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 Asslamu Alaikum brothers and sisters! We areexcited that you chose to make the MSA a part of your college experience. MSA OSU has been activesince the 1970’s and has been building andexpanding with each generation of students, andinshallah you can be a part of that effort.We have a lot of exciting initiatives andevents lined up including but not limited to, fieldtrips, bonfires, fun volunteer opportunities,chances to meet prominent speakers and scholars,conferences, halaqa’s, and much more. If there isanything you would like MSA to do, contact us andwe will make it happen, inshallah.
Shine Hawramani and Zakaria Farah 
 
MSA-OSU Presidents
 
Upperclassman TalkEight Things to Learn
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 Iqra 
Issue 1: Welcome Home August 2012
Inside
Ramadan Reflections
 
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Upcoming Events
8/31- Welcome Back BBQ9/5- Salah and Wudu Workshop
Board Member Spotlight
Dua and Ayah of the Week
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The Ohio State University’s
 
 IQRA Newsletter Issue 1: Welcome Home
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 Another Ramadan has come and passed,and I sincerely hope that we all made themost of it. As I reflect on the conclusion of the most blessed month of the year, I can’thelp but be proud of all of the good habitsthat we were able to commence during it.From frequenting our mosques more often,to reading the Qur’an on a daily basis, todonating impressive sums of money for thesake of Allah, to being more patient andmore cordial when interacting with ourpeers, and much, much more. Moreover,during this Ramadan, many of us stoppedengaging in the nefarious habits that wehave formed throughout the year, anddiscontinued many of the sins that weknowingly committed, in favor of more beneficial and rewarding practices. Alhamdulilah.However, maintaining these advantageousroutines that we began during Ramadanand implementing them in our regular lives,in addition to avoiding the detrimental actsthat we terminated, proves to beconsiderably more difficult. How many of us have run straight back to our regular, lesspious life-styles after Ramadan, as if themonth was prescribed to us to be a time of “cease-fire” with our sins, rather than as anavenue for permanent victory over ourdestructive desires and the Devil?Maintaining these good habits is certainly not easy; it takes a tremendous amount of  will power and commitment; but in the endit is all that matters.The preservation of the phenomenal deedsthat we performed during Ramadan andthe higher attainment of God-consciousness and piety we achievedduring the holy month are signs that Allahaccepted our deeds during the month.Furthermore, by humbling ourselves—recognizing that all of the good we havedone is from the guidance of Allah—inaddition to constantly thanking our Creatorfor all that He has blessed us with, all of our deeds will, inshAllah, be accepted andall of our sins will be forgiven.
“And[remember] when your Lordproclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I willsurely increase you [in favor]; but if  you deny, indeed, My punishment issevere’”
(The Holy Qur’an 14:7). This beautiful ayah from Surat Ibrahim shouldserve as a powerful reminder of Allah’smercy, and power.It is important to remember that Ramadanis not the only time when Allah forgives hiscreation; and it is certainly not the only time when He accepts good deeds. If you worship Ramadan, then know thatRamadan is over, but if you worship Allah,then know that Allah is the God of allmonths! Let us work to increase our worship throughout the entire year, and if  Allah allows us to see the next Ramadan,then let us meet it as better Muslims than we were the year before.
 
 Abdulrahman AlwattarPublic Affairs-Non Profit Management ‘15
 
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IQRA Newsletter Issue 1: Welcome Home
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UpperclassmenTalk
Brothers at MSA BBQ 12 
 
One time a scholar asked one of his students, "You have spenta long time with me, what have you learned?" He said Ilearned eight things:First, I looked to the creation. Everyone has a loved one. Whenhe goes to the grave, he leaves his loved one. Therefore, I mademy loved one my good deeds; that way, they will be with me inthe grave.Second, I looked to the verse, "But as for him who feared tostand before his Lord and restrained his soul from lust,"therefore; I struggled against my desires so I could stayobeying Allah.Third, I saw that if anyone has something with him that isworth something, he would protect it. Then I thought about theverse, "That which you have is wasted away; and that which iswith Allah remains," therefore, everything worth somethingwith me I devoted to Him so it would be with Him for me.Fourth, I saw the people seeking wealth, honor and positionsand it was not worth anything to me. Then I thought about Allah's words, "Lo, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah isthe most aware of Allah, so I did my best to become aware of  Allah in order to gain nobility in his sight.Fifth, I saw the people being jealous towards each other and Ilooked at the verse, "We have apportioned among them theirlivelihood in the life of the world", so I left jealousy.Sixth, I saw the people having enmity and I thought about theverse, "Lo, the devil is an enemy for you, so take him as anenemy", so I left enmity and I took the Satan as my onlyenemy.Seventh, I saw them debasing themselves in search of sustenance and I thought about the verse, "And there is not abeast in the earth but the sustenance thereof depends on Allah", so I kept myself busy with my responsibilities towardHim and I left my property with Him.Eighth, I found them relying on their business, buildings andhealth and I thought about the verse, "And whosoever puts histrust in Allah, He will suffice him", therefore, I put my trustonly on Allah.
To freshman, for your classesgoing to lectures every day isreally important. Be sure tomanage your time wisely andchoose what is truly importantto focus on! If you need helpdo not be afraid to ask andalso even if you may not needhelp ask questions…establisha relationship with theprofessor!-Mashhood ‘14GET INVOLVED! By gettinginvolved in studentorganizations that interestyou, your time at OSU will beso much more substantial!You’ll meet new people andgain from the experiences
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-Mohab ‘13 

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