Every year, our MSA invites many people to come speak
at various meetings throughout the year about a vast range of topics.
These topics can range from something simple as why women wear a hijab, to a more controversial topic such as Jihad and its real meaning.
One of guests Tushar, came over to discuss MIST and its entirety. Many people sat in Room 531, eager to learn about MIST, as he discussed what MIST is and explained the event’s festivity.
Freshmen Fariha Ansari said the meeting was, “informative, entertaining”. She is also “excited, and looking forward to MIST 2013”. However, for some people it was a repetition of information that they have already known.
The veterans listened to the information most of which they had already known, reenergizing the hype from the MIST of the previous year.
Another memorable guest this year was Maha, a college student who came to discuss the meaning of Jihad.
This meeting started off with each MSA member discussing a moment where he or she was discriminated. It took a bit of patience to figure out which moment was most discriminatory for me! However, it was interesting how many people faced discrimination just because they were Muslim. It also brought us closer together because we shared the commonality of being discriminated. The meeting then went on to discuss Jihad, how it meant “struggle”.
Maha went on to discuss that everybody faces Jihad, in their daily life, and overcoming an impediment gives up patience, and also a better outlook of life. Many found the meeting informative, but inspirational as well. “I really enjoyed this meeting, I learned more about my religion,” said Zareen Mir, a junior.
The meeting ended with an invitational for all girls to join a weekly meeting at Jamaica Mosque. I, for example, am looking forward to these meetings; I mean who doesn’t love learning more about their religion, and eating at the same time?
Another guest we had during the year was Brother Zakir Ahmed. He came and spoke about Islamophobia. A topic plaguing many of our members. The lecture was held in the auditorium and many people came to spectate. His speech was eloquent and his argument vivid. Definitely one of the best speakers the MSA saw that year.
Another speaker The MSA saw was MD Hasan. He spoke about the issue of charity. It’s importance in Islam and how we can all contribute in our own ways. He spoke loudly and told many jokes. He was a memorable orator and the members enjoyed his company.
Another Guest we had was Brother
Bryant. He converted to Islam during his own high-school years and he spoke about his experiences in life and his transition. It was a fresh perspective and shed light on many things the sutdents were wondering about. It was a worthwhile meeting.