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.

Newsletter 3/23

State of Failure: Are the Palestinians Ready for a Two State Solution?

Today | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | JMHH F45
This week, Obama is traveling to the Middle East to engage in the ongoing dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. But Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President of Research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, questions whether the Palestinians are ready for a two-state solution. Come join Dorm Room Diplomacy for a thought-provoking presentation and an engaging academic discussion on the history, diplomatic relations, and inner-workings of the West Bank and Gaza Strip governments. Schanzer’s perspective on this often-neglected subject will help us better understand the news that we read today!
Refreshments from Manakeesh will be served!
Check out the Facebook Event.

MSA Tea Party & Board Game Night

Wednesday|6:30-8 pm|Religious Activities Commons, Basement of Grad Student Center

Come enjoy tea while playing a board game called Quelf led by grad student Abeer Minhas! Quelf, the infamous go-to boardgame-night game of Binghamton University, is basically a vapid version of Cranium. I guarantee you it will be the most ridiculous board game you will ever play. It’s also absurdly fun and presents a great bonding-experience-opportunity. You might be asked to build and hide in a fort for a minute, with no warning to others unexpectedly yodel a song backwards, or become a ventriloquist and puppeteer the person next to you! So come ready to play and ready for shay (tea in Arabic)!
Check out the Facebook Event.

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.

Tour the New Religious Life Space

Tuesday|3/25|3:30 pm-5:30 pm & Saturday|3/29|12pm-2pm
The Chaplain’s Office is opening the suite in Houston Hall where Religious Life will be relocating at two times this week for you all to get an idea of what we will be working with. The times are Tuesday 3/25 at 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm and Saturday 3/29 at 12pm – 2pm. It is located on the second floor of Houston. Take the stairs that are nearest to the Creperie.

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.

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.

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.

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

Newsletter 3/18

Change in Regular Salat Times

Due to Daylight Savings, the congregational Dhuhr prayer in the RAC will now be performed every weekday at 1:30 PM instead of the original time of 12:30.

Wadjda“Wadjda” Screening

Wednesday, 3/19/14 |7 pm-9 pm|JMHH F70

Join MSA, Penn Arab Student Society, and Penn Consortium for Undergraduate Women for a screening of the new film “Wadjda,” the story of a young Saudi Arabian girl who undergoes challenges of financial hardships, cultural misogyny, and the universal struggles of growing up as a teenager. Free Middle Eastern refreshments will also be provided.
Join the Facebook event and watch the trailer.

MSANYYearly MSA Trip to NYC!

Saturday, 3/22/14 |7 am-8:40 pm|NYC, NY

Join the MSA this Saturday on a spectacular adventure to the one and only NYC! “The New York Trip,” as it is affectionately known, merited raving reviews last year and promises to be just as incredible of a bonding and travel experience this year, God Willing. All details are in this Facebook event. Remember, buy your tickets as soon as possible!

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.

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.

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

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.

“Visions in International Development” Exhibit

April 26|Bodek Lounge

In PennSID’s annual charity photo exhibit, this silent auction will showcase photos related to development and 100% of proceeds go to a TBD non-profit organization. If you have photos that you think showcase development, international or in the United States, please submit them! Pictures will be accepted through March 31st and will be auctioned off to members of the Penn and greater Philadelphia community at the event on April 26th in Bodek Lounge.
For those interested in submitting photos, here’s how:
1. Fill out this Google form
2. Email your photos to photoexhibit2014@gmail.com

Tip: Try to submit the highest resolution photographs you have!

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 31st
**There is no limit to how many photos you can submit.
If you wish to submit more than four photos just create another form.**
Join the Facebook event
If you have any questions, feel free to email Amy or Deqa at amycass@sas.upenn.edu or deqa@sas.upenn.edu. We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Newsletter 3/6

Coffee Chats

Wednesdays|11:45-12:45 pm|Ground Floor of Grad Student Center

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? Starting this week, inshAllah, our president, 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. Vice president, Hanna, will be available starting next week on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm. Come to get to know one another, chat about MSA, or any other topic of your choice.

 

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.

 

Photography Fundraiser for Syria

From March 1st to March 15th, visit http://zujajacreative.com/syria-photo-campaign/ to buy 12″ x 12″ photo prints with proceeds benefitting for a field hospital in Syria. The situation in Syria is dire. Any contributions are helpful. If you have questions, please contact hello@zujajacreative.com.

 

Annual International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)

June 11-12 (Pre-Conference Training), 13-14 (Main Conference)|George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Join more than 100 presenters from around the globe in what promises to be an engaging and inter-disciplinary event showcasing award-winning initiatives related to the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.  The 2014 conference highlights policies and practices that give consideration to the important aspects of cultural identity including, but not limited to, race, religion, ability, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Choose from 30+ workshops, 6 keynotes, 9 pre-conference trainings, and additional special events.  Scholarships to attend are available for students studying in the United States – Penn students are among those being shown preference.  (scholarship form attached – due March 14th)

This is an opportunity for you to learn from and network with some of the brightest and most accomplished educators, psychologists, journalists, film directors, government and non-government organizations from different parts of the world!

All conference workshops, trainings, and keynotes are posted at: www.CREducation.org/cre/goto/creconf

 

Questions? Please contact Ahad Shah at ahad@sas.upenn.edu or Jennifer Batton, Conference Coordinator, George Mason University, at creconf@gmu.edu.

Newsletter 2/27

Chaplain Chat & Chew Potluck

Thurs. Feb 27|6-8 pm|TBA

Missed the last informal gathering with our Chaplain Kameelah Rashad? No worries, join us for this month’s gathering. InshAllah it will offer an opportunity for students to get to know our chaplain, ask questions, and build community and of course food!

UTM-fridayJummah

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.

Brothers’ Basketball

Saturdays|11:30am|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.

 

Bring Fawakih to Philadelphia!

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. http://bit.ly/phillypoll