Assalamu alaykum everyone and good evening. Hopefully I did not disturb your Pokemon Go efforts in catching a Dratini! I would like to call your attention to an important event taking place on the LUC campus tomororrow. There will be a memorial vigil on campus for the tragic victims of shootings that took place this past week. Tomorrow (7/13/16) at 8:30 PM CST on the East Quad there is a vigil for Philando Castle and Alton Sterling. This event is organized by the greater Loyola Community and we would like to spread the word as an organization on campus. Come out to support social justice and to have a meaningful interaction with people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. We pray to Allah (swt) he protect us all and make it easier for people of all colors and backgrounds to be able to live peacefully without a fear for their life. Ameen. #BlackLivesMatter #RestInPower ... See MoreSee Less
Assalamu Alaykum everyone! It is my honor to wish an Eid Mubarak to all! InshaAllah this was a productive Ramadan and a fulfilling one. With all of the trying events taking place around us, I hope we all enjoy this Eid with absolute fervor. Be that uplifting spirit that puts a smile on your Muslim brother or sister's face. Only Allah knows if this is our last Eid or not. Just a couple helpful reminders/thoughts.
Tonight, the night before Eid, is known as Laylatul Jaa'izah (literally, the night of the prize). Unfortunately, it's common for us to regress into our bad habits as soon as Ramadan ends. Don't do this! The Prophet (SAW) would spend this night in worship and in du'a, and is reported to have stated:
"Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die." (Ibn Majah)
It's important that you spend a little time in worship, and that you make du'a that your fasts are accepted. This is also a good time to make any other du'as you wish to make. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can lower your metaphoricial shield from the Shaytaan which is Ibadat but we cannot fall for this trap. Tomorrow at your Eid celebration smile a lot tomorrow and hug your Muslim brothers and sisters tightly. I pray everyone has a blessed Eid. May your Eid be imbued with happiness and Eidi. And may Allah accept all of our efforts in Ramadan. Ameen! عيد مبارك.
**There will be Eid Salat tomorrow morning at 7:45 AM in the Loyola Musallah located in Damen Student Center. The Khateeb is Ahmed Mian.** ... See MoreSee Less
Assalamu Alaykum everyone, we are almost at the last ten days of Ramadan and this is crunch time. This is game 7 and this is when we need to give the most attention to our actions and words if we have not already. We must check ourselves to see what is working and what is not working so that we can capture the success in this time for intensified effort and spirituality. Ramadan may just be slipping away. InshaAllah we use these final days wisely and Allah showers us with blessings. On a separate note, I wanted to share with you all something that should make you smile. With Allah's (swt) grace, we as a community were able to donate $3,000 dollars to the Zakat Foundation for orphans in need of our help. Attached to this post are some profiles and a document which gives some logistics. This is something to be very proud of and inshaAllah with generous donations we can continue to support these orphans. May Allah reward all who contributed. This is truly incredible because the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was an orphan himself. To paraphrase a Hadith, "Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, 'The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,' and he held his two fingers together to illustrate." (Authentic according to Al-Bukhari). SubhanAllah. MashaAllah. Alhamdulilah. ... See MoreSee Less
Assalamu alaykum everyone! We are halfway through Ramadan and this is a good time to check ourselves too see if we have taken full advantage of this month. This is our halftime, our intermission, and our midpoint. This month is far too important to let slip away. On a separate note, I have an important announcement for all. On Sunday, July 24th, IlmFest will be taking place in Chicago all day. This is undoubtedly an event you do not want to miss. There will be world class speakers and unique events like chai chats and a talent show. For those gamers there's even a rumor of an NBA 2K16 tournament in the works. So slide through for this unique spiritual uplifting event. You do not want to miss out! This is your PR Director signing off for now. Stay blessed and stay woke for Qiyamyl Layl. IlmFest Chicago - The Festival of Knowledge... See MoreSee Less
Assalamu Alaykum everyone. Firstly I would like to wish everyone Ramadan Mubarak! It is an incredible blessing for us to have made it here healthy and be given the opportunity to witness this amazing month. InshaAllah we take full advantage of this most blessed month. We ask that Allah accepts from all of us and makes this month a means for success in this world and the next!
InshAllah, we are blessed enough to be holding taraweeh prayers on campus from Monday-Thursday every week of Ramadan. We will be praying Isha, followed by 8 rakaat of taraweeh. Please see the below information for this week's taraweeh details.
Time and location for this week's taraweeh: June 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th at 10:20 P.M. CST in Santa Clara MPR
This is your PR director signing off for now and wishing you a blessed and productive Ramadan! 🙏🌙 ... See MoreSee Less
May they serve you all in the best way possible inshaAllah. And remember, this may be the shura, but all of you are who make MSA possible, so be sure to get involved and join committees and stick around! I hope this wonderful community continues to grow stronger and beautiful!
Signing out for real this time, Zainab aka Z aka Queen
(PS: STAY TUNED FOR EXCITING TARAWEEH ON CAMPUS NEWS AND RAMADAN MUBARAK 🎉🎉) ... See MoreSee Less
Assalamu Alaykum everyone, my name is Usman Haseeb and I am the MSA PR director and I hope you are all having a great summer thus far! First of all I would like to welcome any incoming freshmen to Loyola University Chicago and congrats on choosing a great school. This page is very useful for anyone who wants to be in the loop for events on campus and other valuable information pertaining to the MSA. This is just a quick post to share with you all a link we have on google docs for people looking for roommates beginning fall 2016. Following this post there is a useful link for people who are looking to have Muslim roommates. There is an option for people looking to dorm and people who want to live "off campus" in an apartment. If you have any questions please ask. That is all for now. ... See MoreSee Less
Assalaamu alaykum all! I hope you are having a beautiful (although a bit colder than anticipated) start to your summer vacation! Tomorrow, we will be holding a graduation jumu'ah in the Damen Musallah (Damen 235) at 1 pm, inshaAllah. We hope to see everyone graduating tomorrow and their families; everyone else on or near campus is encouraged to join!!! :) Let's give our graduates a proper farewell as they begin the next phase of their lives!
Missed the 1pm khutbah because you were final-ing too hard? Fret not, the next one will be at 3:15pm in Damen MPR North inshaAllah! Take a break and pray for your grades, the Lord knows you need it! ... See MoreSee Less
Salaam brothers and sisters! Insha'Allah, this Friday, we will be having out last Fajr by the lake at 5:15 AM. And why not? Many of you will be pulling all nighters anyway. It will be between the chapel and the lake. We will try to provide prayer rugs for everybody, but if you have your own, please bring them!! If you have any questions, please ask! Jazzakum Allahu Khairan, and may Allah grant you all the best grades of your class on your finals.
UYZ. If you weren't already aware, not only is today the potluck/jeopardy, but it is also our annual Mozaffar Appreciation Day!! And in order to appreciate him, we have made a card that we would love for you to sign. It will be in the musalla all day, so at least write your name and spread the word iA! But of course, don't let your appreciation of our beloved professor stop you from giving your all at jeopardy tonight. The reign must end. ... See MoreSee Less
CALLING ALL SENIORS!!! With the last week of your undergraduate career coming to a close, it's time to prepare for graduation. We are collecting orders for MSA cords. Please place your order and make the payment by Sunday night in order to receive your cord. <3 goo.gl/forms/CkqZC8jvYG... See MoreSee Less