BUnited: An Interactive Discussion on Race

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The Islamic Society of Boston University is co-sponsoring the following event!

The students of Boston University invite you to participate in an open, constructive and safe conversation on issues of race, prejudice and campus culture on March 19 at 6:30 PM on the second floor of the GSU. This event is sponsored by a dozen BU student organizations, fraternities and sororities as well as a dozen faculty from many departments around campus who are listed below.

Students will be randomly seated at roundtables with a faculty or staff member present at each table and discuss a series of questions presented to them by a student moderator. At the conclusion of the program, students will have a chance to share their highlights in an open reflection format.

The event is of course free of charge.
Reserve your seat here http://bunited.eventbrite.com/

See you there!

If your organization is interested in co-hosting, or if you know of any faculty members/professors who would be interested in being a discussant, please contact any one of the administrators of the event.

Supported by the Following Organizations:
-Nu Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity
-BU Singapore Collegiate Society
-Umoja
-Alianza Latina
-BU College Democrats
-Black Business Student Association
-Q Collective
-National Society of Black Engineers
-Islamic Society of Boston University
-Alpha Kappa Alpha

Faculty in Attendance:
-Dean John Battaglino (Assistant Dean of Students)
-Stacy Anastasia Ulrich (Director, Student Programs & Leadership College of Arts & Sciences)
-Peter C Yeager (Associate Professor of Sociology)
-Rebekah Yehellah Best (Academic Advisor in CGS)
-Erinn Tucker (Assisstant Professor in SHA, BU Posse) -Shiney James (Director Orientation, BU Posse 2 Mentor)
-Cherita Y. J. Cloy (Crisis Intervention Counselor Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Center)
-David Janey (Associate Director of Financial Assistance)
-Pedro Cesca Falci (Assistant Director of the Howard Thurman Center)
-Zachary Hobbs (Community Service Center)

Disaster Relief Training

Islamic Relief USATo Register: email oismail91@gmail.com with your name and email

For the past two years, Islamic Relief’s DART has been providing free disaster response training to five states nationwide (NJ, CA, TX, VA, IL) and has doubled its training cities in 2013. The first session was held about 7 months ago, the weekend before the Marathon Bombings. Had we completed all the sessions, we would have been called to assist during that day.

In order for anyone to assist or respond during a disaster by U.S. law you must be attached to an organization. Islamic Relief, in its initiative to bring disaster preparedness and awareness to the Muslim community, is providing FREE nationwide trainings and the opportunity to deploy with its disaster response team once you’re trained on their deployments.

The 2nd session for Islamic Relief’s Disaster Assistance Response Team will be Saturday November 16, 2013. It will be one day from 9 AM to 5 PM. This training session will be on CPR and Casework.

One does not need to attend the first session to attend this one. One needs to complete all three sessions (in no specific order) to become certified. If demand calls for it, we will hold the first session in the future for those who missed it and need it to become certified.

*To register*: Please send an email to oismail91@gmail.com with your name and email.

When: Saturday November 16, 2013 9 AM – 5 PM
Location: Boston University’s College fo Arts and Sciences (CAS) Room 326
685 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215
Training Session: CPR and Casework

****All trainings are free to the public (public means 18+ and it’s open to Muslims and non-muslims!).

****They will provide breakfast and lunch

Directions: You can take the B Green Line (heading towards Boston College) and get off at the Boston University East Stop. It will be the building on your right.

If you have any questions, email shassan@bu.edu. Again to register, please email oismail91@gmail.com

Check out the Facebook event. 

Brother’s Tajweed Class

1469868_738206706193344_197071205_nBrothers, take some time out of your busy day and relieve some stress by reading the Quran!

” Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

With that in mind, every Thursday starting this week ( 11/13) at 7 p.m. in the Musullah ( 2nd floor GSU) Ebraheim Ismail, our volunteer chaplain, will be holding tajweed classes. It’s only for an hour and all brothers are welcome so please join if you can.

RSVP on Facebook. 

Halaqa & Hot Chocolate – Reflections

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        During last Wednesday’s halaqa, we talked about dua (supplication), and its relevance and importance in our daily lives. Boston University’s volunteer Muslim chaplain, Ebraheim Ismail, who directed the halaqa asked us what dua means to us–many had different answers but Brother Ebraheim summed it up nicely–dua is simply just talking with Allah (SWT)-a daily conversation with The All Hearer and The Most Merciful. Dua establishes a relationship between us and Allah (SWT) as we ask for various things, such as good health, a bright future, or even good grades. Ebraheim mentioned that all of our duas will be answered by Allah(SWT) for He is Al-Mujeeb-The All Answerer. Allah promised that he will accept all our duas- He said call on me and I will answer.

       There a few do’s and don’ts regarding dua. Going around the musalla, we established a list of do’s and don’ts for dua. We concluded that including the names of Allah (SWT) into dua is always recommended and that having faith in Allah when making dua is most important or else your dua won’t be accepted. In terms of what we shouldn’t do with dua, it is important not to make dua for something haram–like harm to another person or, hilariously enough, rob a bank. This emphasizes the importance of not making dua when we are angry at someone else because it may lead us to make unconscious, spontaneous decisions. Furthermore, Ebraheim also emphasized the importance of being good to our parents because their duas are weighted heavily by Allah (SWT). In general, having a bad relationship with one’s family, or breaking ties with family members can lead your dua to not be accepted.

        During the halaqa we also talked about the story of what happened to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the city of Taif. Members of the city of Taif failed to give Prophet Muhammad the respect that he deserved. They rejected to accept the message of Islam, and decided to throw rocks at the Prophet (PBUH) on his way out of the city. For three miles Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) underwent such torment. After Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) exited the city, he did not sit down. He continued to stand and said one of the most beautiful duas, praying that Allah isn’t upset with him and that he hopes to bring only pleasure to allah. Angel Jibreel came down afterward and shared how the Prophet’s dua sent shockwaves through the heavens. He was asked whether he wanted destroy the people of Taif, but Prophet Muhammad declined, being the merciful prophet that he was, in hopes that someone from the future generations of Taif will be guided.

        Finally, we learned that making dua for others will bring us blessings as well—whatever we ask Allah (SWT) for others, we also get for ourselves!

Reflection by Hoda

        Sitting in the musalla, looking around and listening to my fellow muslim brothers and sisters I can’t help but smile. Here we all are on a Wednesday, in the middle of a school week, taking time out of our busy schedules to take a moment to reflect on Islam and on ourselves as Muslims. Especially as Muslim youth, it is important for us to come together as a community to encourage and learn from each other in Islam. I personally look forward to our halaqas; I get excited to learn something new in Islam, something that will better me as a Muslim–because at the end of the day that is the goal. For this specific halaqa, I loved how we talked about a topic so simple, dua, a way to seek guidance from Allah. And as Ebraheim said, having Allah by your side is pretty awesome! On that note, may Allah bless us all with good tidings inshallah!

Reflection by Amina

       On a dark, post daylight savings Wednesday afternoon, fellow Boston University Muslim brothers and sisters gathered to attend a halaqa in our cozy musalla. With hot chocolate and cookies in hand, we listened to our wonderful brother Ebraheim Ismail discuss the importance of dua in our lives and how to develop a better relationship with Allah (swt) through personalized dua. In the midst of a hectic week, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to take time away from studying and listen to an inspirational lecture surrounded by amazing people! I look forward to more halaqas where we are able to exchange ideas on various topics and learn more about the beautiful religion that brings us all together. I ask Allah (swt) to guide us all in our journey to becoming better Muslims and to forgive us for the sins that we have committed and those that we have yet to commit. May Allah reward brother Ebraheim for his efforts. I look forward to spending more time with you all inshaAllah! Assalaamu Alaikum!

Ice Cream Social & Halaqa

1384009_722480604432621_188825706_nAssalamu Alaikum everyone! Please come join ISBU for our first halaqa this year on Wednesday (10/23) at 6 p.m!

Our volunteer chaplain Ebraheim Ismail will discuss what exactly it means to be a good friend and brother/sister in Islam. We will meet at 6pm in the musallah (2nd floor of GSU), pray Maghrib together and then begin our halaqa. ISBU is providing ice cream for everyone. Please come and socialize, eat, and learn more about Islam with the ISBU fam!

UMass Boston Eid Dinner

 

UMB Eid DinnerThe UMass Boston Muslim Students Association is having their a second annual Eid dinner on the UMASS Boston Campus Center in the 3rd floor ballroom. The event will be held on Monday October 21st from 6:30PM to 8:30PM which will feature a keynote address by Imam Marc Manley. The event is titled Professionalism meets Piety. The attached flyer has more information along with the address for the hall (100 Morrissey Boulevard Boston, MA).