This Ramadan Loyola MSA will be holding Taraweeh prayer for anyone in summer school or otherwise in the area! Isha prayer will be held today and tomorrow in Regis MPR at 10:00 with Taraweeh following after, at around 10:20. Taraweeh prayers will continue to be held every Monday-Wednesday throughout Ramadan and location of prayer will be updated at the beginning of the week.
If you have any questions, please ask Abdullah Ansari, Anbreen Basher, or myself and Ramadan Mubarak! ... See MoreSee Less
Assalaamu alaykum! Hope this finds you all well! Please join UIC Chaplaincy this Friday as they host our very own Omer M. Mozaffar as well as several others from the Chicagoland area in a discussion on the emphasis of unity between various college MSAs and bring students, parents, and alumnis together to establish stronger connections. Come for the Chaplains, stay for the Chai! Please refer to the event page to RSVP or for more details. ... See MoreSee Less
Salam! Here are the pictures of the graduation ceremony from yesterday. I was able to capture almost every MSA member walking across the stage. I would have fixed the red eye's but there were just so many pictures and it would take to long. Sorry, a crappy picture is better than no picture. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less
As I sit here and reflect on what the past year has been, I feel nothing but absolute and utter gratitude for every single one of you. The things this year has taught me are insurmountable. You all have taught me things that no book could ever teach, showed me the depth of dedication, sincerity, and compassion that you are each capable of, and truly, we have crafted for ourselves a family that is capable of the most extreme care and love.
All praise be to Allah (swt) for allowing us to be a part of this beautiful community at Loyola. It is with His grace alone that we wrap up another beautiful year together. And He's enabled us to do some incredible work in the past year, Alhamdulillah! Here's a list to highlight a few:
1.) Raised OVER $4200 for the orphans. 6-7 orphans will be sponsored by Loyola MSA, insha’Allah!! 2.) Made and distributed a total of 2665 bagged lunches to Chicago's underserved populations 3.) We finally got Halal Food as an option in the Loyola Dining Hall! 4.) Had our first Jumma'h on the Quad 5.) Organized Winter clothing, Hygiene kit, toy drives 6.) Were blessed with the opportunities to bring prominent speakers such as Boonaa, Yasmin Mogahed, Yaser Birjas, Imam Suhaib Webb, and many more 7.) We've had over 4 Blood Drives and helped save over a hundred lives 8.) We had a Muslim Chaplain for the first time! (S.O to Omer M. Mozaffar) 9.) And best of all, we've created an incredible family, Alhamdulillah.
Yes, we are a powerhouse, alhamdulillah, but I hope that you all realize that none of the above would have been possible without each of you. We are a community driven by the love for service to others and by our desire to each tread on our path towards Him (swt). The MSA 2014-15 journey is but a compilation of our collective journeys to our Creator, and it is my sincere hope that we can help one another unlock the key to that journey towards Him (swt).
It has been an extreme honor to serve you all and I ask each of you reading this to please find it in your hearts to forgive myself, Anas, and the rest of the team if we ever did or said anything to hurt, offend, take for granted, knowingly or unknowingly, publicly or privately, intentionally or unintentionally, any of you throughout the year. I ask you to forgive us and I pray that Allah (swt) continues to shower this community with His blessings. I pray that He (swt) protects and guides each of us towards Him, that He fills our hearts with faith and love, opens our eyes to his beauties everywhere, and cleanses our souls through His mercy.
**LOCATION CHANGE** Assalaamu alaykum! CONGRATULATIONS to all of the graduates! We are incredibly proud of you and all the amazing work you've done during your time at Loyola. Our sincerest du'as are with you as you embark on the next chapter of your life. This Friday, we will be having one last jummu'ah on campus before summer begins. Please join us at 1 pm in Bremner Lounge (CFSU) for jummu'ah salah in between the two commencement ceremonies. ... See MoreSee Less
Salam lovely people! We're just about coming to an end with finals week and the school year aH; so crazy how time flies. BUT this sunday you have an opportunity to come together as a Loyola muslim community and help out in a great cause and stack up on those good deeds. Project Rizq is holding a food drive at MEC in Morton Grove from 11am-1pm. The food boxes made are delivered to families on the zakaat list who do not have the means to feed themselves or the rest of their families. This is where you come in. We are low on volunteers and we really need the extra hands to make this possible! Even if it's for an hour, it goes a long way iA. If you need help with transportation just message me and we can see what we can do iA.
To clarify: What: Project Rizq Food Drive When: Sunday May 3rd, 2015 (11am-1pm ---note we may end earlier) Where: MEC Masjid in Morton Grove
Hope to see as many of you as possible! Every pair of hands are needed! Jazakallahukhair! ... See MoreSee Less
Assalaamu alaikum Dear graduates, We apologize for the delay, but here is a small token of appreciation for everything you've done and just your existence from the family you're leaving behind. Each jar contains some rocks and pebbles from Loyola's beach so you can always have a little piece of Loyola with you and 16 notes ranging from tasks to quotes to reminders. Whenever you need a bit of a boost on this new journey you're embarking on, we hope you remember us and may these notes put a smile on your face and give you some peace. We pray that Allah (swt) fills your life with all the happiness, love, and success in the world and rewards you with the best in the next one. Please pick up the gift with your name on it from the musallah before your big day! Now make us proud and go forth and set the world on fire! We'll catch you in Jannah insha'Allah ✌️ Best, Your Loyola MSA family
Assalaamu alaikum everyone!!! With a heavy heart, I present to you the last Sunnah in Action post of the year: Plan Effectively, written by Anas Gandhi!! "As we look back at our time at Loyola, we come to a realization that a chapter of our life is coming to an end. Life continues one chapter, after another, after another, after another, until the end. Often times we are so caught up in our current chapters, that we forget the reality of this life, it’s a delusion. So now how can we live this life successfully, while keeping in mind that the end is inevitable? By following the perfect example of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). How did he manage being the best leader, the best server of the community, and the best family-man all at the same time? He planned and he planned effectively." If you don't take a short break from studying to read this whole thing that can serve as a great reminder, especially during this time of year, you're really missing out: sunnahinaction.weebly.com/week-15-plan-effectively.html #SunnahInAction ... See MoreSee Less
Salam everyone! There is going to be an FNR (Friday Night Revive) this Friday at 4:30pm in the Damen Musallah Insha'Allah! A little "calm before the finals storm" with nasheeds, spiritual reflection, and snacks! Insha'Allah come rejuvenate yourself so you can power through the finals! Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
Assalaamu alaikum everyone!!! Happy last week of classes!!! The sunnah in action this week is about being content, written by Maryam Arif! "Often times we find it difficult to find that balance and contentment in our lives. We are constantly worried about our grades, our families, our goals and dreams, our past, present, and future, and so much more. But remember, we are only human, which therefore makes it acceptable to feel that way. Finding contentment is a solution to many of our problems. It mainly comes down to you, and how you will support yourself, carry yourself, and bring upon contentment and peace to yourself. Your life ahead of you – every movement, activity, gathering, etc. – is already set in stone by the will of Allah (swt). So open up your heart. Find peace and contentment in the little things." You can read the rest of this must-read reminder here: sunnahinaction.weebly.com/week-14-be-content.html #SunnahInAction ... See MoreSee Less
Assalaamu alaykum everyone! DePaul's UMMA would like to invite us all to their upcoming Community Dinner this Monday with Mufti Kamani as the guest speaker. Please visit the event page for more information and RSVP accordingly, inshaAllah. ... See MoreSee Less
Just a reminder that for the first time ever we are holding an EBRU WORKSHOP in RAMBLER ROOM!! It starts at 4pm and there is going to be limited seating! So, come early and take full advantage of learning this cool Turkish art for free! Hope to see you all there! ... See MoreSee Less
I know you can't believe it but graduation is right around the corner, iA!
So, if you would like to purchase a MSA cord, please fill out the form below by the end of this week so we can have the cords by graduation. The more people that buy it, the cheaper it is for all of us.
Assalaamu alaikum everyone!!! This week's sunnah in action is probably one of the most important: Respect Your Elders, written by Toaha Hussain! "Respecting our elders is of the utmost importance. These days, it can be easy to get stressed and caught up in our own personal priorities with school, work, internships and our “college lives”. However, it is important to be mindful of the fact that although we may not get to see them every day, our parents and elders wish to see us become successful. So when we do see them for a short time, let’s strive to focus on them and leave the stresses of the classroom and workplace behind. In the Quran, Allah (swt) states, “Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. If one or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of disrespect, or scold them, but say a generous word to them. And act humbly to them in mercy, and say, ‘My Lord, have mercy on them, since they cared for me when I was small.” (17: 23-24) The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children, nor honor the elderly" (Al-Tirmidhi) Narrated Abu Musa al-Ash'ari: The Prophet said: "Glorifying Allah involves showing honor to a grey-haired Muslim and to one who can expound the Quran, but not to one who acts extravagantly regarding it, or turns away from it, and showing honor to a just ruler" (Sunan Abu Dawud). Insha’Allah, let's remember our parents and elders during our busy lives and give them a call or a visit to just see how they’re doing! Such acts will strengthen our relationships with both our elders and Allah (swt)." sunnahinaction.weebly.com/week-13-respect-your-elders.html
Such invaluable advice. Often we are so busy growing up, we forget our parents are growing old too. We should cherish every moment we have left with them. #SunnahInAction #Respect ... See MoreSee Less