Outreach is a fundamental program area in our MSA. A core part of Islam, Outreach teaches us to extend our hands out to those around us. In Surat Al-Hujarat, Allah says: "Oh mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.
Indeed the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted." (49:13)
At UIUC, we attempt to incorporate and engage students of all backgrounds. Some of our
highlights include Islam Awareness Week, Wear a Hijab Day and our Annual Mosque Visit. To learn more about these events and other Outreach activities, read on or contact us.
Volunteering is at the center of Outreach. The MSA organizes volunteer events biweekly at various locations. Some of our volunteering experiences include Times Center food packaging, CIMIC cleanup, iHelp, Wesley Food Pantry and Campus day of service. If you'd like to participate in our volunteering events, check out our volunteering page!
This year we traveled to Fayetteville, NC to work with a local church organization and offer some relief. We were also able to explore parts of NC and visit local mosques!
ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK
Every year, the MSA starts the school year with a campus wide week of awareness - Islam Awareness Week. The program takes a different forms every year but adheres to the core message of awareness.
One of the more marked and ceremonious events of the week includes Wear A Hijab Day (WAHD), a social experiment that allows non-Muslim students to experience a day in Hijab and share their highlights in a group led discussion. Students have shared inspiring and telling stories about the ways they felt different being in Hjab for a day.
During this week of awareness, the MSA and CIMIC collaborate to offer students a Mosque Visit during Friday Congregrational Prayer. Students experience the reality of prayer among the Muslim community and become more in touch with the traditions of Islam within the Mosque. Some students have emerged from the Mosque Visit with a renewed perception of Islam and Muslims.