Daily Prayer Times in the SPARC

The daily prayer times schedule has finally been set for the SPARC for the 2014-2015 school year! The SPARC will be open from 10am to 9pm on Mondays through Thursdays, 10am to 5pm on Fridays, 12pm to 4pm on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.Please try to pray at the suggested times so that we can all pray as a group. A second prayer will be held 30 minutes afterwards for those who cannot make it.

Prayer Times

Celebrate Eid Al-Adha with the Penn MSA!

The Penn MSA wants to celebrate Eid with you! Come join us as we celebrate one of Islam’s major holidays! And we have a day full of events for you! Visit the Facebook event for more information!

Eid Prayer (9:00 AM, Golkin Room)

We will be holding Eid Prayer in the Golkin Room in the second floor of Houston Hall. Takbeers will start at 8:45am, and the Eid Prayer will begin at 9am. There will be a Eid khutbah and free delicious breakfast afterwards.

Eid Lunch (1:00 PM, Harrison College House M20)

There will be a Eid lunch at 1pm in Harrison Room M20. Come in your best ethnic clothing, and we will provide ethnic foods and games to bond over. Bring any food or drinks you’d like to share for Eid!

Eid Dinner (7:00 PM, Depart from Harnwell College House)

We’ll be having an Eid dinner as a group at Kabul, a delicious Afghani restaurant on 106 Chestnut Street. Please come dressed nicely and arrive on time, as we will be leaving Harnwell at 7pm sharp. SEPTA subway tokens will be provided. Please RSVP if you would like to come.

Eid Activities at Night (9:30pm, Harnwell College House)

After dinner, we will be holding some fun activities inshallah on campus, either a game night or movie night. Please bring any fun games or great movies if you can!

If you have any questions, please email habeebsuara@gmail.com or ayousef@sas.upenn.edu

Newsletter: 9/10/14

SPARC Opening Receptions and PRISM GBM

Wed. 6-8 | Class of ’49 Auditorium

Come see the new religious space and connect with other religious groups on campus and the chaplain’s office. Chaz will be speaking and food will be served.

 

Islamic Discovery Series: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Sept. 12-26 | Campus-wide

Insha Allah, the MSA has a lot of exciting events coming up for the two-week Islamic Discovery Series. But we are going to need YOUR HELP! IF you are interested in volunteering, donating, or helping out for an event, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tfonrWFr8_eh4l2TxmQ45vDrWOuIYBJr-pCTRt_edb0/viewform?usp=send_form

Events are listed below:

 

#EPTalks Presents: Islam & Evolution – Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Sept. 12 | 7-9 pm | Bodek Lounge

FREE ADMISSION: Dr. Yasir Qadhi is in Philadelphia to analyze the theory of evolution from scientific and theological perspectives. The first of three Philadelphia #EPTalks. Part of UPenn’s Islam Discovery Week – You must register to attend.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/510797615732064/

 

Islamic Cultural Food Lounge

Sept. 15 | 7 pm | Bodek Lounge

To kick off the Islamic Discovery Series, the Muslim Students Association, along with PASA, BSA, PPS and PennWorld, invites you to experience (free!) foods of different cultures with Muslim populations from around the world.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/533004633466247/

 

Speed Faith-ing

Sept. 18 | 8-9:30 pm | JMHH F45

Interested in discussing and learning about other religions? Come join the Penn MSA for Speed Faithing, part of our Islamic Discovery Series.
Participants will be “speed dating” to answer questions about how they view religion and faith. Everyone will have a chance to speak their say in a stress-free environment.
People of all religious beliefs and backgrounds are invited! Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

FB event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/726573550711096/

 

Dialogue Under Abraham’s Tent (DAT)

Sept. 16|6:30-8 pm | TBA

DAT is back, and our first dialogue dinner will be in a few weeks on Tuesday, September 16th, from 6:30-8pm. This time our dialogue topic is “Chosenness and Universality in Scripture.” So if you ever wondered about God choosing certain groups of people (or a certain group, or certain individuals) and giving them special privileges and responsibilities, or about whether God does this in the first place (and is it/would it be just, and what is/would be its purpose), or asked why/how you can be a Christian or Muslim no matter what you’re ethnically (including aliens?), or about… or if you’re just interested in free kosher food, come and join us.
Hope to see you there!

 

Jummah

Jummah will be held on the 2nd floor of Houston Hall in Platt Rehearsal Room. Khutba starts at 1:15pm and inshallah prayer will end at 2pm.

 

Returning to Al-Bustan’s Roots at Morris Arboretum

Sept. 20 | All day | Morris Arboretum

We are thrilled to return to Morris Arboretum where Al-Bustan Camp started back in July 2002. In fact, it was Morris Arboretum’s beautiful gardens that inspired the name Al-Bustan (Arabic for “the garden”). Join us as we literally return to our roots in celebration of Arab heritage.Guests will enjoy music and hands-on activities in traditional Arabic art: geometric pattern-making with Al-Bustan Teaching Artist Tremain Smith and Arabic calligraphy. Tours highlighting trees in the Arboretum’s collection that originate from Arab countries will be offered throughout the day.

Link for more info: http://albustanseeds.org/2014/08/sept-20-returning-to-al-bustan-roots-at-morris-arboretum/

 

Alternate Jummah survey

We understand that our set Jummah time of 1:15 pm is not convenient for everybody. If this time is not ideal for you, please fill out the following survey to indicate your preferred time and help us keep count of how many people cannot benefit from the current services.

Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GlaUo90gzeEvyLgEpsR5niy83VbwDJNzex0YJmpYUUE/viewform

 

Newsletter: 8/30/14

Opening of the new Religious Life Center

We’ve said goodbye to our first religious space, the Religious Activities Commons (fondly known as the “RAC”). Now, it’s time to open our hearts to a sparkling, brand-new facility: SPARC, the Spiritual and Religious Life Center located on the second floor, east wing of Houston Hall. The space features a lounge room with those cushy sofas from the days of the RAC; a professional but intimate meeting room; and, of course, a moderately stylish prayer room (Room 247) to house regular prayers. (As mentioned in a previous e-mail, Jummah prayers will be taking place in the adjacent Platt Rehearsal Room.) The facility also includes bathrooms with a foot-washing station, as well as free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to be enjoyed with courtesy. Stop by and stay awhile to chat with your MSA friends (and Chaz!), pray in such a peaceful setting, or just do your homework. Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs: 10 am-9 pm
Fri: 10 am-5 pm
Sat: 12 pm-4 pm
Sun: Closed

FIRST upcoming GBM!

Sept. 9 | 7 -9 pm | Houston Hall, Class of ’49 auditorium
Our FIRST GBM is only a little over a week away! Come on out to meet all your loving and diverse Muslim peers, enjoy a delicious free dinner, and hear from the people who make it all happen. We will also be offering a TOUR of the new prayer space (see above). RSVP to the Facebook event and invite/tell your friends, Muslim or not! Don’t be a square!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1523009214580178/?fref=ts

Islamic Discovery Series

Sept. 12-26 | Campus-wide
It’s that time of year again! Islamic Awareness Week is back, but with slight modifications. Due to the extensive planning required for the events, we have extended it to two weeks (hence the name change). We need YOUR help organizing such activities such as those listed below. As you can see, we will be hosting Yasir Qadhi to speak on the topic of Islam and Evolution on the night of the 12th. Please contact any MSA board or board council member if you are interested in participating—we appreciate anything you can contribute!
Event schedule:

Evening: Sermon Slam

Part 1 (12th-15th) Week 1 (15th-21st) Week 2 (22nd – 26th)
Monday Evening: Islamic Cultural Event
Tuesday Daytime: Handing Out Roses
Wednesday Evening: Islamic Discussion Daytime: Faculty Luncheon
Thursday Evening: Speed Faith-ing Evening: Movie/Discussion Event
Friday Evening: Yasir Qadhi Daytime: Jummah on the Green
Sunday Daytime: Community Service

 

Potential for alternate Jummah

We understand that our set Jummah time of 1:15 pm is not convenient for everybody. If this time is not ideal for you, please fill out the following survey to indicate your preferred time and help us keep count of how many people cannot benefit from the current services.
Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GlaUo90gzeEvyLgEpsR5niy83VbwDJNzex0YJmpYUUE/viewform

MSA Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is seeking members for the 2014-2015 term, beginning in September. The Advisory Board provides guidance to the Executive Board of the MSA on issues including, but not limited to: campus presence, overall growth and long-term vision, internal conflict resolution, and the interpretation and implementation of the MSA’s Constitution. Board members are expected to attend monthly conference calls, to contribute their energy and ideas, and to work as a member of a team that seeks to ensure that the MSA is supported in its ongoing development and success. Advisory Board members are typically Penn MSA alumni with MSA Executive Board experience, but may also be current or past Penn graduate students, or anyone regardless of experience or alma mater who might be uniquely qualified to contribute. While it is difficult to estimate the anticipated time commitment, board members should be prepared to devote at least 2 hours per month to board-related activities. Board members need not live in the Philadelphia-area. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ben Herzig ’03 at Ben815 [at] gmail [dot] com. The deadline to communicate your interest is August 30th.

Newsletter: 8/23/14

Welcome to the Class of 2018, and welcome back to our returning students! As many of you already know, religious life on campus along with MSA have moved to Houston Hall. We are located on the 2nd floor in the furthest east section of the building, Suite 240. There are a few changes along with the move which we will now explain. Please, if you read only one thing in this email, read the following paragraph.

This week is going to be different from the rest of the semester. Currently, we have a prayer space set up in the back room of the suite (Room 245—you can’t miss it). Also, there will be a sign to direct you. Room 245 will be the prayer space for all five salat throughout the day from now until after Labor Day. After Labor Day, zhuhr prayers alone will be held in Platt Rehearsal Room (right next to suite) and starting at 4pm (essentially asr, maghrib, and isha) we will have prayer space back in room 245. We understand this sounds confusing, so please bear with us. There will be signs indicating where the prayer is at all times. So you don’t need to remember all this word-for-word, but just be aware ahead of time of what’s happening. Additionally, Jummah from now on will be held in Platt Rehearsal Room, inshallah.

Islamic Discovery Series

Sept. 12-26 | Campus-wide
It’s that time of year again! Islamic Awareness Week is back, but with slight modifications. Due to the extensive planning required for the events, we have extended it to two weeks (hence the name change). We need YOUR help organizing such activities as: Cultural Food Lounge, Movie/Discussion, Speed Faith-ing (interfaith), Community Service, Faculty Luncheon, Jummah on the Green, and advertising on Locust Walk. Furthermore, we will be hosting Yasir Qadhi to speak on the topic of Islam and Evolution on the night of the 12th. Please contact any MSA board or board council member if you are interested in participating—we appreciate anything you can contribute!

New Students Activities

Tonight, Aug. 23 | 11 pm-1am | Houston Hall, main lobby, first floor
TONIGHT, MSA will be holding its famous and much-anticipated CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA! Join the Muslim Students Association and PennWorld for yummy chocolate-covered treats and a chance to mingle with freshmen and upperclassmen while experiencing different cultures at Penn! (Don’t miss out on chocolate fountains!)

MSA Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is seeking members for the 2014-2015 term, beginning in September. The Advisory Board provides guidance to the Executive Board of the MSA on issues including, but not limited to: campus presence, overall growth and long-term vision, internal conflict resolution, and the interpretation and implementation of the MSA’s Constitution. Board members are expected to attend monthly conference calls, to contribute their energy and ideas, and to work as a member of a team that seeks to ensure that the MSA is supported in its ongoing development and success. Advisory Board members are typically Penn MSA alumni with MSA Executive Board experience, but may also be current or past Penn graduate students, or anyone regardless of experience or alma mater who might be uniquely qualified to contribute. While it is difficult to estimate the anticipated time commitment, board members should be prepared to devote at least 2 hours per month to board-related activities. Board members need not live in the Philadelphia-area. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ben Herzig ’03 at Ben815 [at] gmail [dot] com. The deadline to communicate your interest is August 30th.

50th Anniversary Gala and Alumni Banquet tomorrow

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50th Anniversary Gala and Alumni Banquet

Sat | 4/19 | 6pm
The time is here to celebrate the 50 years of Penn MSA legacy with Penn Ummah old and new! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW HERE! Early bird special is $10 for students ($25 for alumni/non-students) and lasts until Wed. April 16th 5pm. After that its $15/$30 online until Friday April 18th 5pm and $20/$40 at the door. This is the event of the season and you don’t want to miss out! (Formal attire encouraged).

Student-Alumni Mixers

Sat | 4/19 | 12am & 10pm
Come out and meet alumni. Woohoo! At noon on Saturday weather permitting, we will be on the field between Rodin and Hillel (and the backup location is Capogiro). Please check the Facebook page the day of for a confirmation of the location. Then after the banquet we will play games in the Rodin Underground.

UnMosqued Philadelphia Premiere

UnMosqued is a documentary film which aims to highlight the growing need for reform in many of the mosques found in America. It is clear that many youth who are likely to be second or even third generation Americans have felt judged or unwelcome at a mosque. It may be the degree of friendliness or a lack of ownership that breeds this feeling. Masajid may not be doing enough to attract and retain the youth, which further alienates the future members of the community from using the mosque space for their spiritual growth. Register online using the link below for $10 or $15 at the door.
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Newsletter 4/7

Interfaith Dialogue: Women in Prayer Spaces

Wed, April 9|6-7:45|RAC

Join the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities this Wednesday evening for a cutting-edge discussion on women in the prayer space across different religious traditions. Food from Mama’s Falalel will also be provided. For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Fundraising in Memory of Fatima

Some former classmates of Fatimah Rahman, are raising funds in her memory. The fund will be used to help renovate Masjid Jamia. The fundraising is being done online. We recently obtained the link from some of those involved. There are still about 80 days left for you do donate so please do so. (fi sabili llah)

Muppies Summer Interns Welcome Event

As we gear up for the summer, our local Muppies chapters will be hosting intern welcome events to support and invite Muslim students in major cities across the country. This will be our third year hosting the welcome events and we had over 100 students that registered last year. Don’t miss out, be sure to register here.

MSA Housing Application

Looking for a Muslim roommate for next year? Sign up to find a suitable roommate if you haven’t found one already. Let the roommate matching begin!

Jummah

Fridays|1:15|Emily Sachs Room Jummah this week will be held in Emily Sachs Room in Irvine Auditorium. Please arrive promptly, so as not to miss prayer. For those who can’t make this, insh’Allah there will be an alternate Jummah in the RAC starting at 12:15pm.

Weekly Qur’an Halaqa

Mondays|6:45-8 pm|Religious Activities Commons, Basement of Grad Student Center All are welcome to join this weekly circle of brothers and sisters in Islam who discuss Qur’anic tajweed/recitation and tafseer/exegesis with learned brother Mohamed Osama. No RSVP of any kind required.

Brothers’ Basketball

Saturdays|11:30 am|Pottruck
Within our deen, emphasis is placed on spiritual health and growth. However, we sometimes forget that physical and mental health are also important parts of our religious service. After all, Allah trusts us with these bodies from birth and it is our responsibility to value and protect them. So come join up for a pick-up basketball in Pottruck to relieve some stress while fulfilling a sunnah. Every Saturday @ 11:30 AM

Presidential Coffee and Tea with the VP

Ever had a suggestion for an MSA event? Want to let us know how to better serve the community? Or do you just want to chat? El Presidente, Menvekeh, will be available for a Coffee Chat on Wednesdays on the ground floor of the Graduate Student Center from 12:45pm to 1:45pm. “Tea with the VP” will be on Tuesdays 12:15 to 1:15pm. Come to get to know one another, chat about MSA, or any other topic of your choice.

Newsletter 3/31

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Sat, April 5 |11 am-4pm|High Rise Field
Join the MSA in welcoming the West Philly community onto Penn’s campus for a free barbecue, soccer, football, cricket, a moon bounce and a dunk tank! Also arts and crafts tables by your favorite student groups.

In addition, this year, the MSA Family Fair will be going green, using recyclable plates & utensils, sustainable meat, and providing compost containers for anything disposable!

So come join the Penn MSA for its 11th Annual Family Fair! An unforgettable Penn MSA tradition!

Volunteers Needed for Family Fair

Our annual Family Fair for the West Philadelphia community is here once again! This event is one of the biggest and most rewarding that we as an organization put on. But we cannot do it alone. In order to make this year just as successful if not more successful than ever, we are going to need your help! So please take a moment to sign up for a shift of your choice here. Shifts include arts & crafts table, dunk tank help, moonbounce help, playing sports with the children, and more! For more information, contact Habeeb Suara (habeebsuara@gmail.com) or Chouaib Hihi (chihi@sas.upenn.edu)

Supports Grassroots Food Truck!

Troy Harris and Kareem Wallace, who are cooks in Penn’s Hillel dining hall (the only kosher/halal dining hall on campus), are trying to start their own food truck business on campus. Their food truck, “Grassroots,” will do much more than just serve breakfast and lunch; Troy and Kareem want to open their own business in order to show children in their neighborhoods who are at risk for finding illegal alternatives to legal employment that their options are not limited to degrading, low-wage employment on the one hand, or illegal work on the other. “We’ll show kids that there’s somebody to look up to who came from the neighborhood and made it, not by going fast..but by working hard.” Please find more information about the food truck by reading the description on the campaign website. In order for them to be able to purchase the food cart they must fulfill their fundrasising goal (see link above), so any donations are appreciated. Contact ssirajee@wharton.upenn.edu with questions.

Jummah

Fridays|1:15|Emily Sachs Room Jummah this week will be held in Emily Sachs Room in Irvine Auditorium. Please arrive promptly, so as not to miss prayer. For those who can’t make this, insh’Allah there will be an alternate Jummah in the RAC starting at 12:15pm.

Weekly Qur’an Halaqa

Mondays|6:45-8 pm|Religious Activities Commons, Basement of Grad Student Center All are welcome to join this weekly circle of brothers and sisters in Islam who discuss Qur’anic tajweed/recitation and tafseer/exegesis with learned brother Mohamed Osama. No RSVP of any kind required.

Brothers’ Basketball

Saturdays|11:30 am|Pottruck
Within our deen, emphasis is placed on spiritual health and growth. However, we sometimes forget that physical and mental health are also important parts of our religious service. After all, Allah trusts us with these bodies from birth and it is our responsibility to value and protect them. So come join up for a pick-up basketball in Pottruck to relieve some stress while fulfilling a sunnah. Every Saturday @ 11:30 AM

Presidential Coffee and Tea with the VP

Ever had a suggestion for an MSA event? Want to let us know how to better serve the community? Or do you just want to chat? El Presidente, Menvekeh, will be available for a Coffee Chat on Wednesdays on the ground floor of the Graduate Student Center from 12:45pm to 1:45pm. “Tea with the VP” will be on Tuesdays 12:15 to 1:15pm. Come to get to know one another, chat about MSA, or any other topic of your choice.

Bring Fawakih to Philadelphia

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu,

Fawakih, a rapidly-growing institute that teaches Quranic Arabic in 7 chapters across the US, is now exploring whether to start offering courses in the Philadelphia area!

The primary objective of Fawakih’s year-round part-time program is to enable students to learn the language of the Quran without interrupting their work and education or being limited to online or only summer residential options. Classes would be offered with 3 instructional hours a week over the course of 8 months. Students engage Quranic vocabulary (mufradat al Quran), understand various sentence components (nahw), and dissect words and understand patterns (awzan) to gain a deeper understanding of the root meanings (sarf), all in order to gain access to the Quran, Prophetic teachings, and the works of great scholars.

This is an incredible opportunity to take advantage of the excellent curriculum, teachers and resources that Fawakih provides, right here in the Philadelphia area, and to become part of a growing student body of Fawakih students (currently over 100) in the US.

Fawakih has launched a poll to gauge the level of interest in studying Quranic Arabic in the Philadelphia area and to determine where potential students are located (to identify where best to launch Fawakih’s classes).

If you are interested, please click here to fill out the poll. Please also share this email with your friends, family and communities and encourage them to do the same.