Farewell from the President

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
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.
Here’s a video to highlight all the awesomeness in the past year. Enjoy!!
With love, care, and humility,
Sharifah Abdallah

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