MSU SUCCESSFULLY HELPS OPEN THE FOOD PANTRY

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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

 

MSU Welcome Banquet 2015

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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.

 

 

MSU UCI Presents: End of the Year Banquet 2015

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On Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 PM, come join us as we award this year’s graduates and celebrate our brother/sisterhood, together, sharing memories and other sentimental shenanigans.

Dress your best and come ready to have fun! A night filled with excitement and enjoyment is in store for you, insha’Allah! It will be located in Pacific Ballroom D. $10 pre-registration and $15 at the door.

Register BELOW!

Don’t forget to invite your friends and family! See you there, insha’Allah! Zot Zot Zot!

EOYB

 

Registration:

Anti-Zionism Week 2015

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In the effort of raising awareness and creating discourse around the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, the Muslim Student Union along with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Irvine are co-hosting their annual week long series of events titled “In the Face of Violence: A Culture of Resistance,” to be held on Week 6 from May 4th to May 7th.

Monday, May 4th
To Resist is to Create – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

To keep a culture alive is to keep a people alive. Zionist narrative aims to wipe out the culture in an effort to wipe out the people of Palestine making art a strong platform for resistance. We will explore the distinct forms of Palestinian art that combat the erasure of Palestinian history and culture. By focusing on art forms such as tatreez embroidery, dabke dance, or the music from oud, we show how rich Palestinian culture is beyond the images of rubble and warfare.

Resistance is Existence – Rabab Abdulhadi & G.U.P.S. Panelists – Crystal Cove Auditorium, 6:30 PM

Explore the history and trajectory of Palestinian activism with resistance to the Zionist regime. A conversation with members of the former General Union of Palestinian Students talking about the way political activism has performed as a tool of resistance.

Tuesday, May 5th
Democracy in Shambles – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

So what exactly is going on in Palestine? We aim to answer the basic questions about the way the government operates in Palestine.

Growing Roses from Rubble – Kamilah Moore & Terese Jordan – HIB 100, 6:30 PM

Often students ask what they can do for Palestine beyond hosting events that raise funds or awareness. Delegation work is a key part of providing aid to those who need it the most. Join Kamilah Moore as she talks about her experience in the region.

Wednesday, May 6th
A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM
& Lobna Qutami – HG 1800, 6:30 PM

The Palestinian woman’s body is the most destructive tool for the Zionist agenda as it is the location for producing Palestinian life. We seek to examine the unique role of the woman’s role in the resistance movement. There is gender-based violence employed specifically for the female population ranging from rape, forced sterilization, or denied access to hospitals for childbirth. Learn how the people of Palestinian can never be liberated unless the women are liberated from the patriarchal double-bind from both the Zionist regime, and the oppressive family structure at home.

Thursday, May 7th
Doctors without Checkpoints – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

With limited access to water, women giving birth at checkpoints, and no food security, Palestinian health is in a crisis. Explore the health care disparities for Palestinians zoned into settlements with no access to proper hospitals, produce, or water. Learn what life is like for people who must wait hours in line at a checkpoint in order to get adequate medical attention.

Stories of Survival – The Parents of the Resistance – Pacific Ballroom C, 6:30 PM

For our closing event this year, we invite you to an intergenerational panel that serves as “storytime” with your grandparents or parents generation. Shifting from bringing only academics or activists, we’ve invited family and community members to share their stories about Nakbah, or leaving Palestine, their individual activism, and stories of survival and displacement. The goal of this event is to have that intergenerational storytelling feel and the importance of the preservation of oral histories.

 

Housing Requests Available

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Housing

The Muslim Student Union accommodates incoming and current Muslim students with other Muslim students in off-campus housing. This enhances their college experience and provides a comfortable living and learning environment where students can connect with other Muslims, spiritually and socially.

Brothers Housing Sign-Ups are now being taken. If interested, please fill out the form.

Sisters’ Housing Sign-Ups are now being taken. If interested please fill out the form.

 

Contact

New student housing is open for the 2015-2016 academic year. If you have any housing questions, please email:

Sisters: sistershousing@ucimsu.com

Brothers: brothershousing@ucimsu.com

 

UCI Student Support Letter

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To the University of California, Irvine students, staff, administration, and community:

We, the Muslim Student Union of the University of California, Irvine condemn the administration’s response and scrutiny towards our fellow students on the ASUCI Legislative Council in regards to resolution R50-70. UCI administration has failed to address the larger issue at hand of the mistreatment of the six students who voted in favor of the legislation and instead condemned them and validated those mistreating them. Despite the legislation being overturned by the executive cabinet, representatives of the legislative council who passed it are still receiving significant backlash from the campus and broader community, much of which has gone beyond civil disagreement. Our representatives have received derogatory comments as well as threats of physical violence. Furthermore, we are afraid that Chancellor Gillman’s response has had the effect of licensing further harassment by targeting these six students. The university needs to respect these students’ actions and meet its obligation to protect and promote their safety.

We admire the courage of the resolution’s supporters amid this environment of political immaturity and threat, and support their right to safely voice their dissent unequivocally. We call on administration to take action in stopping the attacks on these six students. We, the Muslim Student Union, demand that the administration take swift action to ensure the safety of these six students and those otherwise marginalized and harmed by the atmosphere created by administration’s actions.

In solidarity,

The Muslim Student Union of the University of California, Irvine

Qur’an Competition

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As-Salaamu Alaikum,

Here are the Surahs for Quran competition:

Category 1: al-Isrā
Category 2: Luqmān, Muḥammad
Category 3: al-Ṭalāq, al-Taḥrīm, al-Taghābun
Category 4: al-Ḍuḥā, al-Qāri’ah, al-Zalzalah, al-Humazah

QC will take place THURSDAY WEEK 8 inshaAllah.

There are a lot of resources in MSU to help you with memorization. If you need help, feel free to ask. There are also amazing prizes for all participants. This is a great opportunity to gain multitudes of good deeds, so start now!

SIGN UP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iYu-6fr944jcw0G46F9Iig0LJcMm2Il1vL1kk2Q7yQY/viewform#start=invite

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Islam Awareness Series 2015

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MSU UCI presents: Islam Awareness Series 2015

 

The Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine would like to extend a welcome to UCI students, faculty and for all in the community to join us during our annual Islam Awareness Series from Week 6 (2/10/2015) to Week 7 (2/19/2015). Throughout the series we will be presenting and discussing topics ranging from the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), the Quran, Humanitarianism, Manners, Charity, Women’s Rights, the Concept of God in Islam, and the History and Legacy of Malcolm X. Check out the flier below for a full list of events and we hope to see you there, insh’Allah (God willing)!

 

 

 

Special Events:

 

 

 

MSU Letter of Support Endorsing BSU Demands

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To the University of California, Irvine students, staff, administration, and community:

 

We, the Muslim Student Union of the University of California, Irvine stand in full support with the Black Student Union’s demands to implement institutional resources for Black students. These demands are addressed to Chancellor Howard Gillman and call for campus-wide resources including, but not limited to, a sustainable Black Student Resource, Outreach, and Retention Center, a mental health team specifically for the Black undergraduate and graduate community, departmentalization of the African-American Studies Program, creation of a Black Scholars Resident Hall, and so on.

 

The implementation of the resources listed in BSU’s demands is long overdue and absolutely vital to the Black community of UC Irvine. Over the past decade, the Black community has faced several forms of violence, occurring in both intra-personal student to  student interactions, and larger institutional forms of violence stemming from campus policies and administrative actions. The administration has an embarrassing tendency to deal with anti-Black violence at UC Irvine with the language of isolated incidents or freedom of expression rather than acknowledging the deep rooted race-based violence that permeates the core of these issues. Furthermore, despite an influx of these so-called isolated incidents, there have been no formal steps taken by the University to repair or prevent the damage that those incidents have done. Instead, there has been a continuation of this race based hostility. Furthermore, the University administration also has a tendency to quell and demonize student activism that aims at combating these inequities.

 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had advised us that “whosoever of you sees an evil or wrong doing, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” As per our Islamic obligation to take a stance in the face of injustice, and our love and solidarity for the Black Student Union and Black students across campus, we, the Muslim Student Union of UCI, fully endorse the BSU’s demands to implement campus-wide institutional resources for Black students.

In solidarity,

The Muslim Student Union of the University of California, Irvine

Sign the petition here.