September 2013 Weekly Emails


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24 September 2013


  • MSA Tutoring and Mentoring Program

  • MSA Book Club

  • Panel Discussion: Islamic Art, Religion, & History

  • Welcoming Natavan Khan!

  • The State of Our Bathrooms

  • Girl Rising Film Screening

  • Islamic Media: Sense and Sensation

  • Rapping Revolution

  • Service Opportunities in Leadership

Recurring Events


Every Wednesday, 8:00 pm at the CML

Join us for the Wednesday halaqa (study-circle) as we thematically explore how to engage with the Qur'an constructively so that it guides, inspires, and challenges us in many different realms of life. We will also learn how scholars have been inspired by the message of the Qur'an throughout Muslim history by exploring different subjects like theology, law, ethics, and spirituality. Check the website for further details!


Fridays at 12:45 pm in the Chapel Lounge

The Chapel lounge can be found by going towards the left side of the chapel as you face it, walking down the steps, continuing down the path and entering from the accessible entrance. Once inside, take the left and walks towards the back to the lounge. Look for Muslims.

If you (sisters can have their Khutbahs read by any male) are interested in writing and/or delivering a Khutbah this semester, please contact Abdul Latif (arl24 AT


(Friday) 6 pm at the CML

Join MSA at this week's meeting, hosted at yours truly, the CML.


Saturday, 11 am at the CML

Enjoy a delicious meal and stimulating conversation with fellow graduate students! This week we will have Arabic instructor Maha Houssami and INJAZ president Alex Schnapp present the work that their organization has been doing with the refugee population in the local area. Please join us to learn more about the situation of refugees and what we all can do to help!

MSA Exec Meetings

Mondays, 7pm, Languages 208

For those interested, feel free to sit in and join the MSA Exec meetings every week. Feel free to also check out the minutes from the most recent meeting and our MSA Calendar!


-Muslimah Collegian National Ambassadors Program

#>Visit the academic opportunities tab on the Duke MSA site for further details

Narrated by Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "If one give in charity what equals one date-fruit for the honestly-earned money and Allah accepts only the honestly earned money --Allah takes it in His right (hand) ar then enlarges its reward for that person (who has given it), as anyone of you brings up his baby horse, so much that it becomes as big as a mountain.

-Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Book 24, #491

Assalamu Alaikum MSA!

MSA Tutoring and Mentoring Program

Sundays 1-2:30 pm

Parkwood Masjid

Duke MSA will be joining a nationwide mentorship program, which will give an opportunity for the Muslim youth of Durham to receive academic guidance through one-on-one mentoring, homework assistance, SAT preparation, and assistance with college/career preparation. Through this program, we hope to offer the resources of Duke University and role models for students, while also building a stronger connection between the Duke MSA and the greater Durham Muslim community insha’Allah.

The program will be held from 1:00-2:30 PM every Sunday at the Parkwood Masjid. Sign up here, and for any further questions, contact Umer Ahmed at ua5 @

MSA Book Club!

26 September, Thursday 9 pm

Keohane Atrium (4E)

MSA's new book club will be starting this week iA! The purpose of the group will be to have small discussions on topics in Islam with a goal to gain concrete knowledge in each session. The first discussion meeting will be on Thursday, September 26 at 9PM in the Keohane Atrium (4E) discussing lessons and reflections on Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) early life up to the beginning of adolescence. The book club is planned that the reading load will never be overwhelming in order to make it easy for anyone to attend. Come by and enjoy the engaging discussion and snacks!! For more information and reading PDFs contact Noreen Khan (

Panel Discussion: Islamic Art, Religion, & History

26 September, Thursday 7 pm

Duke Nasher Museum of Art

Learn more about Islamic architecture, gardens, religion and art, and Doris Duke’s relationship to these themes as expressed through her Islamic art collection in Shangri La. Panelists are Glaire Anderson, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Imam Abdullah Antepli, Muslim chaplain at Duke University; and Judith Ernst, artist and writer; moderated by miriam cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. Reception to follow.

Welcoming Natavan Khan!

Please Welcome the latest great addition to our community ! Natavan Khan, who has been working as a temporary employee at CML, is now Center for Muslim Life’s new permanent Staff Assistant. Natavan is originally from Azerbaijan. She is already known to our community and loved by all. Please feel free to reach out to her. She will be physically present at CML from Mon-Fri from 8 am to 5 pm. She can be reached at: & 919.613 6778. Glad to have you joined us Natavan, Welcome !

The State of Our Bathrooms

We have been fortunate to be able to use the bathrooms in the Chapel basement to perform our Wudhu before the Jummah prayer. However, we have recently received complaints of the conditions of the bathrooms left afterwards. Please take extra care to clean up water backsplash that occurs during your ablution, to replace the pitchers after use, and to throw your paper towels into the wastebin!

Girl Rising Film Screening

24 September, Tuesday 7 pm

Smith Warehouse, Bay 4

The Student Advisory Board at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute will be hosting a screening of Girl Rising. Come out if you're interested, and here's more details!

Islamic Media: Sense and Sensation

4 October, Friday 9 am Keynote

John Hope Franklin Center 240

Come out to this interactive workshop exploring the austetics of Middle Eastern Islam through various digital productions, music, art, and social media! Guest speakers will include Hent De Vries, Yasmin Moll, Mark LeVine, Yasser Tabbaa, Laura Marks, and Mazyar Lotfalian. Check out the webiste for more info!

Rapping Revolution

4 October, Friday 9 pm


Come out for a night of fun with the Rapping Revolution dance party and music jam! Performances and music from the Arab World and beyond! Learn more here!

Service Opportunities in Leadership

Want more SOL in your life? Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL) is a nationally recognized, year-long leadership development program,integrating community service, field research, and critical reflection within an academic framework. The SOL experience is comprised of three parts: a spring preparation course, a summer community-based research project, and a fall capstone seminar.

To learn more about the program and hear directly from current and former SOL students, attend one of our information sessions below! Applications are due by 5 Oct, which can be found here. Contact Sanjana Marpadga for additional questions!


Wednesday, October 2rd

Sanford Room 05

6:00 PM

Monday, October 21st

Griffith Board Room in the BC

6:00 PM