that we celebrate all of the accomplishments UCF MSA has succeeded in, reflected on our best moments, appreciated all of our amazing members, said goodbye to the old board and welcomed the new MSA UCF Board of 2017-2018. Our End of the Year Banquet will be held in the Cape Florida Ballroom on the third floor of the Student Union in Room 316 at 5 o'clock. Formal attire is required. Only UCF student may attend, due to the limited amount of seating that will be provided. Please RSVP here https://docs.google.com/a/msaknights.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8BJv4e1xdupnXB7lTF9SHiXJWNPs5M356Dq8oZ-HH1BwCxw/viewform?c=0&w=1 in order to be admitted. We are looking forward to seeing you at our largest event yet.
4/21/2017 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA General Board Elections!
Join us for our MSA General Board Elections! If you would like to apply to a position, click here: www.msaknights.com/gboard17. Your vote will only be counted if you are a paid MSA member. We are so excited to add new faces to our team and are confident in your abilities! We hope to see many of there. Just as we did with Executive Board Elections, the elections will be Livestreamed on our Facebook Page "Muslim Student Association at UCF". You must watch the livestream from beginning to end, a link will be posted on the page at the end of the livestream and will be deleted after 10 minutes.
4/14/2017 4:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA Joins Global Bazaar
READ UNTIL THE END: UCF Global: English Language Institute is hosting a Global Bazaar as part of International Cultural Knight. They're looking for MSA members to represent several Muslim countries to display an international marketplace replicating the country you are representing. The display can feature different artifacts, utensils, instruments and clothing. The purpose is to give students the full experience or rather the experience of an international student when they first come to the states. There will be a fashion show component as well! The countries we will be representing will be Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan (you do not have to be from those countries to participate). Use this link to sign up to volunteer for this event! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeFt5daW6Nek6zdNhRHoV6h6SoTAkMF-aXQbw_QIfMeMWgIA/viewform?c=0&w=1
4/13/2017 6:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA Field Day!
In partnership with Students Organize for Syria, MSA is having a Field Day at Memory Mall 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM! There will be fun activities set up and more! Feel free to bring frisbees, kites, footballs, soccer balls, anything to make this Field Day more enjoyable for you and your friends. Don't forget to bring snacks, lunch, drinks and create your own picnic space there! Everyone is welcome to attend. The weather will be perfect. There will be a halaqa/Islamic Studies session held that night as well at Memory Mall at 6:45 PM. Come out to expand your knowledge about the beautiful religion of Islam. Bring a friend or a peer! We promise it'll be something beneficial to all of us.
4/10/2017 9:30:00 AM -04:000.0000
Beach Day 2.0
"And the earth – We spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow therein [something] of every beautiful kind, Giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns [to Allah ]." [Quran 50: 7-8] Nature is for us to reflect upon and it's also our duty to care for it. On this day, we're going to do a service for our minds and bodies by reflecting on Allah's creations and relaxing with friends. Please bring your family and friends and also some food to share with everyone. We'll have some fun games and activities planned, including but not limited to: sand castle making contests, races, tug of war, volleyball, soccer, meditation exercises, and more! This beach day is for everyone, so if you want to come and relax by the water, read a book, or spend quality time with your family, this is the place to do it too. Please consider carpooling; it's good for the environment and good for bonding. Use this google form if you need a ride, or can offer someone a ride: https://goo.gl/forms/a3ZEQMlF1dkybJiy2 *If the coast is actually unclean this time, we will take the time to pick up any litter. Be shore to let us know if you have any questions or concerns at email@example.com. I'll sea you all there inshaAllah! :P
4/8/2017 8:00:00 AM -04:000.0000
MSA End of the Year GBM!
Join us for our last general board meeting! There will be pizza! We will be discussing upcoming events such as our End of the Year Banquet, Beach Day, Global Bazaar and General Board Elections. We will also be having a baby picture guessing game! E-mail your baby photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4/7/2017 4:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA E-Board Elections
YOU MUST ATTEND THIS EVENT IN PERSON TO VOTE. YOU MUST BE A PAID MSA MEMBER TO VOTE. To become a paid member, follow this link: http://msaknights.com/membership/ MSA Executive Board consists of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. You are eligible to run for these positions only if you have served on the MSA board for one year in the past. This is the link to apply: http://msaknights.com/eboard2017 APPLY ASAP since elections are approaching. General MSA Board elections and forms will be posted soon.
3/30/2017 7:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
LADIESSSSSSS! Are ya'll ready for a night to party with your girls and not have to worry about any men being around and being able to do your hair for the night? MSA Sister's Ball is FINALLY HERE. Tickets will be sold during tabling hours, online and from MSA board members for $10 and will be $15 at the door. Purchase them online here: http://www.msaknights.com/sistersball/ Must be 16+ to attend, no aunties please. If you have any question please e-mail Hadaya AlKhateeb at email@example.com. The event hall does not have cameras and will be closed off to only allow sisters to enter so feel free to come out all dressed up, no hijabs needed! This is an opportunity for the ladies to get together and have fun without any worries.
3/24/2017 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Seven Days of Sadaqah: Spreading Knowledge
*Seven Days of Sadaqah is a week long effort to encourage doing good by emulating the kindness of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). Each day of the week serves a specific theme of sadaqah, and we will have events, challenges, and games with prizes and food to emphasize that theme. Our goal is to show that doing good is fun, easy, rewarding, and that it comes in various forms. * Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Whoever teaches some knowledge will have the reward of the one who acts upon it, without that detracting from his reward in the slightest.” Sadaqah is an Islamic term that most people understand it to mean charity. In Islam, charity is not limited to donations, but also includes spreading knowledge and teaching others good. This part of Seven Days of Sadaqah actively involves everyone to share wisdom. Join us at the MSA table from 8:30 am-1 pm for fun quizzes, a chance to win prizes, and learn from our Notes of Knowledge jar. The Notes of Knowledge include a piece of Islamic knowledge, and a challenge to spread that knowledge to a few people. Later that day, there will be a halaqa to share knowledge with us hosted by one of our community leaders from 6:30-7:30 pm. Looking forward to seeing all of you there! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the community service director, Tasnim Mellouli, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/22/2017 8:30:00 AM -04:000.0000
Seven Days of Sadaqah: Project Downtown
*Seven Days of Sadaqah is a week long effort to encourage doing good by emulating the kindness of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). Each day of the week serves a specific theme of sadaqah, and we will have events, challenges, and games with prizes and food to emphasize that theme. Our goal is to show that doing good is fun, easy, rewarding, and that it comes in various forms. * A man asked Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him), “Which act in Islam is the best? ” He (Peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “To feed (the poor and the needy) and to greet those whom you know and those you do not know. [Bukhari and Muslim] Join the Muslim Student Association as we attend Project Downtown to prepare meals and care packages for our friends from the homeless shelter! This is our first event for the Seven Days of Sadaqah initiative! The theme for this day is about feeding the needy and helping the less fortunate, so come on over and help us kick off the week by serving our brothers and sisters downtown. It's a great experience and a great opportunity to share conversations with people we may not have come across otherwise. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns contact Tasnim Mellouli at email@example.com.
3/19/2017 8:00:00 AM -04:000.0000
MSA Visits Harbor House
Prophet Muhammad SAW said: "The best of you is he who is best to his family." Join the MSA as we visit a domestic abuse shelter housing women and children who have fled violent situations in their homes. At this visit, we will be playing games and making arts and crafts with the kids. While it will be great fun to play with the kids, this is a chance to view life from a different perpsective that we don't always see. Since Harbor House is a safe space for victims, many details about the organization cannot be shared online. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/TuGIfnp8XpSMVI3e2 And from there, I will provide the address as well as guidelines the organization has asked us to follow.
3/11/2017 9:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
MSA & PSA Spring Break Kick-Off Potluck Picnic
Salam & peace be upon you all! You are invited to MSA's SPRING BREAK KICK-OFF POTLUCK PICNIC, co-hosted by the great PAKISTANI STUDENT ASSOCIATION! Again, it will be a potluck so PLEASE make sure to bring food to share. This time we're focusing on having you all bring CULTURAL FOOD. This would be a great opportunity to show the diversity of our organization and campus as a whole. Sign up for the food you are bringing here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11wcig_vbwcV-cZTZIIlbgL6oiu15NgkxaKZH5gjQ52U/edit?usp=sharing Hope to see you all there in Shaa Allah!
3/10/2017 4:30:00 PM -05:000.0000
Sisters' Movie Knight
Salam girls! We will be having a movie night for the sisters on Monday to destress and get the girls together for a fun night of relaxation. The movie is still to be determined. Check out the poll below to vote on a genre! The movie will be at College of Sciences Building Room 101!
2/27/2017 6:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA General Body Meeting
Asalamu alaykum, peace be upon you all MSA wil be having a general body meeting to inform members about upcoming events, our accomplishments this school year, discuss MSA board elections, and more! THERE WILL BE PIZZA. Hope to see many of you there in sha Allah.
2/15/2017 4:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
This Is Your Home Too
Salam everyone! The Muslim Student Association at UCF is humbled to be hosting an Information and Entertainment Fair for refugees on February 9th, 4PM. The event aims to help our neighborly refugees feel welcomed to this country and feel like it is their home too. With the help of several organizations we are partnering with, there will be workshops set up to facilitate our guests with the basic schemas of living in the U.S. such as using coupons, mental health resources and more. We cannot do this without your help! We need help with: ~ Arabic translators ~ Transportation before and after the event ~ Running booths ~ General help The following is a link to sign up to volunteer for the event, any kind of help is welcomed: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16uVr9DsVsP9hn1N9zPFP-a1BarygiKXYToKyLilXo68/edit?usp=sharing VOLUNTEERS: WEAR BLACK OR WHITE BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE. Meet infront of Pegasus at 4PM. We will also NEED donations of: ~ hygienic items ~ household items ~ toys ~gift sets They will be collected during our MSA tabling times (around 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Monday-Thursday) outside the Student Union or you can contact an MSA board member to donate. GoFundMe is up! DONATE if you can't make it to the event! Every dollar counts! https://www.gofundme.com/this-is-your-home-too Keep an eye on our UCF MSA Facebook group for more updates and news regarding the event. Thank you so much!
2/9/2017 4:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA End of the Semester Potluck Picnic!
Come celebrate the end of this great Fall semester MSA had, alhamdulilah. We will be making BUBBLES (life-sized), HAVING WATER GUNS, tons of fun and lots of relaxation. Everyone is encouraged to bring food as well. Hope to see many of you there iA!
11/18/2016 4:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Beach Day with MSA!
And the earth – We spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow therein [something] of every beautiful kind, Giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns [to Allah ]. [Quran 50: 7-8] Nature is for us to reflect upon and it's also our duty to care for it. So, join us at the beach for an hour of service (cleaning up the coast), and even more hours of reflection and fun! Everyone is welcome to join us! We will have a carpool set up to minimize resources and maximize bonding. Please bring some food to share with everyone! Here is the list of items you can bring, or you can add your own: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Ul4r4nRp2W2d3hKTrYBWoP1wk4ElZ_PSz5ioZOCQQ4/edit?usp=sharing If you plan to come, say inshaAllah and add your information here: https://goo.gl/forms/AulQuunF8t3Hvfan1 *Note on attire/modesty: I would like to remind everyone that to be respectful of those around you to please dress modestly. Sisters AND brothers have their own rightful dress code according to Islamic principles, and I suggest we follow that as much as we can. Remember, modesty extends to our behavior with one another as well. If you need any assistance in getting appropriate clothing or have any questions, I will be happy to help (contact info is below). It is the beach in November so it'll be a little colder, and that's another thing to take into consideration. Be shore to let me know if you have any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org! ;)
11/12/2016 7:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Muslim Fest, our 7th, biggest and last Islam Awareness Month! MSA will be set up in the UCF Memory Mall, presenting a series of booths and tables featuring different topics like Islamic Trivia Quiz, Misconceptions in Islam and more. Visit every table to be able to be served food at the end! There will be booths set up throughout the event selling hijabs, merchandise and more so be ready to shop!
11/7/2016 10:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Women in Islam with Keynote Speaker Ibtihaj Muhammad!
Join us for our 6th Islamic Awareness Month event! Join us for a night of muslim women empowerment! Known for her bravery, amazing achievements, and bold perseverance, Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer, and a member of the United States fencing team. She is best known for being the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics and will be our guest speaker! We are so excited for her to be coming to UCF and will be offering meet and greets for those who are MSA members only. Next Event: "Muslim Fest" https://www.facebook.com/events/1650811131877324/
11/2/2016 6:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Obama Comes to UCF!
Obama is coming to UCF! At the CFE Arena 3pm to 6pm this Friday! Also don't forget to RSVP here: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/kqn2mcd7gcxutciv/
10/28/2016 3:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
Islam Around the World
Islam Around the World involves some competition! Everyone will be able to team up with people from wherever they are from and present to everyone about Islam in their country. Each group will be responsible for creating a presentation, bringing food that represents their country and more! In order to participate, please contact a board member or email us at email@example.com. One of the most popular events in IAM is Islam Around the World: Islam has 1.7 billion adherents, making up over 22% of the whole world's population. Discover the diversity of all the different countries and cultures within Islam. Learn about the origination of Islam, it's influence in the country, and the presence it has today through it's inhabitants & don't forget to taste their delicious foods! Next Event: "Hijab Day" https://www.facebook.com/events/1836174559929134/
10/27/2016 10:00:00 AM -04:000.0000
Convert stories is our third and most intruiging event of Islam Awareness Month! Join MSA for our third Islam Awareness Month event! We will have several inspiring Muslim converts from our community tell us about their convert stories, their experiences, life stories and more. Our guest speaker will be Imam Sykes, who is "an American born revert who has faced those challenges himself and is working hard to educate both native and foreign born Muslims in a manner that explains both the essentials of the faith and how they coincide with the American experience". It will be a great, eye-opening experience for us all. If you're curious about their journey to Islam or have any inquiries regarding their experiences, you're encouraged to come! Next Event: "Islam Around the World" https://www.facebook.com/events/1107512376012258/
10/25/2016 4:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA Gives Back!
Knights Give Back is a campus-wide event dedicated to service, and MSA is contributing to the collective efforts to give back to our community. This year, we are working with the Center for Independent Living to build a wheelchair ramp! The Center for Independent Living creates opportunities for disabled people to live an independent life, and advocating for inclusive and accessible communities. Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) is recorded as saying, "Every act of kindness is sadaqah." (Bukhari and Muslim.) Think about it--every time someone uses this ramp that we built together, we will get the good deeds inshaAllah. Please meet at the CFE Arena by 7:00 AM! From there, a bus will take us to the assigned location (will update with address soon). Try to wear your MSA shirts so we look united and cool :P I have extra MSA shirts if you need one as well. This is a hands on service event, so I suggest volunteers wear proper clothing like closed toe shoes, and clothes that you don't love. I look forward to seeing everyone there! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions and more information.
10/22/2016 8:00:00 AM -04:000.0000
Petals From the Prophet (PBUH)
Petals for The Prophet (PBUH) is our second Islam Awareness Month event, one our most exciting! We will spend the morning distributing flowers to students around campus. These flowers will have a Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) attached to them with the intention of spreading a peaceful message across campus. This will be a great interactive experience with other students on campus. Our guest speaker will be none other than Hasan Shibly, who "has appeared numerous times in both local and national media outlets including NPR, Voice of America, the New York Times, the Toronto Star and the Buffalo News for his work protecting civil liberties and promoting understanding of the Muslim faith". Prophet Muhammed PBUH was the last Prophet sent by Allah (God), and Allah revealed upon Mohammed PBUH the Quran that always reminds us to spread Islam, be nice to our neighbors and be kind to all. This event will showcase the true Islam, and for that we hope to see many of you there! Next Event: "Convert Stories" https://www.facebook.com/events/197001164063993/
10/20/2016 4:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
Meeting for Islam Around the World
This meeting is mandatory for those who would like to participate in Islam Around the World, one of our key events during Islam Around the World. If you are unable to attend, please contact our IAM Chair Safia at email@example.com.
10/17/2016 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
IAM Kick Off Picnic!
Salam everyone! In the spirit of UCF's Spirit Splash (for more info read below), MSA is throwing an Islam Awareness Month Kick-Off Picnic this Friday! Islam Awareness Month is an exciting month we spend out of the year providing students with 7 unique events within a month to promote the understanding of Islam and clear up the misconceptions. Here's the link to our first IAM event: https://www.facebook.com/events/109589982841752/ In addition to great food, fun and games, we will be having a WATER GUN FIGHT. Yes, we're serious. You don't have to participate, but if you do please bring your own water guns! It'll be a great way to cool off and have fun following spirit splash earlier that day. Hope to see many of you there inshAllah! Spirit Splash: SPIRIT SPLASH is one of the biggest homecoming traditions in the country! Over 10,000 students come together to celebrate our amazing school at the reflection pond in front of the library! T-Shirt distribution begins at 12:00 p.m October 14th. and students will be able to rush into the pond starting at 1:00 p.m. Ducks will be thrown, the music will be loud and the school spirit will be at an absolute max at SPIRIT SPLASH 2016!
10/14/2016 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
First General Body Meeting!
Salam alaykum, peace be upon you all! Our first general body meeting is finally here! Make sure to come out for some food, important announcements and more. This meeting will discuss our exciting upcoming events, will introduce this year's board members and help you connect with your fellow Muslims on campus. Cannot wait to see many of you there inshAllah.
9/22/2016 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
First General Body Meeting! (Location & Date TBA)
Salamu Alaykum everyone! Our first MSA General Body Meeting will be next week, the exact time, date and location are yet to be determined so stay tuned and we'll keep you updated inshAllah.
9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM +03:000.0000
To congratulate this year's UCF graduates, MSA is having a potluck Wednesday May 4th at 5 PM! MSA will be providing burgers but it will stil be a potluck so please bring finger food, snacks and drinks! Can't wait to see you there and congratulations to the graduates,
5/4/2016 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA End of the Year Banquet 2016!
As the semester comes to an end, the Muslim Student Association cordially invites you to our annual End of the Year Banquet! STAY TUNED FOR: -Brothers' & Sisters' Superlatives -Current Board Skits -New Board Intro -Award Recognition -Delicious FREE dinner! *Semi-formal/Cultural Attire. We hope to see you there InshaAllah! :)
4/14/2016 6:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA 2016-2017 Board Elections
Asalamu Alaikum, As we wrap up what has been an incredible year, we look forward to the continued success and exciting accomplishments brought in by the next generation of our MSA Leaders. Elections are a critical part of this process so we ask everyone to please be sure to come join us and help continue a successful MSA at UCF. Nominations Deadline has been EXTENDED! The new deadline is: Sunday, April 3rd 2016. 11:59pm. *Remember only pro-members can be nominated. Application for Nominations: http://bit.ly/msa_elections On the day of, each candidate will give a short (3-5 minute) introduction and speech so that you will be able to make your decision and vote. You will be able to ask questions to the candidates to gain a better understanding of their position and goals for the following year. Ballots will be given out only to those that attend. Elections will be held on Friday, April 8th at 4:30pm in HPA 119. We hope to see you there, Insha'Allah!
4/8/2016 4:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
Words of Love: Looking at Love Through the Arabic of the Quran
UCF Muslim Student Association is pleased to have Ustadh Ismail Ibn Ali from Fawakih Institute join us in instructing the "Words of Love: Looking at Love Through the Arabic of the Quran" session this Friday! Love of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and His Messenger Muhammad salla Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam is something we all strive for. But what does love of Allah mean? Did you know that Arabic has over 60 words for Love! Each has its own unique flavor, and understanding the roots of these words opens up a new world of meaning, especially as they are used in the Qur'an. Join us in a fun, interactive, activity-based session as we explore the language of love. Ustadh Ismail ibn Ali is the Deputy Executive Director at Fawakih and serves as an instructor in Quranic Arabic. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Florida ('11) and a Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University ('13). Ismail is a graduate of the Fawakih 2010 summer program, completing over 150 hours of Arabic training in both Fawakih's Virginia and Boston chapters. Ustadh Ismail built on the foundation he established at Fawakih to continue his Arabic and Islamic studies through independent study until he joined Fawakih in 2012 as a teaching assistant fellow for beginner Arabic. After quickly excelling in the training program, Ustadh Ismail adeptly stepped into a teaching position and taught level 1 during the 2012-2013 academic year in Herndon, VA and Washington, DC. Ustadh Ismail currently teaches Beginner and Intermediate Quranic Arabic for Fawakih. We are very excited to have him join us this Friday and hope to see you all there insha'Allah! Refreshments will be served.
4/1/2016 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
The Hijab Challenge
UCF MSA presents: Islam Awareness Month! https://www.facebook.com/events/485625584962644/ One of the most exciting and involving events in IAM is the Hijab Challenge! We will spend the morning (10am-2pm) out on the student union patio stage giving all girls around UCF the opportunity to wear hijab (the headscarf Muslim women wear) for a day. Later in the day, there will be a discussion with Sister Nadia on the role of women in Islam along with the importance and purpose of hijab. Those who accepted the challenge will share their experiences. Refreshments will be served. Volunteers are greatly appreciated! (boys & girls!) *Volunteers that put most hijabs on students will get a reward! Hope to see you there inshaAllah! :)
3/31/2016 4:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
UCF MSA Presents: Islam Awareness Month
University of Central Florida's Muslim Student Association presents: Islam Awareness Month! Learn more about Islam’s true meaning as a religion and what it means to UCF Muslims by attending Islam Awareness events in the upcoming four weeks. The aim is to allow for conversations, expression and education that will leave attendees with a sense of understanding for people of different faiths than their own. EVENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS: -Muslim Fest! 3/22/16 12pm-4pm, UCF Memory Mall We will have several booths with a variety of fun, informative activities that will give you the chance to challenge common misconceptions, test your knowledge, and appreciate the fastest growing religion in the world. Visit 5 booths and earn yourself a plate of delicious free food! Volunteers appreciated. -Black History in Islam 3/23/16 5:00pm, Student Union Room 218C This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the struggle and achievement of African Americans, and their creativity and contribution to human civilization, and also to reaffirm the struggle and determination to fight prejudice and racism. Today, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States; majority of the populations embracing Islam are African Americans. Why is that? Food will be served. -Hijab Challenge 3/31/16 4:30pm, Health & Public Affairs Room 116 We will spend the morning out on the student union patio stage giving all girls around UCF the opportunity to wear hijab (the headscarf Muslim women wear) for a day. Later in the day, there will be a discussion on the role of women in Islam along with the importance and purpose of hijab. Those who accepted the challenge will share their experiences. Refreshments will be served. -Misconceptions in Islam 4/4/16 4:30pm, Health & Public Affairs Room 119 We will spend the morning giving out Happiness Dawah Bags to students around UCF campus. These bags will contain an assortment of things with the intention of brightening someone's day with smiles. Volunteers appreciated. Later in the day, there will be a discussion on the common misconceptions in Islam. Want to learn more about Islam and seperate the misconceptions from reality? Here’s your chance! Refreshments will be served. -Petals from the Prophet 4/6/16 5:00pm, Student Union Room 218C We will spend the morning giving out flowers to students around campus. These flowers will have a Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad(s) attached to them with the intention of spreading a peaceful message across. Volunteers appreciated. Later in the day, there will be a discussion about the man who struggled so hard with the mission to spread Islam. He, who united every religion until Islam came to every corner of the world. Our leader, our humble, Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him). Refreshments will be served. -Islam Around the World 4/11/16 12pm-4pm, Pegasus Ballroom Islam has 1.7 billion adherents, making up over 22% of the whole world's population. Discover the diversity of all the different countries and cultures within Islam. Learn about the origination of Islam, it's influence in the country, and the presence it has today through it's inhabitants. & don't forget to taste their delicious foods! -The Perfect Design 4/13/16 5:00pm, Student Union Room 224 "Indeed, We have created the human being upon the best of forms. Then we reduced him to the lowest of the low, except those who believe and do good, for they shall have an unending reward. So what yet causes you to deny the Recompense? Is not Allah the Best of Judges?" (Surah Tin 4-8) In this surah, Allah addresses His creating us in “the best of forms”. Whether we look at the human being’s physical construction, or consider the human potential, or the human soul and mind, we get a profound glimpse of Allah’s wisdom. A discussion on how Allah has created humans in the most perfect design regarding the context of these verses from the Quran, will be held. Refreshments will be served. All of our events are free and open to the public. We encourage all of you to come out and have a wonderful experience in getting to know your fellow Muslim friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates. Hope to see you there inshaAllah! Volunteers for all events are greatly appreciated! Islam Awareness Month Volunteer Form: http://www.msaknights.com/iamv/ Islam Around the World Participation Form: http://www.msaknights.com/iatw/
3/22/2016 12:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
AMCC Youth Town Hall
AMCC presents: Youth Town Hall The purpose of this event is for MSA UCF's students to educate the youth on a myriad of different topics. Representatives from the variety of different majors at UCF will be discussing their major, tips on how to get there, experiences working within their respective fields, managing a college lifestyle keeping deen & dunya both at hand, etc. Biomedical Sciences (Pre-Med): Saifudeen Nausrudeen Sports Exercise/Human Perf. (Pre-Med): Osman Siddiqui Speech Pathology: Maha Qureshi Health Sciences (Pre-PA): Maariyah Khan Engineering: Aqsa Haroon IT: Zaed Ahmed Qureshi Health Administration (Pre-Dental): Aamna Zaidi Social Media Outlet: Rayyan Sukkarieh Business Marketing: Salrina Nausrudeen Pre-Veterinarian: Ahad Beg Marine Biology (Pre-Med): Omar Khan Psychology: Anisha Nazrul If you would like to volunteer to be a representative to present to the youth at this panel for Pre-Pharm/Pre-Law please contact Maha Qureshi. Thank you! Please support your UCF MSA and spread the word in helping bringing out the youth for this informative panel. Students from the ages of 12+ up will definitely benefit. We look forward to seeing you there inshaAllah!
3/19/2016 10:30:00 AM -04:000.0000
Last MSA General Body Meeting!
Join MSA for our last general body meeting of this semester! We thank each and every one of you that was able to make it out to our events throughout the year! We value each of our members and wish everyone a good end of the year. We will be discussing the NUMEROUS exciting events and activities we have planned as the semester comes to an end! Food and refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there inshaAllah! :) STAY TUNED: 1) MSA 2016 ELECTION DAY (4/1/16) For all those interested in running for a position on the 2016-2017 MSA Board, details will be discussed at the gbm. The form for nominations will be up by the end of this week! 2) ISLAM AWARENESS MONTH: - Muslim Fest (3/22/16) Memory Mall 12pm-4pm -Black History in Islam (3/23/16) SU 218C 5:00pm -Hijab Challenge (3/24/16) HPA 116 4:30pm -Misconceptions in Islam (4/4/16) HPA 119 4:30pm -Petals from the Prophet (4/6/16) SU 218C 5:00pm -Islam Around the World (4/11/16) Pegasus Ballroom 12pm-4pm -The Perfect Design (4/13/16) SU 224 5:00pm 3) END OF THE YEAR BANQUET! (4/14/16) Stay tuned for the end of the year banquet in which we will be announcing superlatives, presenting skits, introducing the new board, & FREE FOOD!
3/16/2016 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA General Body Meeting #2 (Spring)
Join MSA for our second general body meeting of the semester! Incase you missed the first one, here's your chance to learn about our super exciting upcoming events (ISLAM AWARENESS MONTH!!) Learn how to get involved in helping market and volunteer for our upcoming biggest event of the semester! Snacks and refreshments will be provided! Hope to see you on Wednesday, inshaAllah :)
2/24/2016 5:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA Spring Potluck Picnic!
MSA will be having our first picnic of the spring semester at Lake Claire Park on Friday, February 19th! Join us for an afternoon of lots of fun and delicious food! This picnic will be a POTLUCK! (repeat: POTLUCK!) Please write your name next to a FOOD dish (repeat: FOOD!) from the list below! If what you are bringing is not on the list, feel free to add it! POTLUCK SIGN-UP LINK: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OM-MMbxLVRShHe7_WE5KKx37fxL9Q06x5WHCx8NGIzo/edit?usp=sharing The picnic is open to all so feel free to bring your friends! Get ready to participate in games, kayaking, and sports! Meet new people, make new friends and have a wonderful time! P.S) To add a little more fun, we will be having a bake-off! Bake your delicious desserts and bring them in, judges will be doing the tasting & winner with the yummiest baked goods will get a prize! To participate, sign up by clicking the link below. Do NOT write what you will be baking as we would like for it to remain anonymous for the competition. Those who would like to participate in the bake-off need to drop off their baked goods at the MSA cubicle in OSI before 4:00 pm (no later!). Their dish will remain anonymous by the member who will be bringing them to the picnic, nor will that member be judging. The tasting by judges will begin at 5:30 pm and a winner will be declared. Note: There will be no source of refrigeration available for your desserts, so prepare them accordingly. Do bake enough for the large amount of people attending so those aside from judges can taste your desserts as well! BAKE-OFF SIGN UP LINK: http://goo.gl/forms/rCQ9AGGWtm
2/19/2016 4:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
AMCC Field Day Volunteering
AMCC's Peace Academy Islamic School is having a field day for the kids on Sunday, February 7th and are in need of volunteers for a couple of hours to manage stations like the Egg Spoon Race, Sack Race, etc. This is a great opportunity for the young kids to see their future college mentors and create a connection with them! The will need a minimum of atleast 2 volunteers per station. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org Volunteers are needed ASAP so please do not hesitate to sign up below if you are going to be able to attend! Sign-Up Form: http://goo.gl/forms/xenVqo8thD
2/7/2016 10:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Last MSA General Body Meeting!
Join MSA for our last general body meeting of the semester! We thank each and every one of you that were able to make it out to our prior events/GBM's and invite all those who haven't yet! We will be discussing different events and activities we have planned as the semester comes to an end. We do have a few fun games planned for this GBM as it will be a social! We will leave those towards the end for all those who would like to participate as well as enjoy some yummy food! One of the games featured will be: Guess That Baby! If you would like to participate please send your baby picture to email@example.com (Omran Hashim) with your name. Do NOT share your baby picture with anyone before this GBM. Food and refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there insha'Allah!
11/18/2015 4:30:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA @ International Fair 2015
The Muslim Student Association invites you to UCF's International Fair 2015! We will have our own booth where we will be showcasing different Islamic countries, cuisine, entertainment, henna, calligraphy and more! Come out and experience the variety of cultures in Islam and enjoy some delicious food :)
11/18/2015 10:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Civic Engagement w/ Emerge USA
The Muslim Student Association at UCF invites you to join us for a learning and interactive discussion on civic engagement by Emerge USA: What is civic engagement? Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. Emerge USA's Florida chapter seeks to engage, educate and empower Muslim, South Asian and Arab American (MASA) communities through educational events, voter initiatives, and leadership development for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable, and motivated citizens. We are very pleased to have our guest speaker Sister Yemen Monessar join us! Sister Yemen is the Orlando Regional Coordinator for Emerge USA's Florida chapter. She received her degree in Islamic Studies and in Dawah, Quranic reading and understanding and the study of World’s Religions from the Islamic American University as well Islamic Online University of Dr. Bilal Phillps. Currently she’s an instructor of youth program as well as adult classes, converts, Interfaith in various community centers. American-Muslim educator, and lecturer motivational speaker has presented at several colleges, universities, professional student organizations and community colleges for college students self-application, Islamic -education, time management, academic goal setting. For those who are not yet registered to vote, you will have the opportunity to do so this day! Refreshments will be provided!
11/17/2015 2:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA Fall Picnic!
MSA will be having our second picnic of the year at Lake Claire Park this Thursday November 5th! Join us for an afternoon of lots of fun and delicious food! This picnic will be a POTLUCK! Please write your name next to a dish from the list below! If what you are bringing is not on the list, feel free to add it! More than one person is welcome to assign themselves to a dish! The picnic is open to all so feel free to bring your friends! Get ready to participate in games, kayaking, and sports! Meet new people, make new friends and have a wonderful time! We hope to see you there inshaAllah! :) POTLUCK SIGN-UP LIST: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OM-MMbxLVRShHe7_WE5KKx37fxL9Q06x5WHCx8NGIzo/edit?usp=sharing
11/5/2015 4:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Weekly Halaqah w/ Br. Arthur
Delve into the 40 hadith of Imam Nawawi with Br. Arthur! These hadiths serve as a road map for the believer and the perfect reminder for a college student, such as ourselves! **HALAQAHS WILL NOW BE WEEKLY ON TUESDAYS!!** Hope to see you there, InshaAllah! :)
11/3/2015 5:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA General Body Meeting #4
Join MSA for our fourth general body meeting of the semester! We thank each and every one of you who were able to make it out to our Fast-A-Thon 2k15 on Wednesday and hope you had a wonderful evening! Please give us your feedback on the event! :) http://goo.gl/forms/TzGyoWH2rw ***ATTENTION ALL PAID MEMBERS OF MSA!!*** If you did NOT already receive your Fast-A-Thon shirt at the event we will be distributing shirts to all paid members at our MSA cubicle at OSI. The last day to collect your Fast-A-Thon shirt will be the end of this meeting! & AS WELL AS THAT, OUR MSA MEMBERSHIP SHIRTS ARE HERE!!!! If you signed up as a paid member you will be receiving your MSA 2015-2016 shirt the day of this meeting! If you are unable to attend we will keep your shirt so please contact an e-board member to collect it. Not a paid member? WATER U WAITING FOR?! SIGN UP NOW AT WWW.MSAKNIGHTS.COM Last day to become a member before the membership dues increase will be November 1st, so hurry now, sign up and you will also get your shirts!
10/28/2015 4:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
UCF FAST-A-THON 2K15
The Muslim Student Association at UCF presents: FAST-A-THON 2K15! MSA invites you to join us for a free dinner and presentation by AbdelRahman Murphy. Every year Muslim Student Associations across the nation invite students of all faiths to experience the worldwide practiced tradition of fasting in the Islamic faith. This is done by giving up food and water from dawn until dusk, in order to empathize with those that are living in underpivileged countries and are experiencing this type of hunger and thirst every single day. Over 780 million people do not have access to clean drinking water. For EVERY person who PLEDGES to fast on this day, we will receive a donation from our Fast-A-Thon sponsors, which will go towards the Muslim Aid charity for their Dig-A-Well program, which has built over 3,000 wells in poverty-stricken, underprivileged areas in developing countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and more. Become a part of the solution, spread the word and pledge to fast on this day! Pledge Here: www.muslimaidusa.org/ucffast Our keynote speaker for the evening will be AbdelRahman Murphy from the Qalam Institute. Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a Bachelor’s in Teaching of English and Religious Studies. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. He has served as a youth director, Muslim chaplain, and assistant imam in a full-time capacity since 2009. His Islamic studies background includes completing an Imam Certificate Program in Makkah, Saudi Arabia under the mentorship and training of Shaykh Khalid Hilwany. While growing up in the Chicagoland area, he spent two years studying at Riyadh As Saliheen Institute under Shaykhs Ehab Ash-Shaer and Abu Abdullah. While finishing his university studies, he benefitted directly from the training and teaching of Professor Omer Mozaffar in areas of Quran and texts of Imam Ghazali. After graduating with his BA, Ustadh AbdelRahman moved to Dallas, where he began reading classical texts with Shaykh AbdulNasir Jangda. We are extremely pleased to have him join us for this evening. The dinner will be FREE for everyone and open to all! You are still wecome to dine with us even if you do not pledge to fast! We look forward to seeing you there InshaAllah! :) Doors Open: 5:00pm Event Starts: 5:30pm Sponsors: Muslim Aid USA- http://www.muslimaidusa.org/ CAIR- http://www.cair.com/ Emerge USA- http://www.emerge-usa.org/
10/21/2015 5:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA General Body Meeting #3
Join MSA for our third general body meeting of the semester! Incase you missed the first two, here's another chance for you to meet our board, learn about the super exciting upcoming events (FAST-A-THON 2K15!!) Learn how to get involved in helping market and volunteer for our upcoming biggest event of the semester! Fast-A-Thon will be held on Wednesday, October 21st, 5:00pm in the Pegasus Ballroom! More info on Fast-A-Thon: https://www.facebook.com/events/749225491873440/ Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you on Wednesday, inshaAllah!
10/14/2015 4:30:00 PM -04:000.0000
First Annual Florida MSA Leadership Retreat
Asalamu’Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu The Muslim Student Association at UCF would like to invite you to the First Annual Florida MSA Leadership Retreat! The purpose of the retreat is to unite the Muslim student organizations in Florida in a fun and interactive approach so that we may build upon a common vision of success throughout our community. We will explore fresh strategies from experienced leaders that will direct us on how to use our existing knowledge for spreading the teachings of Islam in an inspirational fashion. Working together we will improve interdepartmental relationships as well as strengthen our own confidence through several workshops to sharpen the skills needed to effectively contribute to our universities and local communities. Together we can make a difference. The retreat will be held at Warren Willis Camp located in Fruitland Park, FL on the weekend of October 9th-11th. It will begin Friday with a congregational Jummah prayer at 1:00pm and will end on Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm. Price will be $100 per person. This includes meals and accommodation for the duration of the retreat. Sponsorship is available for those that are unable to pay. Workshops will include: • Public speaking • Board Management • Volunteer Management • Da’wah training • Quranic Advice • Team-building • Personality training and more! Activities include: • Bonfire • Challenge Course • Hiking • Basketball • Kickball and more!
10/11/2015 12:00:00 AM -04:000.0000
MSA Knights Give Back 2015!
Join thousands of students, alumni, faculty and staff for UCF's Ninth Annual Day of Service, Knights Give Back! On this epic day, UCF Knights will come together to support the Central Florida community and make a lasting impact! MSA has been a part of Knights Give Back in the past, and will be again this year InshaAllah! Each organization will be given a volunteer site & this year ours will be: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando! Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Join Habitat for Humanity to create a large impact on the Orlando community. For a heads up, volunteer tasks might require painting existing homes, helping repair old homes that have fallen into a state of despair, etc. The exact locations and tasks will be announced soon. Closed toed shoes and work appropriate attire are required for this site! This is an amazing opportunity to help out your community and assist in aiding low-income families with safe, decent and affordable housing. MSA will be open to giving volunteer hours for this event! If you would like to help volunteer for this event please add your name and contact info on the sign up sheet below for Asima to contact you. If you have any other questions regarding this event please contact our community service director, Asima Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org We hope to see you all there!
10/3/2015 7:30:00 AM -04:000.0000
MSA Eid Picnic!
EID MUBARAK! Let's celebrate!! MSA will be having our first eid picnic of the year at Lake Claire Park this Thursday October 1st! Join us for an afternoon of lots of fun and delicious food! The picnic is open to all so feel free to bring your friends! Get ready to participate in board games, kayaking, and sports! Meet new people, make new friends and have a wonderful time! We hope to see you there InshaAllah! :)
10/1/2015 4:00:00 PM -04:000.0000
MSA General Body Meeting #2
Join MSA for our second general body meeting of the semester! Incase you missed the first one, here's another chance for you to meet our board, learn about the super exciting upcoming events we want you all to be a part of and & hang out with the best crew on campus ;) Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there inshaAllah!
9/30/2015 4:30:00 PM -04:000.0000