Drought Relief Fundraiser
Join The Muslim Student Association as we fundraise for drought relief in Somalia this week(March 20-24). The UN reported that the current drought is affecting more than 6.2 million people, half the country's population. This is a humanitarian crisis and it’s our job as humans to come together to help. We'll be selling baked items at Rand (MThFri) and at Commons (Tues/Wed) from 11-1pm. You can pay with cash or venmo: rayanosman. All the proceeds will be going to SomaliFaces, an organization that has people on the ground providing aid and relief. SomaliFaces prides itself in transparency so they documents all their work allowing us to directly see how the funds raised will be used. All their information can be found on their facebook.com/somalifaces or on Somalifaces.org If you can't make it, please donate whatever you can to their gofundme campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/somali-drought-campaign Suggested Donations Sambuus : $2.50 Cupcakes: $1.50 Vegan Cupcakes: $2.00 Cookies: $1.00 http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/04/africa/somalia-drought-deaths/
3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
MSA GBM: Board Elections!
'Tis that time of year again.....MSA board elections! All are welcome to apply for any of the positions. All you have to do is fill out the application linked below and prepare a short (~1 minute) speech about why you're suited for the position(s)! May the odds be ever in your favor! Application: https://goo.gl/forms/Js4dVINEWvJkHCiw1
3/16/2017 6:30:00 PM -05:000.0000
Meet & Greet with Nouman Ali Khan
Join the MSA and Nouman Ali Khan for a casual meet and greet in the Office of Religious Life fireside lounge before his keynote talk!
2/28/2017 3:30:00 PM -06:000.0000
Skate With the MSA
MSA got all this ice, so you tryna chill? Come ice skate with us before winter leaves us! The long awaited MSA ice skating is this coming up NEXT Friday Feb 24 at the Centennial Sportsplex. The price for skating is $7 plus $2 for skate rentals. For those who want to walk over together, meet at the Barnes and Noble by 7:30. Hope to see you all there iA!
2/24/2017 8:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
Women, Empowerment, and Islam
Join us as we partner with the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Project Dialgoue, and the Interfaith council to host a follow-up discussion for our Islamic Awareness Weeks centered on feminine empowerment in Islam. Be sure to stop by for light refreshments and dessert as we engage in crucial conversations about feminine empowerment through the Muslim faith and dismantle many of the misunderstandings and misconceptions regarding the hijab.
2/21/2017 7:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
MSA: Islamic Awareness Week
Join us in a week of Islamic Awareness programming and learn a thing or two about Islam, have your questions answered, and engage in discussion! The events will run from February 6th through 10th, and all are welcome to attend! Here are the events: DEAN'S DINNER ON COMMONS Monday, 2/6 @ 6:30, Dean's residence ● Dinner and Discussion regarding Islam and the impact of media with Dean Beasley. This event open for all freshmen who RSVP to the Dean's Dinner invitation that will be sent out a week prior. WORLD HIJAB DAY Tuesday, 2/7 ● Women of all faiths are challenged to wear a hijab for a full day to experience first-hand what Muslim women go through on a daily basis, and at the end of the day, everyone is invited to dinner to reflect on and discuss their experience from the day. ● Hijab wrapping will take place at the Commons Fireside Lounge and in Rand 306 ● A dinner and reflection will be held in Kissam C216 at 6:30 PM ***Greek Member Experience: Diversity and inclusion ISLAM 101 Wednesday, 2/8 @ 6:30, Commons MPR 237 ● In collaboration with the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, we will host guest speaker and president of the Islamic Center of Nashville, Rashed Fakhruddin! For this event, Br. Rashed will give a presentation (the very same one that he gave to all the Nashville mayoral candidates earlier this year) about the general beliefs and practices in Islam and help address some common misunderstandings about the religion. ***My Vanderbilt Experience: Cultural Awareness ***Greek Member Experience: Diversity and Inclusion THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM: Combatting Islamophobia and Organizing for Social Justice Thursday, 2/9 @ 6:30, BCC Auditorium 118 ● The Muslim Students Association and the Black Cultural Center will be hosting guest speaker Zulfat Suara, who is one of the most outspoken Muslim activists in TN and advocate for organizing against all social injustices. Ms. Suara will be talking about taking an active stance against Islamophobia and other injustices while collaborating with other groups in order to fight for our collective rights.. ***My Vanderbilt Experience: Cultural Awareness ***Greek Member Experience: Diversity and Inclusion https://www.facebook.com/events/705608406279295/ MEET A MUSLIM Mon-Fri, 2/6-2/10 @ 11AM-1PM, Sarratt Promenade ● Throughout the week, we will have a table in the Rand Promenade for "Meet a Muslim". Our table will feature fun trivia games about Islam, free snacks, as well as a great opportunity to meet your Muslim classmates!
2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM -06:000.0000
The Fight for Freedom
"The Fight for Freedom: Combatting Islamophobia and Organizing for Social Justice" FREE SAMOSAS!! GME CREDIT!! MY VANDERBILT EXPERIENCE CREDIT!! The Muslim Students Association and the Black Cultural Center will be hosting guest speaker Zulfat Suara, who is one of the most outspoken Muslim activists in TN and advocate for organizing against all social injustices. Ms. Suara will be talking about taking an active stance against Islamophobia and other injustices while collaborating with other groups in order to fight for our collective rights. It will be held at the BCC Auditorium 118. We hope to see you there!
2/9/2017 6:30:00 PM -06:000.0000
Strike Away Your Worries with MSA Bowling Night
Take some time before exams hit to play some bowling at the Rec with your favorite MSA (: Friday 27, 2017 at 7pm will be our bowling night! Anyone and everone is welcome to roll up and play, and it's completely free of charge!!
1/27/2017 7:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
Donut Stress, Everyone Gets A Free Donut
You stressed? Feel like taking a small study break? Then, YOU GET A DONUT. EVERYONE GETS A FREE DONUT. Stop by Stevenson Library tomorrow Nov. 30 and join the MSA body taking a breather by stuffing our face. The Muslim Student Association is handing out donuts and a happy smile to anyone who needs it (: *BYOC: bring your own coffeee
11/30/2016 9:00:00 AM -06:000.0000
MSA GBM: Featuring Sr. Zulfat Suara
This month's GBM will be featuring guest speaker Sr. Zulfat Suara! Sr. Zulfat, the former chair of the American Muslim Advisory Council and one of the most prominent and outspoken Muslim figures in TN, will be discussing the importance of local civic engagement, why everyone should vote, and Tennessee's efforts to rid the curriculum of Islam from world history classes. The meeting will also be catered by Fattoush. Hope to see you there!
10/27/2016 6:30:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA October Community Service at BELL Gardens
Join the MSA as we do gardening at BELL Garden! Please sign up in the google doc below to ensure a spot. If you would like a ride from Vanderbilt meet at 8:30 a.m. in kissam center! To learn more about this organization's mission visit their website at http://bellgardennashville.org/
10/22/2016 9:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
MSA: A Thematic Exploration of the Quran with Prof. Issam Eido
Join Professor Issam Eido for his lecture series on "A Thematic Exploration of the Quran" at the Annex. The lectures will be held every other Wednesday from 7-8PM on the following dates: September 28th: The People of the Scripture October 12th: Homosexuality in the Quran and Sharia October 26th: Controversial Verses of the Quran November 9th: Abrogration in the Quran November 30th: Faith in Crisis Time
10/12/2016 12:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
Bike Riding In Centennial
Salam everyone! Fall is here! Now would be a great time to enjoy the brisk autumn air and enjoy the changing of the seasons. What a better way than bike riding in Centennial Park. The park has bikes available for rent for $5 via card. If you have your own bike feel free to bring it along. Come have fun with friends and meet new poeple (:
10/8/2016 2:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA GBM: Big/Little Reveal and Freshmen Rep. Elections!
Join us for our Big/Little reveal and Freshmen Representative elections! Come to our GBM to meet your Big, help select our next Freshmen Rep., learn about upcoming events, and engage in a short discussion! There will be free Halal specialty pizzas. If you're interested in becoming our Freshmen Rep., fill out the application below and prepare a short speech about why you want the position and why you're suited for it. LINKS: Freshmen Representative application: https://goo.gl/forms/DbEijwPkuX2bRMV52 (deadline extended to 9/26, 11:59PM) Big/Little application: https://goo.gl/forms/uJbdpRd7uFgRrnR93
9/30/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Hands On Nashville Day with MSA
Join MSA as we volunteer with Hands On Nashville Day! We'll be doing landscaping work, painting, etc at Warner Elementary Enhanced Option School. Please sign up in the google doc spreadsheet.
9/24/2016 8:30:00 AM -05:000.0000
MSA and MSAV: Eid al-Adha Celebration
Come join MSA and MSAV for our annual Eid al-Adha event! We'll be featuring vocal performances, spoken word, henna, booths, and free catered halal food! The event will also feature guest speaker Rashed Fakhruddin, President of the Islamic Center of Nashville, who will discuss the religious and historical significance of Eid al-Adha. Be sure to join us as we celebrate the holiday! This event is also included in the My Vanderbilt Experience Program (Cultural Awareness) and the Greek Member Experience Program (Diversity & Inclusion)!
9/16/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA - First GBM
This will be our first general body meeting of the school year! Stop by for some yummy halal catering, ice breakers, upcoming event announcements, and to meet our new Muslim chaplain!
8/30/2016 6:30:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA: Centennial Freshman Social
Salam everyone! Welcome back to another year here at Vanderbilt. Let's make use of the warm weather and get to know the our new members! Best way is Pokemon Go and Sports at Centennial Park this Saturday August 27th. We plan to meet at the Vanderbilt Barnes and Noble at 3:45 pm then walk over as a group to Centennial park across the street. Feel free to bring your own frisbee, soccer ball, mobile device, etc. DON'T FORGET to bring your own drink to stay hydrated! InshaAllah we see you all there!
8/27/2016 3:45:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA Meet and Greet
MSA invites all incoming freshmen and transfer students to join us for a night of socializing and cooling off (with ice cream!) after a long day of moving in. This event will take place in the Commons Center recreational room (room 211A) at 8pm. Stop by to meet other MSA members, learn about our upcoming events, and get advice from upperclassmen. See you there!
8/20/2016 8:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Cummins Falls End of Year Trip
Salam Everyone! MSA is hosting an end of the year trip to the beautfiul Cummins Falls this Sunday. Come out and bring your friends and family! We will be meeting at 7:30 am in Branscomb Circle. Please be on time. ALSO please fill out this excel sheet if you plan on attending! Thank you https://docs.google.com/a/vanderbilt.edu/spreadsheets/d/1Sgr_1765ayCf6XyYesLh3g18k_vcpEPSCZhCX9XoKaE/edit?usp=sharing
5/8/2016 7:30:00 AM -05:000.0000
MSA GBM: Board Elections!
On April 8th at 6:00PM, we have our last General Body Meeting of the year and will be holding Elections at the meeting! This will be a fun time to hang out with some friends, enjoy free dinner, and find out what some of your classmates have in store for next year! For those of you interested in applying for a board position for next year, you must fill out the application included below. All of the positions and a brief job description are also included in the application, but if you would like more information about any of the board positions, please feel free to contact any of the current board members. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, April 6th at 11:59PM. MSA 2016-2017 Executive and General Board Application: http://goo.gl/forms/nzoh3AXaJd We highly encourage you all to apply for a position; the MSA Executive and General Board provides an amazing opportunity to develop essential leadership, management, and teamwork skills, all valuable qualities for the workforce. Moreover, if there is a specific position that you are interested in, we recommend that you get in touch with the current board member serving in that position; he/she will be the best person to tell you about what the position entails and its rewards!
4/8/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Project CURE March Service Event
Join the MSA in volunteering at Project CURE on Saturday, March 19! We will meet at Kissam Center (near the munchy mart area) at 8:30AM and walk there together. Sign up here! https://docs.google.com/a/vanderbilt.edu/spreadsheets/d/1AE8mYFfjXU9biblczMXpB6aMnotkbQX-hLd9xJasnXY/edit?usp=sharing You must also register on the Project C.U.R.E. website. Instructions below: Go to www.projectcure.org Select Serve, Volunteer from the top menu bar Select the distribution center where you are going to volunteer from the drop down menu, this will open up the Events Registration Page for this location About halfway down the page are the words Use Reservation Code, click on this and enter the Registration Code at the bottom of this email Reservation code - HrP56i This will ask you for your email address and first name to check if you already have an account, if you do it will automatically register you for this group volunteer session, if you do not it will ask you to complete a registration form and be registered for this event. Below is some information about the organization: Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. Project C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare to their communities. Since its inception, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to needy people in more than 132 countries. We will be sorting medical supplies for those who are in desperate need. This will be a fun, engaging and hands-on experience. Also, please keep in mind the following: -Volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes in the warehouse. -Wear weather-appropriate clothing as it is colder in winters and warmer in summers. -Please arrive on-time.
3/19/2016 9:00:00 AM -05:000.0000
MSA/SACE GBM: A Case of Mistaken Identities: Generalized Islamophobia
The Muslim Students Association and the South Asian Cultural Exchange will be co-hosting this month's GBM! The theme of the discussion will be " A Case of Mistaken Identities: Generalized Islamophobia." We'll be sharing experiences and opinions about those who don't idenfity as Muslim, but are still typecasted as "potential terrorists." Individuals of South Asian descent in particular are some of the most common victims of this phenomenon. Whether you have your own experiences to share or want to listen and join the discussion, we'd love for you to come! Pizza will be served as well!
3/17/2016 7:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
Wadjda is a 2012 Saudi Arabian–German film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director and successfully earned a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 BAFTA Awards. Watch as Wadjda, an enterprising Saudi girl, signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her heart- despite the obstacles that stand in her path.
3/16/2016 7:30:00 PM -05:000.0000
Islamophobia in the West
Join Vanderbilt MSA along with the Wesley Fellowship as we commemorate the end of Islamic Awareness week with our cap off event! We will be hosting two renowned guest speakers, Dr. Todd Green and Dr. Jonathan Brown, who will address issues regarding the misconceptions about Islam. Namely, the focus of the event will be Islamophobia in the West. As always, we will be catering FREE delicious dinner and the event is open to all Vanderbilt students as well as members of the Nashville community! In the first portion Dr. Green, who is an Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College and Vanderbilt alum, will broadly cover the main causes and consequences of Islamophobia that have spanned Western history, and will also give attention to the unique factors that characterize the post-9/11 era. As we switch gears to the second portion after dinner, Dr. Brown, the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, will cover the root of Islamophobia with regard to commonly misinterpreted verses of the Quran and life of the Prophet. This is sure to be a great scholastic event and a great opportunity to hear some of the most acclaimed speakers on the topic! The rest of the Islamic Awareness Week events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648856158713410/ This event is also part of My Vanderbilt Experience
2/14/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
MSA: Islamic Awareness Week
The Vanderbilt Muslim Students Association is hosting its annual Islamic Awarenss Week during the second week of February! Drop by any of our events catered towards specific topics if you want to learn more about Islam and Islamaphobia. We'd love to have you there! Here are the events we'll be hosting during the week: Islam 101: Tuesday, February 9th, 6 PM, Black Cultural Center 118, more details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/182764488746015/ Meet a Muslim: Monday-Thursday, February 8th-11th, 11 AM- 1 PM on the Rand Wall World Hijab Day: Wednesday, February 10th more details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695131854086498/ Islamaphobia in the West: Sunday, February 14th, 6 PM, SLC Ballroom, more details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697993410475536/ All of these events are part of My Vanderbilt Experience
2/14/2016 12:00:00 AM -06:000.0000
Project CURE Service Event
Join the MSA in volunteering at Project CURE this Saturday! We will meet at Kissam at 11:30am and walk there together. Below is some information about the organization: Sign up here! https://docs.google.com/a/vanderbilt.edu/spreadsheets/d/10TPZWLO77QLhrVVsSZ0kfjWu13ZW_NvTSziroh5XlMY/edit?usp=sharing Sign up on the Project CURE Website here: https://www.cervistech.com/acts/console.php?console_id=0076&console_type=event_list&res_code=mRVvBu&ht=1 Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. Project C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare to their communities. Since its inception, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to needy people in more than 132 countries. We will be sorting medical supplies for those who are in desperate need. This will be a fun, engaging and hands-on experience. Also, please keep in mind the following: -Volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes in the warehouse. -Wear weather-appropriate clothing as it is colder in winters and warmer in summers. -Please arrive on-time.
1/23/2016 12:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
MSA GBM: Guest Speaker Hanif J. Williams
This general body meeting will be co-hosted by the Muslim Students Association and the Malaysian Students Association at Vanderbilt. Guest speaker Hanif J. Williams will be joining us to give his talk titled "Limitless." He will be addressing lifestyle topics including unleashing your potential, living your best life, and balancing school, family and religion. His lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. Hanif J. Williams will also be giving a kuthbah after Jummah on Friday, January 22nd at 12:30 in the All Faith Chapel. The GBM will be catered by Fattoush. Hope to see you there!
1/21/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:000.0000
We will be hosting our second halaqa of the semester, featuring guest speaker Asad Ansari, the youth director of the Islamic Center of Nashville. Asad will give a short 20 minute talk about service (theme of the month!) and its importance within Islam. Afterwards, we will pray Asr jammah. After the halaqa, we encourage everyone to stay and help MSA and UMR create hygeine kits for Syrian Refugees in Nahsville! InshaAllah, this will be a wonderful experience that will allow us to gain insight and participate in service! Please bring hangers, deodorant, and blankets!
11/14/2015 1:45:00 PM -06:000.0000
MSA on Ice
Come join the Muslim Students Association for a night of ice skating at Centennial Sportsplex! We'll be meeting at the Barnes and Noble on West End at 7:15 PM this Friday and walking there together (but if you can't make it, you're welcome to meet us at the sportsplex at 7:30). Whether you're just learning or can skate like a pro, we'd love to have you there! The price for entry is $7 and skate rental is $2.
11/13/2015 7:30:00 PM -06:000.0000
MSA: General Body Meeting
At this GBM we'll be mixing things up! We'll be hosting a discussion centered around a theme. This month's theme is service. In addition to discussing service in Islam, we'll also be making goodie bags for the Ronald McDonald House! In doing this, we hope to create a forum for thoughtful dialogue around issues and topics related to Islam and contribute to an amazing cause! As usual, all are welcome to attend and there will be FREE pizza!
11/10/2015 6:30:00 PM -06:000.0000
Social Justice in Islam: From Awareness to Action
Join us, as Vandy MSA along with the Islamic Center of Nashville and American Muslim Advisory Council, host renonwed guest speaker, Imam Marc Manley, who will address a wide spectrum of social justice issues and how they are addressed in Islam. Imam Manley is very well accredited and is the former chaplain of University of Pennsylvania and Religious Director at Inland Empire in California. He is also the author of the "Manrilla Blog - Exploring Islam in America Through the Social Sciences", where he writes about pertinent issues facing America’s Muslim community today. His writing has been recognized nationally through a number of venues and continues to recieve widespread acknowledgement. Imam Manley, who completed his ijazah (license) in the concentration of khutbah at Quba Institute, will address a number of social justice issues that have plagued our nation and Muslim community during his talk. This is a great event for all Muslims and non-Muslims alike; everyone is welcome to learn how to address Islamaphobia, racism, and much more! FREE PARKING will be made available. It will be located at Terrace Garage and is located at the intersection of 21st South Avenue and Terrace Place. We can use as many parking spaces as we need as long as they are not one of the reserved spots or pay spots. Directions are here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Terrace+Place+Garage,+Nashville,+TNfirstname.lastname@example.org,-86.8008513,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x88646695d6a13817:0x7b537fed0d65722b
11/6/2015 6:30:00 PM -06:000.0000
The Muslim Students Association will be hosting a halaqa in the annex (behind Featheringill and next to the Office of Religious Life) at 6:00 on Tuesday, October 20th. We will pray Maghrib and then listen to a 30 minute halaqa from a guest speaker. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Islam. Hope to see you there!
10/20/2015 6:00:00 PM -05:000.0000
MSA General Body Meeting
Our second GBM will be held in Featheringill 110 at 6:30PM on October 13th. Free food will be served. We'll be holding freshman representative elections at this meeting. Please fill out the application form here before October 12th: http://bit.ly/1RvOZQy Hope to see you there!
10/13/2015 6:30:00 PM -05:000.0000