Thanks to everyone who came out to the MSA iftars over the summer, and a big thank you to all volunteers who helped out in anyway. Check out pictures of all three campus iftars below. Warning: you may feel a warm fuzzy sensation while viewing these photos due to the abundance of bro/sister-hood compassion.
As we experience the first days of the month of Ramadan, we welcome submissions from community members looking to showcase their creative works and their reflections. The following is one of our creative submissions, a poem by Aliza Hirani.
“awaiting my return”
waiting for my forehead to press against the smooth velvet like it once did five times
subhana rabbi al ala subhana rabbi al ala subhana rabbi al ala
hands firm on the ground not wanting to let go knowing it’s my last time
eyelashes bat across on the Kabaah to and fro
so intricately designed that my eyes yearn to be there everytime
catching every tear drop after every heavy sigh
after every istaghfar my heart so desperately pines
for forgiveness from The Only One who defines
waiting for me before I wake up
ready for me before I go to bed
and three more times in between
yet I do not come
my sajjadah awaits my return and all i can think is
Baihaqi reported on the authority of Salman Al-Farsi that the Prophet (PBUH) delivered a sermon on the last day of the month of Sha’ban. In it he said,
“O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgiveness. Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Allah (to fast and pray). Allah has honored you in it. In every breath you take is a reward of Allah, your sleep is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.”
Beloved Michigan Muslims, Ramadan Mubarak!
We pray that this special month brings you continuous blessings and benefits. We pray that God makes this special month smooth for you and accepts all your worship. We pray that it is a productive, joyous and tranquil month for you and your families. We pray that this Ramadan is your best one yet, and that you are able to experience and nourish yourself through many more Ramadans to come insha’Allah. Jazakum Allah Kheir for being an integral part of this community that, for many, provides a sense of family.
Speaking of family, they say that the family that prays together, stays together- and eats together! The MSA will be hosting a campus iftar every week during Ramadan, insha’Allah. Please save these dates and be on the lookout for emails with location details. We would love to see you and break our fasts with you!
Thursday, July 26 (East Hall – co-sponsored with the Michigan Muslim Alumni Foundation- a reunion!)
Thursday, August 2 (East Hall)
Thursday, August 9 (Rackham)
Wednesday, August 15 (Rackham)
On these nights, will also hold taraweeh prayers on campus. For all other days of the month, we are organizing carpools to the local Muslim Center of Ann Arbor (MCA). If you need a ride or can offer others a ride (even if just once a week), please e-mail Omar Hadied (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nour Soubani (email@example.com).
To use public transportation, TheRide #2 city bus can get you to the MCA in about 15 minutes. Riding the bus is free with your M-Card!