Join Barnard Professor Najam Haider, Sahar Ullah, Haroon Moghul, and our own Imam Shair Abdul-Mani as they reflect on their own personal experiences as Muslims in America and delve into the deeper questions of how the Muslim identity is constructed in the political and social context of Post-9/11 America. For more info, see our Facebook event.
Date: Thursday, April 10th Time: Doors open at 6:45 PM Location: James Room, Barnard Hall
Join the Columbia University Muslim Students Association on Thursday, April 10th, for our annual Fast-a-thon to raise funds and awareness about the devastating, ongoing plight of child victims in and around Syria. TICKETS ARE OFFICIALLY ON SALE—buy yours today!! Tickets are $5 for CUID/BCID holders and $7 for non-CUID/BCID holders. For more info, see our Facebook event.
Jumu’ah This Week
Jumu’ah This Week
Jumu’ah will be held this Friday, April 4th, 2014, with Imam Sayeed delivering the khutbah. Be sure to make it and bring your friends! Insha’Allah, the khutbah will begin shortly after the adhaan at 1:00 PM. The service will conclude around 1:45 PM. The jumu’ah service will take place as usual on the second floor of Earl Hall unless otherwise noted.
MMLF Call to Action: Forming a Fundraising Committee
MMLF Call to Action: Forming a Fundraising Committee
The Morningside Muslim Life Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) status pending joint venture of Columbia’s Muslim students and alumni, seeks volunteers to form its Fundraising Committee for the Campaign for a Muslim Chaplain at Columbia.
Over the past decade, nearly all of Columbia’s peer institutions (NYU, Yale, Princeton, Brown, etc.) have come to have full time Muslim chaplains on campus. In 2012, after significant after significant work by the MSA, the University pledged to support a part time Muslim chaplain for a two-year period. With the two-year period now coming to an end, the Morningside Muslim Life Fund, Inc. (“MMLF”) is raising funds to continue to support a Muslim chaplain on Columbia’s campus. The Columbia Office of the University Chaplain is currently searching for a permanent Muslim Chaplain with the input of MSA and MAA/MMLF. There is an immediate fundraising need to pay the salary for the Muslim Chaplain.
A Fundraising Committee is needed to develop a strategy and an advertising/marketing plan for the campaign, as well as to organize exciting fundraising events. If you’re interested, please contact email@example.com. For more information on the Morningside Muslim Life Fund or if interested in joining their board, please see this flyer.
Muslim Protagonist: Epilogue
Muslim Protagonist: Epilogue
We hope you were able to make it out to The Muslim Protagonist 2014 and benefited from the all-star cast of thinkers, writers, and changers over the weekend. Please take a few minutes to fill out this feedback form—your voice is crucial in the continued improvement of the annual symposium. For pictures from the weekend, check us out on Flickr! And finally, be sure to read the first issue of the online zine, Protag.
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Join CU Muslim Students Association’s at our third annual Open Mic Night in recognition of Islam Awareness Week. Help us kick off an amazing Islam Awareness Week with art, music, spoken word, and festivities celebrating the diversity and creativity of our community.
This year’s Open Mic will focus on themes pertaining to the hyphenated-American body, with a spotlight on social justice and the American-Muslim identity. Join us as we explore the implications of being a minority American in the liberal US melting pot. What does it mean to be a Muslim in post-9/11 America? What does it mean to be a person of color in this country? How have your experiences with race, ethnicity, class, power, privilegeand shaped your identity? Where does "Faith"or religion fit in within the social structures that govern your daily existence? Share your experiences with your peers on stage, or simply come listen and reflect.
We invite students from all across campus to perform poetry, songs, monologues, stories, or any other work focusing on their interpretation of our theme. We will be showcasing artwork and photography within the performance space. If you would like to showcase your talents through performance or artwork, please contact Alay Syed at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday April 1st, 2014. Coffee and refreshments will be served and the performances will be held in the Diana Center 2nd floor student dining room.
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Description: In the spirit of Islamic Awareness Week, this week's jumu'ah service will take place this Friday, April 4th, on Low Plaza, in front of Low Library. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will be delivering the khutbah. The first adhan will be given at 1:00 PM and the service will conclude by 1:45 PM. The forecast predicts a rain-free day, so be sure to make it out with as many of your friends as possible this Friday!
UPDATE: Jumu'ah is taking place in Earl Hall because of inclement weather.
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Description: As part of Columbia MSA's Islam Awareness Week, we will go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore the Islamic Arts Wing. Professor Hossein Kamaly of Barnard's Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Department will give a tour of the exhibits.
Description: Join us for CU MSA’s Islamic Awareness Week Dinner on Monday, April 7 in Lerner Broadway Room at 7:30-8:30 pm! There will be an Islam 101 lecture by the Muslim chaplain Imam Shair, followed by student-facilitated discussions on various aspects of Islam. We are inviting students from across the campus—Muslims and especially non-Muslims—to learn, ask questions and discuss. Bring your hunger--for knowledge and for food!
Join CU MSA for our event, Muslims in America, in recognition of our annual Islam Awareness Week. This event is an exploration of the “American Muslim” identity and the ways in which Islam is situated within the American context.
Join Barnard Professor Najam Haider, Sahar Ullah, and Haroon Moghul as they reflect on their own personal experiences as Muslims in America and delve into the deeper questions of how the Muslim identity is constructed in the political and social context of Post-9/11 America.
In which ways is the Muslim-American identity constructed? Is there a possibility of or the need for reconciliation within these two often polarized identities of Muslim and American, or are they simply mutually exclusive? Should a discourse surrounding these questions be termed as that of a monolithic Muslim American identity, or is there space for various identities to exist simultaneously? This conversation will touch upon the politics of recognition and identification through a discussion of the current American political and social climate, attempt to deconstruct myths and stereotypes, and explore what it means to be Muslim in America.
Professor Najam Iftikhar Haider joined Barnard's faculty in 2010. Previously, he taught at Franklin & Marshall College, Georgetown University, New York University, and Princeton University. At Barnard he teaches courses focusing on the modern and pre-modern Muslim world. His current research interests focus on identity formation in the pre-modern Muslim world, Shi'ism, and the role of Islamic Law in the modern Muslim world. His most recent book, Shi'i Islam: An Introduction, will be published by Cambridge University Press in the Fall of this year.
Description: Join the Columbia University Muslim Students Association on Thursday April 10th for our annual Fast-a-thon to raise funds and awareness about the devastating, ongoing plight of child victims in and around Syria.
Fast-a-thon, MSA’s biggest event of the year, is a day when students, faculty, and members of the greater NYC community pledge to fast from dawn to sunset in solidarity with victims of hunger, poverty, and oppression around the world. In the evening, we come together for a night of reflection and contribution through informative presentations, moving performances, delicious food, and raffles. This year, we are fasting in solidarity with and fundraising for the children of Syria.
We will hear personal accounts and watch real footage from relief workers who have traveled to Syria for relief efforts. Representatives from Islamic Relief will present about the crisis and inform us of what we can do to help. The night will also feature spoken word from a few renowned artists.
TICKETS ARE OFFICIALLY ON SALE--buy yours today!! All proceeds from this event will benefit Syrian humanitarian relief efforts through Islamic Relief. [$5 CUID/ $7 Non CUID] https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9903887
**Stay tuned for the announcement of our speaker/artist line up, cosponsors, and awesome raffle prizes**
About the crisis: according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 5.5 million and counting children have been affected by the crisis, some 9.3 million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian aid, and there are over 2.4 million registered Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries. These numbers may just seem like statistics, but each one represents a human being--just like you and me. Imagine yourself as a child, only hungry, orphaned, ill, or homeless. Such horrible conditions are a nightmare for us to imagine, yet a reality for millions of children in and around Syria.
The children of Syria need us.
Join us as we come together to do what we can to help and show them they have not and will not be forgotten.