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Investing: The Muslim Model

Want free hot chocolate tomorrow at 4?

High yields. No Compromises.

Come join the Muslim Students Association (WesMSA) and The Committee for Investor Responsibility for a presentation on Islam-based strategies Muslim and Non-Muslim investors have utilized in the past decade to generate sizable returns without the compromise of conscience. The presentation will be given by Mansoor Alam ’15, who currently serves as an Organizational Consultant to UNESCO.

The event is additionally being cosponsored by The Interfaith Justice League and The Catholic Students Association.


Date: Thursday November 1st
Time: 4pm
Place: PAC 001
Facebook: here

9/11 Memorial – Tonight

9/11 MemorialFrom Mansoor Alam ’15:

Come join us tonight for an informal discussion and conversation on 9/11. To remember the victims both here and abroad, regardless of race and creed, to discuss what has happened in the years following, and to honor our responsibility of pledging to move forward in the direction of peace and justice.  Hosted by the MSA, tea and coffee will be served.

Date: Tonight, 9/11
Time: 9PM
Place: Library, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL)

New Muslim Cool: The Story of a Puerto Rican-American Muslim

Puerto-Rican food!? YUHHHH

Join the Muslim Student Association, Ajùa Campos, La Casa and Turath House for a screening of New Muslim Cool, a documentary about the life of a Puerto Rican-American Muslim.

From the filmmakers’ website:

Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez ended his life as a drug dealer 12 years ago, and started down a new path as a young Muslim…But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and challenge himself. He starts reaching for a deeper understanding of his faith, discovering new connections with people from Christian and Jewish communities.

Halal Puerto Rican food will be served!

Date:   April 21

Time:   6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Place:  Shanklin 107

2010 Fast-A-Thon

Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon?

1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $16,000 for the local food pantry. This year the Fast-a-Thon is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever, but we need your help!!!!!

Different ways to donate points:

  1. fill out a donation slip that can find in your mailbox
  2. donate at different tables set outside of Usdan marketplace, WesWings, and Summerfields
  3. go to: www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/fastathon.html

The idea behind the Fast-a-thon is to donate the points/meals that you would have eaten that day towards Amazing Grace Food Pantry. It is recommended to fast just to experience what Ramadan is like, but it is by no means required.

On the day of the event we will begin with a number of speakers to introduce the event and explain its significance. Then we will break our fast with dates and eat a delicious Indian feast from Haveli’s. If you get there early you will also receive a free t-shirt!

Sponsored by: IJL, MSA, SBC, ResLife, SALD, Chaplain’s office, Haveli, Bon Appetit, OCS

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 30
  • Time: 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Place: Beckham Hall

Fast-a-thon 2010 Volunteer Info Meeting

Yet another opportunity to do good in the world:

Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon? 1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $16,000 for the local food pantry. If you’d like to HELP WITH THIS YEAR’S FAST-A-THON, there will be a meeting for volunteers on Sept 15.

This year’s Fast-a-Thon is going to be enormous and we really need your help to make it a success! If you can’t make it to the meeting but want to help, send an email to hjafri(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. Get pumped, and we hope to see you there!


The Fast-a-Thon Planning Committee

  • Date: TODAY, Sept. 15
  • Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Place: Usdan 110

Donate your points/Fast-a-thon Banquet in Beckham Hall

fast-a-thonThis Thursday is the 3rd annual Wesleyan Fast-a-thon and Ramadan Banquet: delicious free Indian food from Haveli and free t-shirts for participants, and all in support of a great cause.

Last year, 850 people participated and raised $11,400 for the local Amazing Grace Soup Kitchen in Middletown.

Help beat that record by donating just a few points (or a lot, up to you) from your meal plan – give up some of your potential food so someone less fortunate can have some:

This Thursday is Wesleyan’s 3rd Annual Fast-a-Thon and Ramadan Banquet. Participants are invited to join the rest of the campus in fasting for a day, and/or donating points, cash, or check to the Amazing Grace Soup Kitchen in Middletown. This event raises money to fight hunger in our local community, and demonstrates solidarity against poverty across all boundaries.

Don’t wait, donate and/or RSVP now at the Fast-a-thon website.

All participants are invited to the break-fast Banquet this Thursday, 5:45PM in Beckham Hall, with FREE dinner from Haveli India and free t-shirts. There will also be a raffle for all those who donated. Seats at the Banquet are limited, so come early!

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!
Fast-a-Thon Planning Committee

Facebook event here.
Please email interfaith.fastathon@gmail with any questions.

Sponsored by: Interfaith Justice League, Muslim Student Association, Haveli, Bon Appetit, Office of Residential Life, Muslim Coalition of CT, University Chaplains, Office of Community Service, SBC, SALD

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 5:45 pm
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: Free dinner, but please donate some points!

Environmental Ethics and Islam Lecture

The events of Islam in Converation 2009 continue, with a lecture by Faraz Khan on environmental ethics in Islam:

On Friday February 20, at 4:30 PM in PAC 001, Faraz Khan will deliver a lecture entitled, “Environmental Ethics and Islam: Providing a Pragmatic Model.”

Khan is now a senior wetland scientist for the State of New Jersey, but he started his professional career as a teacher of Islamic Studies. He obtained a degree in Quranic Recitation (Qira’at) from the University of Damascus before then earning his B.A. in Environmental Geology at Rutgers University. Khan later became certified in wetland science through a program at Cook College – Rutgers University, and he taught as an adjunct professor of environmental science at Passaic County College. In addition to his wetlands work, he currently serves as an advisor to the Muslim Student Associations at both Rutgers University and Princeton University.

Khan will discuss the Islamic concept of khalifa, or “stewardship” over nature, as a potential remedy to our modern-day “waste culture.” …“Secular” environmental ethics, according to Khan, assumes a dichotomy between humans and other living organisms and therefore frames all ethical questions in either biocentric or anthropocentric terms. Khan compares this approach to the holistic “sacred ethics” of sharia (Islamic law): “In essence, the nature or environment is a creation of God and any deviation from natural way (fitra) is a divergence from the way of God. This natural way or fitra is a Qur’anic concept that takes into an account the harmony in creation and the balance that exists between living and nonliving creatures.”

Come to the lecture and find out more!

Date: Friday February 20
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: PAC 001

Islamic Solutions to the Global Financial Crisis

Sara Swetzoff ’09, on behalf of the Muslim Student Association, sends in some information about an event in the “Islam in Conversation 2009” series:

Taha Abdul-Basser, Chaplain of the Harvard Islamic Society, will lecture on Islamic solutions to the global financial crisis, on Monday February 16 at 7:00 in PAC002. Abdul-Basser has been teaching Islam in the Boston area since graduating from Harvard in 1996 with a degree in comparative religion. He is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation in post-formative Islamic ethics and traditional Arabic literary theory, in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.

Islamic banking is often described as “ethical banking” and proponents claim that the current financial crisis would not have occurred under the Islamic model. The two most basic principles of Islamic banking are the prohibition of usury (means: no charging interest!) and sharing of profit. In compliance with Islamic law (shariah), Islamic banking must also discourage investment in companies that provide products or services prohibited by Islamic law (such as alcohol and gambling). But the moral compass extends beyond simple prohibitions: in Islamic banking, profit and risk are always shared by the borrower and the lender. A recent article on Islamic banking explains the mortgage system under Islamic law: “A Sharia-compliant mortgage is like rent-to-own: There is no note, or mortgage, but typically part of each month’s payment is held toward the ultimate purchase. The property is titled to an individual trust, or limited liability corporation.” (Michigan bank operates by Islamic law, San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, January 21, 2009)

Islamic banking is becoming more mainstream worldwide. Five Islamic banks operate successfully in the UK and their popularity is not without controversy. Some people have voiced their wariness of Islamic banking and its motives. But “Western” banking and Islamic banking are not so dissenting: they even have shared ancestry! The earliest forms of capital and capital accumulation, checks and promissory notes, loaning and trusts were innovated by medieval Islamic banking and spread to Europe by the thirteenth century. Come to Monday’s lecture and learn more on Islamic banking and the future of the global economy.

When: Monday, February 16 at 7:00pm
Where: PAC 002

Vigil for Gaza

Please join us for a vigil that commemorates and reflects upon the innocent lives lost and disrupted in the recent conflict in Gaza. We plan to join in solidarity with the hope of peace.

This event is hosted by AMES (Arab and Middle Eastern Students), ADAPT (Awareness, Dialogue, and Action about Palestine/Israel Today), the IJL (Interfaith Justice League), the MSA (Muslim Student Association), and the Havurah (Jewish student association).

What: Vigil for Gaza
When: Wednesday, Jan 28th from 9pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Smith Reading Room (usually the quiet room inside Olin)

"Obsession" Screening

The Muslim Students’ Association will be screening the film Obsession tomorrow afternoon. In case you haven’t heard of it, Obsession is a recent documentary about the threat posed by radical Islamist ideologies, which has been criticized for being Islamophobic.

It’s also controversial because over 28 million DVD copies of it have been distributed for free in the past few months by direct mail in political swing states, and through major newspapers – including the New York Times.

Decide for yourself – if 28 million votes could possibly be affected by this thing, it might be worth watching.

[EDIT 10/20, 9:30 am]
The event has been cancelled.