Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|05/09/01 at 22:06:18|
as salaamu alaykum wa rahmatAllahi wa barakatuh,
Aiite y'all, time to teach the younguns something :)
I'll be attending college next year, inshaAllah, and will most likely be seriously involved in the MSA.
Those of you who are experienced in msa work, what advice can you give me?
|05/10/01 at 12:04:29|
|as salam o alaikum|
i would suggest do not volunteer for every activity the msa may plan. It is easy to start taking on so much work that you would lose focus on school. As there is often a difficult adjustment to Univ..other then that enjoy the first year at univ, as msa will suck you in ....
|05/10/01 at 12:50:42|
Remember to keep your cool, ( be patient) ;) and have fun!
|05/14/01 at 11:37:21|
MashaALlah! :) Congratulations, mabrook !:):):):)
Well... U'll be heading for one of the most fruitful, wonderful and sweetest time of your life... well... that's what happened to me... it's no wonder why I wanna go back to uni! :)
Subhanallah... I'm starting to remember all of those years...
Ukhti... I'm so glad that U would want to be involved in the MSA, alhamdulillah! Though I've not actually experienced being in an AMerican MSA... but I think the British ISoc is close enough, inshaAllah ;)
And I would recommend for those going to unis to be an active member of the MSA.. coz, to me, uni is not just about getting that flat hat scroll ;)... it's more than that... it is a place where we learn, grow, mature... a training ground to prepare us for the real battle field, when we graduate... coz, uni is like a small replica of the society.... Ukhti, we either be the ordinary student/graduate, or the extra-ordinary student/graduate who can contribute positive changes to the society. And that, one can't just learn in the lecture theatres. We need to go out... get active, learn... meet and interact with people, organise events... feel the pain and sweetness....
Reading, your posts, ukhti, I think a lot can benefit from you, mashaAllah... and where Allah has placed you, is not merely due to chance... and even if we're just learning about Islam.. well, we'll take things at our own pace but always know that each of us have got something to contribute.... the question is... how do we optimise the position that Allah has given us, no matter how small it is?
Let us also strive to get not only a good degree... but a blessed degree... a degree with barakah... Some may say... one may be too busy with work, we've got to concentrate on studies and the like... but ALlah promised in SUrah Muhammad that He would make our steps firm if we help in His cause. And Allah never breaks His promise....At the end of the day, it is ALlah that would give us the barakah of time, the barakah of thought, and barakah in our work. It's different when someone passes with a first class without barakah and someone who does... even if he/she gets a a grade lower... I'm not saying that we neglect our uni work.. no... not at all....
But...it's about time management, working hard and smart, and a strong iman to ALlah... and uni is the place to build our iman, take stock on our experiences and observations, build our character.... Frankly, when we're students, that is the time, when we have LOADS of time in our hands.... after graduation, we would be busier... and once we get married... have children... most of our time would be channelled to other activities. Cut down on TV, internet (this is a tough one, ain't it? ;)), idle chit chat... and you'll see the amount of time you'll have, mashaALlah....
Ukhti... we know that da'wah is fardh... and we talk/ read so much about sacrifice... but sacrifice is not about "reading/ talking the talk".... it's walking it. Sacrifice is something felt... and with Islam in your heart, and the knowledge of following the greatest sunnah of the prophets (ie. da'wah and struggling)... the MSA, is a good platform to channel our ideas and energy to.... yes, it is VERY important for us to excel academically... but let us also have our priorities straight as well... development is not just in excelling our acedemic life... but it's more than that.
Plus... uni is a place where the "intellectuals" the "creme de la creme" of the society go to... people who think, people who will be future leaders, people who will have the influence to effect the society... Be a part of those who are developed by their involvement in seeking knowledge and experience and be a part of those who help develop other people... Let us raise above our own standards and don' underestimate ourselves! :)
I think, I've been rattling for too long... I'm sorry... U just touched a real passionate topic of mine, mashaALlah....
All the best ukhti... and keep strong :)
|05/14/01 at 18:59:05|
|wa alaykum alsalam wa rhmat Allah wa barakatuhu|
masha'Allah:-) ... sis Barr took all the words outta my mouth so my words of wisdom are 'what she said'
but one thing to stress as well ... time management is essential... studies are important (thats why ur in uni right?)but when u don't stay on top of things-u begin to panic..and this is where the MSA seems to lose support...ppl panic and decide not to help out, but as sis Barr said, u lose the barakah, and just as important, u make it tougher for those who have to carry the load...i've heard many ppl say that the MSA is fueled by its volunteers -the more people that help out-the smoother things go and the work gets spread out more.
But the time management goes for everything-ur studies, msa work, employment, etc...there should be a balance...the best way to do this is to take advantage of any free-time u have, to start early on studying for an exam, or preparing for Islam Awareness Week (start as early as possible for this or else hmm well lets say 'all nighters' aren't something unusual)
oh and THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ..constantly keep ur intentions in check..if ur doing something and ur intention is for other than pleasing Allah - u risk losing the blessing and reward....
MSA is a unique experience that i really encourage.....if anything you come out as a better muslim insha'Allah. And you form a muslim family - kinda like a mini-ummah...the type of people where u always feel the sweetness of faith when ur in their company ...subhan Allah:-)
the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow insha'Allah..pls seize the opportunity - not many people have this type of chance..alhamdulillah we do
walsalamu alaykum wa rhmat Allah wa barakatuhu
|05/15/01 at 13:40:42|
|Remember that your working with a team of people and that you all are working together for a common goal, fisibilellah. Keeping your intention straight is hard to do, I find, when working with MSA because, naturally, you get so caught up in things and it's exciting. I also found while working with my MSA that members have a tendency to get "comfortable" with one another. This is cool and everything but when brothers and sisters get too comfortable, it can lead to some sinning (I'm talking minor things, insha'Allah, people working in MSA wouldn't commit anything major). Remember, for example, that the Prophet, sallahoo alayhe wa salam, said, "The brother-in-law is death" because brother-and-sister-in-laws see each other more, talk more to one another, and thus, tend to become more lax with one another in their manners and speech. |
Keep sisters involved-for some strange reason, they always have a tendency to creep out of involvement. I don't know how developed the MSA is where you'll be attending college, but make sure you guys know your rights as an established club. Many schools can fund thousands of dollars to these clubs but MSA's don't take advantage of it because they just don't know-and of course, no one is gonna tell you if you don't ask... Stay organized, dedicated and committed, and take it seriously. Be open and inviting to all Muslims and don't be critical...insha'Allah working with MSA will be a great learning experience for yourself and those around you.
|05/15/01 at 18:23:14|
I had a question about an issue that's come up in our Muslim group on campus. Alhamdulilah we've been able to have jummah in one of the conference rooms on our campus each week, and each week we all take turns doing the khutbah. The issue that arose, was if it was alright for the sisters to take a turn and say a few words or read something they found to be beneficial. I have tried looking online for some answers but haven't come up with anything. Does anyone here know if it's permissible for a sister to do the khutbah for jummah?
|05/15/01 at 19:15:34|
Good question Ruqayyah!
And let me add ...
If the answer is "no" then "why not?"
|05/15/01 at 21:42:58|
|I'm just guessing that it's probably not permissible for a sister to do the khutba because the one leading the prayer is the one who does the khutba and that is the imam. And a woman can not be an imam for men. If sisters are doing their own jumuah prayer w/out brothers, then that would be another story, I think. W'allahoo Alam. Could you do some other type of event where sisters could read passages of literature or talk about something?|
|05/16/01 at 08:15:50|
|actually the person who does the khutba does not have to lead the prayer|
|05/16/01 at 12:58:24|
Zeyn's right. We've had some guest speakers come into our town who refused to lead the prayer after finishing the khutbah! They wanted our imam to lead the prayer. One of them was Ahmad al-Katib of IARA.
|05/16/01 at 14:43:15|
|wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatAllahi wa barakatuh,|
jazak Allahu khayran for the advice given so far. :)
[quote]Does anyone here know if it's permissible for a sister to do the khutbah for jummah? [/quote]
I think the question here is whether the jummah khutbah is actually a part of *prayer* or not. I don't know the answer though, perhaps this is something you should take to your local imam or someone knowledgeable in your commu