MSA ThankOff

Many of my life experiences have been highly influenced by years of constantly moving homes to chase the best school system, no matter where in the garden state it was.  Since I was continuously moving, there was always that fear that whether I liked it or not, I was going to lose some people on…

Dumb Ways to Die

I sometimes feel like I think way too much. I need to stop. Now some people might say: What a silly conclusion! Why Hira, you spend way too much time thinking about the most useless things in the world! And that, my friends, is something that hits way too close to home. But really, you…

#MuslimsOfRutgers: What College is For

The following was written precisely on the night after graduation on May 19, 2014 at 1:50 AM in my bed at home. “They say that the majority of communication between humans is non-verbal. I forget the exact percentage, but I believe it. I don’t know–maybe I’m just awkward (ok, maybe I’m very awkward). #CommunicationsClass Now…

Your Life on Campus During Winter… As Told by GIFS

1. When the temperature is in the 30s and you know it’s gonna get colder 2. Daylight savings is in full effect and it’s getting dark around 5 PM 3. Getting an email about Rutgers’ operating status and it only says that all campuses are open and operating 4. Walking to class is such a struggle. 5….

Welcome Back!

Asalaamu alaykum and welcome back to a new semester at Rutgers! Hey, what’s better than seeing some familiar faces around campus on your first day back? Sure, getting back into classes and one homework assignment after another is tough, but maybe it’s worth it in the end if you get to be with your family…

10 Ways to Avoid a Handshake

We’ve all been there. We’ve all anticipated it and tried to prevent any awkwardness. You’ve just met someone of the opposite sex. And you see it, they’re extending their hand and oH GOD WHAT DO YOU DO? Here are some tips on how to approach this situation in a COMPLETELY smooth fashion. (Disclaimer: Results may vary).

Making the Most out of Your College Experience

As I looked through the classes offered next semester, at one point I realized I was preparing the schedule for my very last semester as a Rutgers undergraduate. It goes by really fast so here are a couple of tips on making the most of it! 1. Unless you’re absolutely sure of what you want…

Covertly Doing Wudu in a Public Restroom

Public restrooms are just in general the worst. You know what’s even worse? Having to do your wudu in public restrooms. No one wants to get caught with their foot in the sink. No one wants to be that Muslim that makes other non-Muslims think we’re such weirdos (though the mainstream media does a good…

Dedicated to Rutgers

by Anonymous Tired eyes and rustled hair stared at me in the morning Her mouth pursed in defiance, “Don’t judge” Eyeliner besmudged. Pretty, as she always wanted, but I remember That she had been beautiful once. I feebly stood before her as Palaces of lies around me were built The parties roared on into the…

Managing Your Time

Is it humanly possible to get enough sleep, have a social life, and do well in your classes? Well, you can at least try with the following tips: 1. Keep a calendar of when all of your assignments are due and when your exams are. Being able to visually see when important dates are coming…

Preparing for the New Semester

Welcome back everyone to the new school year! It’s exciting to return and start new classes, but it’s also terrifying and overwhelming because you haven’t really developed a groove yet. So, what do you do? 1. Get yourself a planner. College can be overwhelming, so it’s an absolute must to stay organized. 2. Actually USE your…

ICYMI: Reasons to Come to the #MSAKickOff

RU-MSA isn’t just on Facebook — through the past year, we’ve been working hard on spreading our horizons, ’cause we know you’ll just never get tired of us. Yesterday, we asked followers on Twitter to let us know why they’re excited for the kickoff tomorrow at PR, Insha’Allah: Are you excited for the MSA kick off? Let…

Welcome Home

Peace, brothers and sisters! Welcome back—or for the first time to our transfers and freshies, welcome to Rutgers, and welcome home to your MSA family! We’ve got loads of stuff planned for this year, Insha’Allah, both on this blog and definitely off of it, so be sure to stay on the lookout here, on the…

Until Next Time…

‘Tis been quite the year, Alhamdulillah. There’s not much left for me to put into words at this point…all the words are already written and published in the posts you may or may not have seen these past few months right here on this blog. But I will say a little to sign off for…

Parting Words

Because yesterday was the last official day of 2013-2014 MSA, here are a few words from some of the past year’s shura and specialty officers. Insha’Allah there’s benefit in the words below, for at least one pair of eyes. And btdubs, we’re simply getting the conversation started. Leave your answers to these questions in the…

The Blessings of Rutgers

As Muslims we are told to say Alhumdulillah for all the blessings Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala gifted us with. We are also taught that the blessings of our Lord are limitless, that they are innumerable. After my first experience of Islam Awareness Week, it was as if Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala was so evidently showering…

We are the #MuslimsOfRutgers

It’s amazing what a simple smile and kind gesture can do for a person. When I learned of the MSA’s plans to go from campus to campus (that means stepping beyond the doors of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center—OMG—I know), giving out goodie bags full of chocolate and messages of “Smile! It’s Charity,” my first thought…

All Hope Is Not Lost

Stories can be told in many ways. Today, Submissions tells the story of last night’s general event in the form of tweets posted during the event itself (with a little commentary along the way). Change in topic—#PropheticWay starting now Insha'Allah! Make your way over to the Paul Robeson Cultural Center! — Rutgers MSA (@rutgersmsa) March…

A Real Relationship

MSA shook things up with this week’s general event, Paired in Paradise—yes, that annual event on marriage, and NO—not a matrimonial event. Let’s kill the stereotype please, right now, in case it’s still floating around in any misinformed minds out there. Not everyone who attended last night was desperate to get married. Everyone I spoke with…

Grand Project

Winter break ended. I came back to Rutgers knowing it would be a tough semester. Senior Design project has started. A yearlong endeavor in which we, Industrial Engineers, use all the knowledge that has been instilled in us to do this grand project and prove that we can do it; we are capable. A yearlong…

Based on a True Story

Throughout my first three years here at Rutgers, whenever someone asked me if I was going to the MSA event on any particular night, my answer was always no. I never knew about the student organization’s events until a few hours before their scheduled time, and that didn’t fit into my preplanned routine of driving…

Making Your First Impression

Success. What is success and how do we attain it? Everyone has their own aspirations and desires, but attaining success requires essential skills. Last night, Rutgers MSA hosted First Impression, a career workshop event. Alhamdulillah, it was definitely an event worthwhile. MSA President, Asad Mian, kicked off the event with a short introduction, noting the…

A Tale of Three Shahadas

To a person looking for a source of peace and meaning, this Deen is a way of life he will do anything to grab hold of. To a longtime sinning person, when he starts learning about his Deen, he never wants to go back to the way he was. To a person who held onto…

Islam: The Greatest Anti-Depressant

Brother Mazen Mokthar joined the Rutgers University MSA  yesterday night in Paul Robeson and shed some light on the issue of depression. He talked about the differences between sadness, minor depression, and major depression. He emphasized some depressions  occurred because of a chemical imbalance and some medical reasons, situations in which medical assistance should be…

Stress: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

The last month of this semester is upon us. We wrap up in a rush trying to accomplish as much as possible to avoid ruining all our hard work in the beginning of the year. It’s always a stressful time, perhaps filled with regret or fear. I have a few tips and tricks to deal…

The Eid Banquet Experience

With Muslim brothers and sisters from all over campus and beyond, the community celebrated together for the biggest event of the semester, Rutgers University MSA’s Eid Banquet. Keynote speaker, former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, shared his journey to Islam and the NBA with the 300-plus crowd on Monday night. He preached a message of hard…