MSA Announcements

Hear the latest MSA-related news here! We post notices regarding upcoming events, statements to be sent out to our general body, welcome messages to our new members, changes in the executive board, and a whole host of other important information here.

  • Response to the Censorship of SJP’s Banner March 21st, 2014

    As a supporter of students’ right to freedom of speech, expression, and opinion on a supportive and facilitative campus, the Columbia Muslim Students Association’s Executive Board expresses its extreme disappointment regarding Barnard College President Debora Spar’s decision to remove Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)’s banner without notification on March 11. We stand behind ...

  • General Body Meeting: Meet and Greet with Imam Shair! March 10th, 2014

    Date: Thursday, March 13th
    Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location: TBA

    Salaams! YOU are invited to our MEET AND GREET general body meeting! It’s time to take a break from studying! MEET our new religious life advisor, Imam Shair Abdul-Mani. PITCH in with ideas for programming. ...

  • MSA Elections March 06th, 2014

    Elections are right around the corner and the MSA is accepting nominations from now until Sunday, March 23rd! The elections will take place on March 27th (room TBA).

    • All individuals interested in running for elections should be nominated, either through a self-nomination or by a community member. Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, March ...
    • SeekersCircle Study Group February 27th, 2014

      Date: Every Monday
      Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: 509 Hamilton Hall

      The SeekersCircle is an online service that broadcasts lectures to centers around the world. Columbia MSA has decided to be a hosting center for SeekersCircle. Every week, we will watch a video in which a scholar ...

    • Support for Columbia Prison Divest February 26th, 2014

      The Columbia Muslim Students Association’s Executive Board fully supports Columbia Prison Divest’s campaign to call for Columbia University to immediately divest all of its shares in the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and G4S. As of June 30th, 2013, Columbia University owned 230,432 shares (roughly $8,000,000) in CCA and also has significant investments in G4S. ...

    • Discussing Mental Health in the Muslim Community February 24th, 2014

      Date: Thursday, February 27th
      Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
      Location: 628 Kent Hall

      In January 2012, the AMHP (American Muslim Health Professionals), identified mental health literacy as the number one area of public health concern among Muslims in the US. Muslims are in a place where we (1) suffer stigma ...

    • General Body Meeting February 10th, 2014

      Date: Wednesday, February 12th
      Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: Diana LL2

      Salaams! YOU are invited to our first G-BODY MEETING of the semester! LEARN about the upcoming events for the semester and affiliated clubs and causes. MEET cool people on campus and get to know them. EAT as dinner will be provided. TALK about what you ...

    • Ivy Muslim Conference 2014 February 02nd, 2014

      The 5th annual conference of Ivy Muslims for networking, fellowship, and mutually beneficial dialogue

      Date: February 14th-15th, 2014
      Location: Yale University

      The Ivy League is a consortium of universities that share unique social, intellectual and professional opportunities and challenges. In the midst of contemporary American academic life, Muslims at these institutions grapple with ...

    • Statement on Sexual Assault February 02nd, 2014

      This year, the issue of sexual assault on our campus has been of great importance to the Columbia community. Many students and student groups have expressed concerns about Columbia University’s sexual assault policy and case adjudication process. The Columbia Muslim Students Association (MSA), along with the entire community, is starting to lose faith in ...

    • Project Nur Applications December 02nd, 2013

      Project Nur is currently accepting applications to serve on the board during the 2014 spring semester. We are currently looking to fill the following positions: service coordinator(s), media coordinator(s), and classes/halaqa coordinator(s). Download the application.

      Project Nur – the social justice arm of the MSA – began with the intention of providing a space ...

    • Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Conflict November 22nd, 2013

      Couldn’t make it out to hear Eboo Patel speak? Check out the audio recording of the event below.

      Date: Wednesday, December 4th
      Time: Lecture begins at 7:00 PM & Dialogue begins at 8:30 PM
      Location: Lecture in Ella Weed (Milbank Hall, Room 223) & Dialogue in Milbank Hall, ...

    • The Arts and Sciences of Islam November 19th, 2013

      Date: Monday, November 25th
      Time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
      Location: Hamilton 517

      The Columbia University Muslim Students Association is proud to host a lecture featuring esteemed professor George Saliba and renowned calligraphist Aisha Holland.

      As a result of the enlightenment, science and art have been historically appropriated as “western,” thereby ...

    • Fall Bowling Outing November 10th, 2013

      Date: Sunday, November 17th
      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
      Location: Frames NYC (550 9th Avenue, on the corner of 40th Street)

      Join fellow members of the MSA for a bowling outing this month! This will be an informal social event organized by the MSA, but not sponsored by it—you will have to ...

    • Who is Jesus? A Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim Examine Their Sacred Texts November 10th, 2013
      Date: Tuesday, November 19th
      Time: 8:00 PM
      Location: Hamilton 602

      In conjunction with the Veritas Forum and Hillel, the Columbia MSA is proud to present Who Is Jesus? A Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim Examine Their Sacred Texts, an interfaith dialogue with Jesse Peterson, Sarit Kattan-Gribtez, and Prof. Souleymane Diagne. Our panelists will be ...

    • Modern Women of Faith November 04th, 2013

      Date: Wednesday, November 13th
      Time: 7:00 PM
      Location: Satow Room, Lerner Hall

      The Columbia University Muslim Students Association and Columbia/Barnard Hillel present Modern Women of Faith: A Round Table Discussion on Religion, Gender Roles, and Sex in Judaism and Islam.

      Cultural misconceptions about the role of women and gender in Judaism ...

    • Fall 2013 Feedback Survey November 03rd, 2013

      Assalamu alaikum all,

      In an effort to make our organization one that meets the needs and desires of Muslims on and around Columbia’s campus, we’ve put together a survey for members of our community to fill out. We will consider all responses in our future activities and hope that this will be an effective way for ...

    • Fall Bowling Outing: Survey November 03rd, 2013

      Join fellow members of the MSA for a bowling outing this month! This will be an informal social event organized by the MSA, but not sponsored by it—you will have to pay for your own entrance, shoe rental, food, etc. (it will likely be around $20-$30). Once we get a sense of how many people ...

    • Study Break This Week! October 28th, 2013

      Date: Wednesday, October 30th
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: TBA

      Stay tuned for details on a study break happening this week! There will be free food and games.

    • A Dialogue on Shariah, Morality & Modernity w/ Prof. Wael Hallaq October 28th, 2013

      Couldn’t make it out to hear Prof. Hallaq speak? Check out the audio recording of the event below.

      Date: Thursday, Nov. 7
      Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: 208 Knox Hall (on 122nd St between Broadway & Claremont Ave.)

      RSVP here.

      A rare dialogue with world-renowned Professor Wael B. ...

    • Science, Rationality & Islam: A Leap of Faith? October 24th, 2013

      Couldn’t make it out to hear Dr. Abutaleb speak? Check out the audio recording of the event below.

      Date: Monday, October 28th
      Time: Doors open at 6:45 PM
      Location: Satow Room (in Lerner Hall)

      This event is open to ALL, but non-CUID guests must send an e-mail to 

    • Bring Transparency To Campus Assault October 13th, 2013

      Did you attend this week’s event, No More Sexual Assault? Want to make an impact locally, starting right here on campus? If so, then read on.

      Last semester, a number of students came to the Columbia Democrats with concerns about the way in which Columbia adjudicates cases of sexual harassment, ...

    • 4th Annual Interfaith Service Hop Weekend: Fall 2013 October 13th, 2013

      This year marks the 4th annual Service Hop Weekend, hosted by Hillel, MSA, Catholic Ministries, Canterbury Club, HSO, LDSSA, and Interfaith Collective. These groups will join together once again for service hopping the weekend of October 25th! The structure will be the same as last year’s: if you sign up, about a week before the event you ...

    • Jumu’ah w/ Rashid Dar October 11th, 2013

      Couldn’t make it out to hear Rashid Dar speak? Check out the audio recording of the event below.

      Date: Friday, October 11th
      Time: 1:15 PM
      Location: Second floor of Earl Hall

      We are pleased to announce that Columbia’s own Rashid Dar (SIPA ’15) will be the khateeb for this week’s ...

    • Eid al-Adha 2013 October 10th, 2013

      Join the Columbia Muslim Students Association and community in planning your Eid al Adha celebrations! You can find all these details on Facebook as well. We have three events planned for the Muslim community around Morningside Heights:

      1. Yaum al-Arafah Iftar
      2. Eid Prayers
      3. Eid al-Adha Banquet featuring comedian Aman ...

    • More Than Money: How Does Spending Transform Us? October 06th, 2013

      Date: Tuesday, October 8th
      Time: 7:30 PM
      Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium

      To ensure that you will be provided with FREE dinner, pre-register now via this Google form.

      A Columbia education prepares us to earn money but gives us little training in spending it well. Why do we love money so much? Is success ...

    • Weekly Halaqas October 06th, 2013

      Update: For the remainder of the semester, there will be one, weekly, co-ed halaqa. Check out the sidebar on the weekly e-mails for weekly updates about the time and location.

      Sisters’ Halaqa

      Date: Every Tuesday
      Time: 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: Hamilton 302

      Eat, socialize, and meet other ...

    • Cultural Awareness Day: United Against Hate September 28th, 2013

      Date: Sunday, September 29th
      Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Meet at Low steps

      On Sunday, September 29th Columbia University Sewa will be hosting a “Cultural Awareness Day” at 110 and Lenox Ave. This event is in response to the recent assault on Columbia University Sikh Professor, Prabhjot Singh. Sewa has invited ...

    • Muslim Spirituality Retreat September 28th, 2013

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      Date: Friday, October 4th to Saturday, October 5th
      Location: Blairstown Retreat Center, NJ

      Today is the last day to register for the MUSLIM SPIRITUALITY RETREAT organized through Princeton University’s Muslim Life Program. The retreat will including hiking, thikr and prayers, fun leadership building activities, seminars and conversations on spirituality in college life, ...

    • Muslims Against Hunger September 27th, 2013

      Date: Sunday, September 29th
      Time: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
      Location: Lerner Hall and various locations in Harlem

      Project Nur, the newly formed social justice arm of the Columbia University Muslim Students Association, is proud to announce its first service event of the semester with Muslims Against Hunger‘s Hunger Van project! We will ...

    • Statement on Hate Crime Committed Against Sikh Professor September 27th, 2013

      On September 21st, 2013, Columbia professor Prabhjot Singh was assaulted and subsequently hospitalized Saturday night while walking along 110th Street near Lennox Avenue. State and federal law enforcement authorities in New York City are investigating the incident as a “hate crime.” Dr. Prabhjot Singh recounted that the group of teenagers that attacked him shouted “get ...

    • General Body Meeting September 23rd, 2013

      Date: Thursday, September 27th
      Time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
      Location: Lerner Hall, Room c555

      We will be having our first general body meeting of the year this Thursday! Join fellow MSA members for an informal discussion on school and Islam as well to get to know each other. There will be pizza ...

    • Statement on NYPD Mosque Surveillance September 23rd, 2013

      In late August, it was revealed that the New York Police Department secretly labeled mosques (and at least one Arab-American group) in the New York City area as terrorist organizations, a designation that allowed the NYPD to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams and attendees.

      The NYPD is often able to issue this increased surveillance ...

    • Press Conference on Prabhjot Singh September 23rd, 2013

      Date: Monday, September 23rd
      Time: 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM
      Location: 1510 International Affairs Building

      One of our respected professors, Prabhjot Singh, was assaulted this past Saturday night and subsequently hospitalized Saturday night while walking along 110th Street near Lennox Avenue. It is being investigated by the NYC Police Department ...

    • Muslim Programming Associate Position September 23rd, 2013

      We all miss Imam Khalil Abdur-Rashid, our previous Muslim Programming Associate, but we must move quickly to select a new Muslim chaplain. The Office of the University Chaplain has opened up a job application online – see their message below. If you know anyone who is well-suited and willing to apply for the position, please encourage them ...

    • Serve on the board of The Muslim Protagonist! September 23rd, 2013

      Do you want to run our prestigious annual Muslim Protagonist symposium? Do you want a chance to host one of Columbia University’s biggest events of the year? Do you want to see literature used as an agent of social change — to give voice to the voiceless, write your own story for the minority narrative? Apply to serve on ...

    • Apply to be an OCM! September 16th, 2013

      Interested in working with the executive board of the MSA to plan amazing events for the community? If so, apply to be an Organizational Committee Member (OCM)! The deadline for applications is this Monday, September 30th, at 11:59 PM.  Spots are limited! Interviews will be granted to a select few during the interim period. Thank you for applying.

      Apply via ...

    • No More Sexual Assault September 16th, 2013

      Date: Thursday, October 10th
      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
      Location: The Diana Center

      Columbia University’s Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and MSA are co-hosting “No More Sexual Assault,” a panel and discussion on the cultural and religious taboos surrounding sexual assault in Muslim and South Asian communities.

      TELL ...

    • Putting Poverty in the Past September 07th, 2013

      Couldn’t make it out to hear Imam Khalid Latif, Sister Asma Hanif, and Imam Zaid Shakir speak? Check out the audio recording of the event below.

      Event Details

      Date: Thursday, September 19th
      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
      Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium

      Project Nur, the newly formed social justice arm ...

    • Welcome Dinner! September 07th, 2013

      Date: Thursday, September 12th
      Time: 8:00 PM
      Location: Lerner Party Space (Basement Floor)

      The Columbia University Muslim Students Association cordially invites you to its annual welcome back dinner, our first event of the year! Come out to meet your fellow MSA members and learn about our upcoming events while ...

    • Welcome! August 29th, 2013

      As-Salamu Alaykum,

      On behalf of the Columbia University Muslims Students Association, congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to campus! We hope you’ve moved in comfortably and are adapting well so far to life on Columbia’s campus and in NYC. Entering college can be a challenging process, for both your parents and yourself. As fellow Muslim students, ...

    • Fast-a-thon 2013: The NFL Fasts for Myanmar March 22nd, 2013

      Thanks for making this a great event! More photos can be found on our page’s Facebook album!

      Date: Tuesday, March 26th
      Time: 7:00 PM
      Location: Diana Event Oval, Barnard College

      Join MSA and NFL football player Hamza Abdullah at MSA’s annual Fast-a-Thon! One of the biggest events of the year, Fast-a-Thon is a day when ...

    • IAW 2013 January 05th, 2013

      Islam Awareness Week 2013 is here! Come join us starting this Thursday, February 7th until Friday, February 15th, for a week filled with exciting events! Be sure to attend and bring your friends! All events are open to all CUID holders; non-CUID holders are welcome to attend by RSVPing by contacting us.

      Open Mic Night ...

    • Welcome Back! August 30th, 2012

      As-Salamu Alaykum,

      On behalf of the Columbia University Muslims Students Association, I’d like to welcome you all to campus, and I sincerely hope that your move-in process has gone smoothly thus far. Leaving home and coming to university can be a hard process, for both your parents and yourself.

      And that is where we come in. The ...

    • IAW 2012: “Imagining Muslims” January 11th, 2012

      The Columbia MSA would like to welcome everyone to our annual Islam Awareness Week from Friday, February 10th to Friday, February 17th. This year’s theme is “Imagining Muslims” We hope that you will enjoy our wide array of programs listed below featuring performances, discussions, lectures, and dinners. Each event hopes to contribute a more diverse and ...

    • Welcome to the Class of 2015! October 18th, 2011

      Welcome to the Class of 2015 and congratulations on your acceptance to Columbia! We are all super excited to meet you and hope your transition to Morningside Heights while you fast and celebrate Eid is smooth and comfortable. CU MSA and NSOP have worked hard all summer to make sure you are provided with all ...

    • Fast-a-thon 2011 September 27th, 2011

      Date: Friday, October 21st
      Time: Fast-breaking reception outside of Roone @ 6:10 PM; Doors Open 7:15 PM
      Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium

      Join the Muslim Students Association and the African Students Association for MSA’s annual Fast-a-Thon!  MSA’s biggest event of the year, Fast-a-Thon is a day when students, faculty, and members of the greater NYC community ...

    • General Body Meeting September 17th, 2011

      Date: Thursday, September 22nd
      Time: 8:30pm – 10:00pm
      Location: East Ramp Lounge, Lerner Hall

      Salaam everyone and welcome back to the school year!

      The MSA would like to invite you to the first general body meeting of the semester! Come meet the board members, our new Chaplain Imam Khalil Abdur-Rashid, mingle with friends, ...

    • Eid-ul-Fitr Dinner September 17th, 2011

      Date: Friday, September 30th
      Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
      Location: Diana Event Oval

      Save the date for the 2011 MSA Eid Al-Fitr Dinner! Imam Khalil will be there to share with us his insights on Ramadan, Eid and how we can promote the blossoming of our community and our own personal ...

    • A Conversation with the Cordoba Initiative’s Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf March 04th, 2011

      Date: March 9, 2011
      Time: 8 PM, doors open at 7:15 PM
      Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium

      The Helvidius Group, the publishing body of the Columbia Journal of Politics & Society, the Middle East Institute, the Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness and the Office of the University Chaplain ...

    • A Latino Muslim Experience February 24th, 2011

      A Puerto Rican- American, Jason “Hamza” Perez accepted Islam at age 21. His award-winning documentary, ‘New Muslim Cool,” follows him as he steers away from his former life as a drug dealer and tries to rebuild a life of spirituality and peace. Hamza ...

    • Halaqa & Bear Mountain Retreat October 31st, 2010

      Time: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
      Date: Saturday, November 6th
      Place: Halaqa Location
      Retreat Location: Bear Mountain State Park, NY (Departing Columbia University Gates)

      IMPORTANT UPDATE: If you have already signed up for the retreat, please email with your name, email, and phone number. If you have ...