Assalam Alaikum wa Rahmat Allahi wa Barakatuhu,
My name is Nader Hakim, and I have the honor and privilege of serving as the 2010-2011 President of the Muslim Studentsâ€™ Association. What makes any MSA special is the community it offers to each and every Muslim on campus, regardless of their home community. The University of Michigan is particularly blessed with one of the best Muslim communities in the country; it is made up of members whose drive and dedication fuel a year of retreats, discussions, halaqas, qiyams, socials and much, much more. More importantly, however, our members have managed to build a brotherhood and sisterhood that is unparalleled by any other student organization on campus.
All college students, and perhaps Muslims especially, can attest to the changes and challenges that fill four years of university study with new experiences and relationships. Muslim students at a leading public institution sometimes find it difficult to balance studies and personal development. Under these circumstances, a freshman can find the wide variety of clubs and organizations on campus overwhelming, but few can rival the impact an MSA can have on an individualâ€™s development. MSA Alumni continually cite the MSA as the breeding ground of their most profound personal changes and the beginning of their closest friendships. While there are many worthwhile causes to dedicate oneself to on campus, one would be hard pressed to find a cause more worthy of pursuing than seeking the pleasure of Allah (swt) by serving others and depicting the messageof our beautiful religion to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
The wide variety of activities offered by the MSA insure that there is a niche for every member. The MSA is composed of nine committees that are all crucial to the success and impact an MSA can have, but it takes much more than 19 people to put it all together. From Community Affairs, which organizes community service projects, to Eduction Committee, which organizes spiritual events; every committee can use an extra hand. I end by sincerely asking every person with an ounce of interest in helping to build this community to take the step that could shape your college career. Attend an iftaar at the beginning of the year, hang out at a social, or plan an event. In time, you will inshAllah experience the blessing and barakah our community has. We are looking forward to meeting each and every one of you!
Wassalam Alaikum wa Rahmat Allahi wa Barakatuhu,
Nader Hakim (
2010-2011 President, Muslim Studentsâ€™ Association