This week, the Islamic Society are running Discover Islam week. We caught up with Tayyib Nawaz, a second year Psychology student and Vice President of the society, to find out what’s happening.
Tell us a little bit about Discover Islam Week
It’s an opportunity for the society to teach people about Islam (hence the name!) and explain what it is and what we are. We come out onto the University campus to chat with people, allow them to ask us questions and start conversations. In recent times, with a rise in Islamophobia and the portrayal of Muslims in the media, we are clarifying the misconceptions about Islam that have been magnified. For example, the role of women; it’s a controversial topic and we are breaking the misconception that women are treated as second class citizens. We have a talk this week on Wednesday 15 March by Alima Ashfaq called ‘Breaking the misconceptions of women in Islam’, and you can also try on a hijab at our stall in The Union, which is on between 12:00 and 16:00.
What other events do you have on this week?
Apart from the talk on Wednesday, we have another lecture on Thursday 16 March in the Business School (G.26) about Jesus in Islam and another on Friday 17 March in the same place about the Purpose of Life. We’ve also got the stalls in The Union on Wednesday, and in the Business School on Thursday with food to try and lots of information to take away. We’re here for the week and we really hope it’s a successful event!
What things have the society been up to recently?
Apart from Welcome Week at the beginning of the year, we also had Charity Week in November. We have this every year, and we raise money for orphans and children in need. We had football matches, a treasure hunt and we sold doughnuts around campus. Giving to charity is a fundamental part of Islam; it’s one of the five pillars of Islam. We’re currently top of the Fundraising League and raised just over £3700.
We also had some other talks take place, which were really well attended. In February we had ‘7 Habits of the Highly Effective Muslim’, a development seminar which was attended by 90 people and was really successful – it was about dealing with exam stress and we want the guy who delivered it to come back again. We also had another talk called ‘Relationship Goals’ which was about the relationship between God and the individual – that was in the Law School lecture theatre and it was packed out.
What else is coming up in 2017?
We are organising a food drive in collaboration with the Myriad Foundation and we’re trying to organise more events and talks. Hopefully we will be organising a talk on mental health by the end of March.
To find out more or join the Islamic Society check out their page.