Ahead of Discover Islam Series, which starts on Friday 5th March, we caught up with the Islamic Society to find out what it's all about, and to see what else they've got planned for the rest of the year...
What is Discover Islam Series all about?
Discover Islam Series is a project where the Islamic Society gets to introduce and represent Islam to those that are unaware of Islam and as well as for those that are intrigued to find out more. It’s the perfect way to learn more about Islam, who we Muslims are and how our faith shapes our lives.
So what have you got planned?
This year we have a multitude of events throughout the week(s) that outline the key understandings and concepts of our religion to benefit and help spread awareness. Join us as we take a look back at some of the magnificent Islamic civilisations that have shaped the modern day and listen to an inspiring story of one of the female companions of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Tune in to hear stories of what it is like to become a Muslim and ask any questions that you may have about Islam/being a Muslim. Together, we will explore the religion of Islam further and would love to see you there, God-willing!
Our first event of our Discover Islam Series will be on ‘The Expansion of Islam’ on Friday 5th March at 6.30pm via Zoom (please see poster on our ISOC socials or on the SU website). Please sign up via this link to keep up to date with all the events lined up.
What have you been up to recently as a society?
Over the past few months we as an ISOC have planned and carried out various events for our membership. One of the highlights was our annual Qur’an Week where we had several events on the stories of Prophets and Messengers of God that are specifically mentioned in the Qur’an. We looked at the stories of Prophets Muhammad, Moses/Musa, Abraham/Ibrahim, Jonah/Yunus and Joseph/Yusuf. We were very pleased to have a few hundred individuals attend our events over the two weeks and it was also wonderful to see so many students from other universities join our events.
We also organised regular weekly sessions for our members where we get together, enjoy each other’s company especially in this time of Covid-19 and discuss topics and ideas relevant to us. We are also currently taking part in a local charity and environmental initiative called Believe and Do Good (BADG) campaign. The campaign is organised by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) of which we are a member. This year we as an ISOC have decided that all proceeds from our society merchandise will go towards the New Cross Project as part of our BADG campaign who are handing out food and essential parcels to those that are in need.
What challenges have you faced with running the society this year?
This year with Covid-19, like many other societies it has been a different challenge to keep our members engaged. However, we have adapted our strategy to an increased online presence to allow us to benefit our members and the wider community. It has also been a chance for us all to develop ourselves and this time period has helped all of us on the Committee become better individuals.
And what have you got planned for the rest of the year?
We’re still planning some more events and activities so please keep an eye out on our socials to find our more and keep up to date. If you are thinking about joining the Islamic Society or would like to know more, please get in touch with the President or Vice President. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a DM on any of our socials: Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.