Sheikh Yahya Rhodus for Jumuah!

Come join the Penn MSA community for Friday congregational prayer! Inshallah we will be joined by Sheikh Yahya Rhodus in Platt Rehearsal Hall on the 2nd floor of Houston Hall at 1:15pm. Sheikh Yahya Rhodus studied various sciences including Tafsir, Hadith, theology, jurisprudence, legal theory, the Prophetic biography, and Arabic poetry.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,
“On Friday there is a particular time if a Muslim happens to be praying and invoking Allah for something good during that time, Allah will surely fulfill his request.”

Weekly Halaqa by Chaplain Patricia Anton

halaqa

Join our amazing Chaplain Patty every Wednesday afternoon as she leads us through a halaqa series on The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam, a chapter of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya Uloom ad-Din. Tea and good company included.

(Technically, a masjid silhouetted by the sunset is not included, but the halaqa is just as beautiful as this photo.)

Weekly event, Wednesdays at 6pm, in the reflection room in SPARC

Halal Food Starting at King’s Court English House!

Starting Monday the 25th of January, English House (36th and Sansom) will be serving Halal Food on request! Anyone wishing to eat Halal can simply request halal meat at the counter for lunch and dinner. Furthermore, once a week the expo station will be featuring an ethnic halal dish!

Please help out the staff by letting them know of your arrival in advance; RSVP at upennmsa.org/halalrsvp. We hope to see you there!

New Alternate Jummah time + Winter Wonderland!

Jum’uah

Friday, Nov 20 | 1:05pm | Platt Rehearsal Room, 2nd floor of Houston Hall

Jum’uah today will be held in Platt Rehearsal Room on the 2nd floor of Houston Hall at 1:05pm. Alternate jum’uah will be in the same room earlier at 12:15pm.

MSA Winter Wonderland

Sat, Nov 21 | 12am-2am | Penn Ice Rink

The Penn Muslim Students Association is glad to bring back to you the hottest event held on ice: Our Penn MSA Winter Wonderland!

Join us for our annual FREE midnight skating event tonight, open to ALL college students. We will provide ice skates that will make you glide like an eagle! We will have hot chocolate, brownies, and cookies that will not only melt your tongue but also your heart!

Please note that registration has closed, and we cannot guarantee entry if you have not already registered. But we are still looking for volunteers – which is a good way to ensure you get a chance to skate! Sign up to volunteer here
So we hope to see you all there! FB event here

UA Airport Shuttles

Tues and Wed, Nov 24-25

Flying home for Thanksgiving Break? Want to save money and travel with ease? Sign up for the UA’s Airport Shuttle!

Leaving from the Upper Quad Gate every hour from 12pm-7pm on Tuesday the 24th and 7am- 6pm on Wednesday the 25th. Drop-off is at all Departure Terminals A-F at Philadelphia International Airport. Remember to allow enough time to get to airport and account for traffic and security screenings when booking your reservation.

Only $6.50 – Reserve your spot now.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/penn-ua-airport-thanksgiving-shuttle-services-tickets-19563644387

Please email shuttles@pennua.org with any questions!

Interfaith Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck

Tues, Nov 24 | 7pm | TBD

Super informal small potluck with some other faith groups around campus! You can sign up to bring something here

Fawakih Winter Program

Dec 19-31

Find below a message from the Fawakih team about an amazing winter opportunity!

“Join us for Fawakih’s 3rd Annual Winter Program, “The Language of Prayer” from 12/19 to 12/31! Early Registration ends 10/31!

Whether you are a beginner to Arabic or have been studying the language for years, our Winter Program is a unique opportunity to take your studies to the next level in just 2 weeks!

Students will cover the equivalent of one semester in Fawakih’s year-long Quranic Arabic program (focused on grammar, morphology and reading) in just 2 weeks. Arabic classes are linked to classes on prayer (Tafsir of Surat al-Fatiha, du’as of payer, the virtues of various supererogatory prayers, etc.), providing students with a more meaningful study of the language. In addition, special evening lectures and our first Places of Prayer Festival will insha’Allah make the program a unique cultural and community experience you won’t forget!

For more information about the program, visit www.fawakihwinter.com or email winter@fawakih.com. We hope you’ll join us this December!

Warm regards,
Fawakih Team”

أَوَلَا يَذْكُرُ الْإِنْسَانُ أَنَّا خَلَقْنَاهُ مِنْ قَبْلُ وَلَمْ يَكُ شَيْئًا
“Does man not remember that We created him before, while he was nothing?” (Surah Maryam, 19:67)

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.