Date: April 7-9
Place: Camp Nawakwa
Registration Link (spots are limited, so sign up soon!): CLICK HERE
Muslim Student Union at UCI Stands Against the “Muslim Ban”
As a student organization representing both Muslim and refugee students at UCI, we condemn President Trump’s recent executive orders to construct a wall and to ban legal immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.
Islamophobia is real and rampant in the United States. The Muslim ban is the manifestation of the US government’s xenophobia and has spurred hatred and violence towards the Muslim community. Most recently, the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas was burned down and the Islamic Center of Davis in California was vandalized; these attacks are just a couple of many that have been incurred against the Muslim community. Despite the disturbing nature of these attacks, the violence does not end there.
Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim are enduring vitriolic, frightening levels of hate and violence throughout the country: being spit on, verbally harassed and abused, physically assaulted, and even shot. This hate and violence does not exist in a vacuum. It takes place in the context of ongoing and systemic Islamophobia and racism that are pervasive and deep within our society.
The Muslim Student Union stands against the many ways in which anti-Muslim and xenophobic hatred manifests itself, including hate speech and hate crimes; institutionalized racism and state-sanctioned violence; racial and religious profiling in all its forms; and prejudice that targets refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds.
Refugees have fled their home country to protect their families and escape violence, only to be confronted with more violence at the end of their journey. These refugees saw no other option besides abandoning their homes to move to another country. For Americans to build a wall between us and them, to say that they are not welcome here, and to refuse to offer them protection is beyond despicable.
Ever since Trump became the president of the United States of America, he has been inciting more hatred against many minority groups. However, the recent protests at airports nationwide serve as a reminder that there is still hope and unity amongst this division. While the Trump administration’s executive order was put on hold by a federal judge, it is important to not stop fighting.
We, the Muslim Student Union, urge the University of California, Irvine administration and University of California Regents to stand up for the rights of international students to study in the United States, to ensure the physical and mental safety of our Muslim students, and to defend the student visa program so that we can continue to provide opportunities and refuge to scholars and students around the world.
The Muslim Student Union of the University of California, Irvine
Join us for MSU’s first professional development day! If you are interested in meeting alumni who currently work in your field of interest, want to explore different career paths pertaining to your major, or want to learn more about interviews and career searching then register now!
WHAT – 14TH Annual Cook-Off!!
WHEN – (Week 7) , 11/7/16 at 6:00 PM
WHERE – Doheny Beach B
In keeping with the Sunnah, you are all encouraged to fast on this day! May Allah reward you all for feeding your fasting brothers and sisters. We will pray Maghrib then have an Iftar together afterward inshaAllah.
SAVE THE DATE! On April 9th, MSU UCI will be hosting our very FIRST COLLEGE DAY YOUTH CONFERENCE!
This year’s theme is Discovering Light in Times of Darkness: Journey to Excellence. The event aims to highlight how the community feeling provided in Muslim Student Union is a light in times of high Islamophobic rhetoric or darkness. The unity through the safe place provided by MSU would help students on their Journey to Excellence. The journey is not just individual but it is achieved with the help of the Muslim community on campus.
Take a glimpse into the Muslim college experience by attending this not-to-be-missed event of the year. Along with academic workshops to assist students in reaching their intellectual best, the youth conference will also offer Islamic based workshops which focus on the current climate for Muslims today, as well as delve into the issues on what it means to navigate your personal journey to excellence.
There will be many engaging speakers, thought-provoking workshops, fun activities, and more!
REGISTER NOW!! TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED!!
In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Execution Style of both the lives and the deaths of Adam Mekki, Mohammed Omar, and Muhannad Tairab.
The Muslim Student Union at the University of California, Irvine demands justice and accountability for the heinous murders of Adam Mekki (20), Mohamed Taha Omar (23), and Muhannad Tairab (17). As such, we mandate that the Fort Wayne Police Department conduct a full investigation by use of all available federal, state, and city resources of the inhumane murders of #ourthreebrothers.
On Wednesday, February 24th, our three Muslim brothers were found dead, “execution style” in an abandoned house in Fort Wayne with multiple gunshots in each body.
Only small, local media outlets gave coverage to the story. It was not until Sunday, 4 days after their murders, that any major news outlets picked up the story. It cannot be ignored that these 3 young men killed were Black and Muslim in a time of heightened Islamophobia and criminalization of young black men.
Major Muslim organizations did not give attention to the issue until 4 days after. Too often the lives of Arabs are prioritized over the lives of our black and brown Muslim brothers and sisters. In order to progress forward as a strong Muslim Ummah we must acknowledge our weaknesses and make conscious strides towards equality.
May Allah grant Jannah al Firdous for our three brothers, Adam Mekki, Mohamed Omar, Muhannad Tairab; and provide patience for their families. Ameen.
The most anticipated event of the year is finally here! The 2016 MSU Winter Retreat! Come out to the San Bernardino Mountains with us to build a deeper relationship with Allah, your fellow brothers and sisters, and to just relax. It will be the weekend after week 1 of Spring quarter, April 1-3 and tickets will go for $75. The deadline to register is the Friday of Finals Week: Friday December 11th. Hope to see you all there, insha’Allah!
Remember, if there is ever a financial reason that you can’t afford to go, just inform someone on the MSU Board and we will be glad to work something out.
MSU is a student organization comprised of over 100 members at the University of California, Irvine that hosts over 300 activities in an academic year including Islam Awareness Month, the Ummah Initiative Program, Weekly Islamic Classes, Jumu’ah for the UCI and local Irvine community, active weekly Dawah and a range of more events.
As members in our local community we need your support in rekindling a strong relationship between MSU and our Muslim community at-large. Our existence relies on local Shuyukh, masjids and our local community. Similarly, the future existence of a strong Muslim community relies on leaders that are fostered and developed in MSU.
The Student Outreach and Retention Center (SOAR) celebrated the grand opening of UCI’s first
food pantry on Monday October 5th. The opening marked the arduous efforts of ASUCI, the Muslim Student Union (MSU), SOAR and Global Food Initiative Fellows.
“The Grand Opening of the SOAR Food Pantry was a symbolic event signifying the start of a long process towards eradicating food security and beginning the discourse within our community to address hunger,” said Huda Herwees, an MSU representative.
“The food pantry was in response to an exponential increase in a number of students who are food insecure, not just in the UC’s, but nationwide too,” said Fung.
This is truly amazing, May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala reward everyone who participated in making this happen Ameen. Not only is this helping end Food Insecurity, but is also a form of charity, In Surah Al-Baqra, Allah (swt) states “Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (2:274) Let us all try our best to help, volunteer, and end food insecurity on campus. Ameen. Peace. Zot On.
Shout Out SOAR, ASUCI, and Global Food Initiative Fellows
View the Article here
View SOAR’s website here
View ASUCI’s website here
View Global Food Initiative Fellows’s website here
It’s the most wonderful time of Week 1! Fall quarter has just started, and we want to welcome everyone back to UCI as well as our new students! Please join us at the much awaited, understandably hyped, and unimaginangly fulfilling Welcome Banquet 2015 on Wednesday, October 7th 2015. It will be held in Pacific Ballroom D in the Student Center at 6:30 p.m.
Please register by clicking the link! You save money! You help those that are buying the food! There is no downside and it’s right here! Just click it!
Tickets are $10 each with online registration and $15 at the door on the day of the event. Registration deadline is Monday, October 5th so make sure you register online before then for discounted tickets!! There will also be a big Syria Raffle with a prize! Raffle tickets will cost $3 and ALL proceed will go to the Molham Volunteering Team in support of Syria so be sure to bring some extra cash!
Hope to see you all there inha’Allah!
Register below and view more details here.