Salaam! I’m a third year ECE student from Cleveland. This past year, I served as Co-Outreach chair, working to connect people and organizations and overcome the isolation imposed by the pandemic. MSA has given me the resources and relationships necessary to grow and develop as a Muslim. I want everyone to have the same opportunity to strengthen their faith. We are the most diverse, active, vibrant community on campus, and I want to see our community expand even more. My past two years have been an opportunity to learn from the brightest minds of Ohio State, I want to use that experience to guide and enable the next generation of MSA leaders.
Co-Outreach Chair, MSA-OSU, 2020-21
IT Chair, MSA-OSU, 2019-20
Approximately 200 volunteering hours for CAIR-Cleveland
Help newcomers find friends and mentors in MSA as we, insha’Allah, return to in-person
Reorganize our board’s internal logistics to enable the creativity and energy of MSA’s leaders
Increase our interaction with non-Muslims to spread understanding of our beliefs and practices
Prepare for on-campus Ramadan, including establishing communal suhoor and iftar
Salaam everyone! I’m a third-year from Cleveland, Ohio studying political science and international relations and diplomacy. I’ve been an active member of the MSA for the past two years and had the pleasure of serving as your Sisterhood Chair this year. In this role, I’ve learned what it means to be a leader in terms of planning and executing successful events, working closely alongside a co-chair, and being an available resource to others. The MSA is my home on campus and the support I’ve felt within this community is truly unmatched. Despite the challenging circumstances we’ve faced this past year, I’m still incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished. Using this momentum, I want to continue to push for positive change for the overall betterment of this organization. I want to work closely with fellow board members and our general body to make the most of our time here at OSU.
Current Sisterhood Chair of the Muslim Students’ Association
Current Second-Year Transformational Experience Program Ambassador, and active member of Pakistani American Students’ Association, Alpha Phi Omega, and Fostering Education
Intern at Ohio Women’s Alliance (summer and fall 2020) and Reclaim Our Vote (summer 2020)
Creating a safe and respectful environment where we can be willing to challenge and break tradition in a positive and impactful manner.
Ensuring that Muslims and non-Muslims on campus feel comfortable and welcomed at our events through promotion of inclusivity.
Build stronger connections with our Columbus community, including local masjids/community centers, Muslim-majority organizations/nonprofits, and our fellow sister organizations on campus.
Encouraging the planning of events that touch upon a wide variety of important topics to facilitate greater Islamic knowledge and awareness within us.
Salam! My name is Mariyam Muhammad and I’m a 3rd year in journalism and international relations at OSU. I’m dedicated to uplifting the voices of the voiceless and those who are systemically silenced. My passion for journalism is driven by my faith and community, and I hope to change the face of Muslims in media and share their real struggles from person to person. Everyone lives a different life, and their stories deserve to be heard, and we should learn to listen. I wish to uplift the Muslim community, be an easy and flexible communicator, bring important ideas to the forefront, and dismantle misconceptions about Islam. I am open to anyone’s ideas and opinions, as I carry an objective lens anywhere I go. For everyone, I’m your friend, and I will not hesitate to give you a helping hand or a listening ear.
President and founder of the first diversity club (high school)
Reporter of The Lantern
Intern and volunteer w MY Project USA
Be an easy communicator and in reach, the Muslim community at OSU should feel comfortable talking to me about anything and everything
Broaden ideas and discuss stigmas, uncomfortable topics, and voices of the silent
Bring open mindedness as a goal in the Muslim community
Promote the representation of Muslims, especially Muslim women
Hello! I am a 3rd year biomedical engineering major. I have been fortunate enough to have been a part of MSA for the past 3 years. During these 3 years, I’ve watched and tried to emulate the great leaders here at the MSA. However, the times weren’t always amazing. I’ve noticed some issues within the MSA’s culture, the perception of Muslims around campus, and difficulties seperating cultural traditions and Islam. By electing me to the board of MSA as Co-Outreach, I hope to continue to finetune the MSA. Let’s work together to establish an MSA that responds to all Muslim-student needs, hosts fun and sociable events, and developes us all as better Muslims.
MSA Member (‘18-’21)
BMES Member (‘18-’21)
Multiple leadership positions in high school such as Student Body President, School Board Student Liason, and Varsity Swim Team Captain
Refocus efforts at establishing strength of knowledge in Islamic Creed in MSA members and surrounding-area Muslim teenagers.
Develop interfaith relations with other groups on campus to change the perception of the MSA and Muslims at large.
Work to expand MSA reach to individuals by supplementing current MSA events to be more inclusive of all Muslims -- not just Arab-Muslims.
Design creative, fun events to promote camaraderie and sociability between MSA members.
Salam everyone! My name is Sabriya Zaman and I am currently a first-year majoring in Business Administration with a specialization in Economics. I love watching tv shows, listening to music, and playing board/card games. I decided to run for IT Chair because MSA has provided me with a social network during this overwhelming year. Especially with COVID, it is more essential than ever to have reliable information available on the website and in emails. Therefore, I want to be able to give back to MSA by maintaining the technological aspects of the club. In the past, I have held leadership positions ranging from a freshman mentor to an executive board member for my mosque’s youth group to Vice President of a service organization. Overall, I love sharing my ideas and working with others who are just as passionate about positive change as I am!
Active member of Sisterhood Committee
Key Club Officer
Vice President 2019-2020
Public Relations 2018-2019
Treasurer of Chagrin Valley Islamic Youth Group 2018-2020
Updating the website calendar regularly so that members can easily stay informed
Including a photo gallery on the website to showcase events and promote more member involvement
Creating a link that automatically adds MSA events to Google calendars to encourage higher attendance
Establish better communication between the general body members and executive board
Salaam! I am a third year Information Systems major in the Fisher College of Business and I am a proud revert to Islam. I have been attending OSU MSA events since I was a student at the OSU Newark campus and I am extremely grateful for the amazing opportunity that serving the MSA board provides. JazakAllah kheiran!!
My Family Pantry Director
Arab Student Association of OSU Newark and COTC
I want to represent many different cultures and ideas that fall under the umbrella of Islam
Making sure everyone walks out(Or logs out) of an event with something significant that they learned no matter what level of knowledge they walked in with
Help foster and grow the MSA culture as a whole through education
Use my platform for the purpose of growing closer and allowing others to grow closer to Allah
Salam! My name is Najmo Abdinur. I am a second year Neuroscience major at the Ohio State University. I am currently on the pre med track and hope to become a physician in the future. My favorite thing to do is write and read and I currently am working on a novel. I hope to earn this position and serve on the board as the new female education chair. And I hope to see you all next semester for events, learning, socializing and building a community during and hopefully after Covid! InshaAllah.
Service Chair of MSA
Have experience with board culture and have experience on how to run online and in person events
Islamic School Teacher
helped my Quran teachers teach the younger kids, tell them Islamic stories, and organize little homework assignments
Project Downtown and MyFamilyPantry
Helped my communications skills and taught me problem solving skills that can help me think on my feet if I receive this position
Should always start with the basics of anything being taught as a foundation for those who aren't as well versed in topics and it serves as a good reminder to those who have learned it
Have a healthy and safe environment where everyone is free to speak on any topic (as long as it is appropriate)
Diversify the lesson plans as not everyone believes or thinks similarly while also keeping Islamic ideals and values in mind.
Allow for more open discussions and time to socialize so we can bond and create the best memories with Islam and our Muslim community.
My name is Ali Osman, an upcoming sophomore majoring in Neuroscience. My drive for service has been a long lasting passion of mine which I look forward to further continue with as a member of the MSA board, inshaAllah. With years of experience managing interfaith events geared towards servicing the community around the Akron region, leading a volunteer group every Monday night to speak and aid the homeless population in the area, and advocating for social/religious acceptance throughout the community through many different platforms, including TedX, I truly do believe my experiences, passion, and charisma will be a positive addition to the MSA. Although I have only been a Buckeye for less than a full year, I have seen so much drive towards wanting to make a difference I can only dream of channeling into lasting, impressional memories.
First Serve (initiative in which various faith based organizations come together to give back to the community via manual labor while engaging in religious dialogue)
MyFamily Pantry (Muslim student run initative in which food is prepared, delivered, and distributed to be directly given to local families)
Labre (student run initiative in which food was hand delivered to homeless individuals while engaging in meaningful anecdotes)
To outreach with other religious oriented groups in hopes of establishing lasting ties through service
To help dispel negative ideologies regarding Muslim youth through service involvement around campus and in the Columbus area
To strengthen ties among our Muslim brothers and sisters through leadership and service events
To push for Muslim youth involvement via service by being in direct contact with different mosques, student centers, and schools/universities all throughout the region
Salam everyone, my name is Hassan Nusairat and I am half Palestinian & half Jordanian, I was born in Cleveland and raised here in Columbus. I am a 3rd year student studying Civil Engineering with future aspirations of becoming a PE (professional engineer). I love coffee, I love hanging out and I love meeting new people. so if you are interested in MSA or already in it don’t hesitate at all to get in touch with me and we can set up a time to chill and get some coffee or food or just hang out.
I have been a board member of Hilliard (Darby, Davidson & Bradley) Highschool MSA (2 years) & the NICC MYimpact Committee (1.5 years).
I have helped out at the MYfamily Pantry for a few years as a volunteer for the last 3 years.
I have led and currently lead a survey team for collecting data in West Virginia.
To have much more brothers attend brotherhood events inshallah.
to maintain and to not compromise islamic values inshallah.
To make sure the MSA is a very welcoming and comforting environment inshallah.
To ensure as many people are having a good time as possible!
Salam everyone! I’m Deena, and I am an incoming junior here at Ohio State. I’m studying Health Sciences with a minor in Biology on the pre-dental track. I love doing calligraphy, drawing, baking, and makeup. Ever since I stepped foot on OSU’s campus, MSA has been my family. Being from Pittsburgh, PA, moving to a new city was definitely intimidating. However, being involved in MSA and welcomed warmly by its members helped ease the process. I plan to become one of those people who welcome newcomers and help them embraced by the muslim community at OSU.
MY Reading Warriors Social Media and Marketing chair
Regular volunteer at MY Family Pantry
Active member of MSA sisterhood
Strengthen bonds between Muslim sisters from different backgrounds
Plan fun and engaging events for the sisters
Create an open space for members to express concerns or discuss topics
Build great relationships between sisterhood members
Gather more attendees for events
Organize events with different student organizations at OSU
Salaam homies, my name is Alizeh Hasan and I’m a third-year from Toledo, OH studying Neuroscience/Pre-Dental. Ever since I joined the MSA community, I’ve been incredibly grateful for all the different experiences this organization has opened me up to. After serving on MSA’s Board as secretary this past year, I’ve been able to re-evaluate my goals for this organization through a different lens while holding onto my perspective as a general member. I hope to further an inclusive culture within MSA where all people feel openly accepted, appreciated, and can leave with significant memories from their time with us.
Serving as current Secretary for MSA ‘20-’21
Committed members to PASA, SAC, and MIST
Previous member of professional Muslimah sorority Mu Delta Alpha: Epsilon Chapter at University of Toledo
Increase better interpersonal relationships between E-board and general body
Promote further collaborations within MSA and fellow sister-orgs
Encourage women’s empowerment
Provide a safe space for all voices to share opinions and feedback
Salam! I’m Khalid, a sophomore majoring in business and economics. I currently serve on the MSA board as your brotherhood chair. As president I hope to continue my aspirations of creating a more welcoming environment in MSA, and focus on male engagement in the MSA general body! I have been involved in OSU’s MSA since I was a child. Being the youngest sibling of OSU MSA alumni, I was always brought out to events. MSA has been a part of my life for a while and I am ready to lead MSA into a bright future inshallah! Outside of MSA, I am a cofounder of Hidayah, a non profit organization that runs several charitable events surrounding education for the kids of Afghanistan. I also am currently on the board of the NICC youth department and hoping to create a great bond between MSA and NICC and also other local masjids!
Current MSA Brotherhood Chair
NICC Youth Department Board Member and Program Lead
Hidayah (Non-profit) Co-founder and Secretary
Be willing to break tradition and not allow past successes turn me away from innovation.
Work closely alongside the brotherhood chair to continue and expand focus on engagement and inclusivity of MSA brothers.
Creating more learning opportunities such as khateeb training and other religious or active workshops/trainings for general body members to gain from MSA
Creating sustainable relationships with other major muslim student organizations on campus to create a family/community bond of general body members.
Salaam! I’m Mena Dada; I’m a junior majoring in human development and family science, and minoring in substance misuse and addiction. Growing up, my older siblings and cousins spoke about the impact MSA had on them. How it was a space for them to build community, practice their faith, and have fun. I still remember being 10 and how excited I was whenever they would take me to campus events every few months. I am happy to have been able to also experience everything they once spoke about recently. I want to help create that same space for other students, and for people to know it is an inclusive community.
Administrator at a daycare.
Volunteered at Masjid Noor (fundraising dinners, MIST, MyImpact conferences).
Secretary work at a dental office.
Make everyone feel welcomed and ensure help if they seek it with no judgements.
Keep board members responsible for their tasks.
Make sure rooms, times, and meetings are booked and organized.
Create an action plan for keeping MSA organized and always on top of things.
Salam! I am a third-year, studying Geography and City Planning. I joined MSA as a freshman and immediately became passionate for its efforts in creating a welcoming space for Muslim students. As my appreciation for MSA strengthened, I decided to apply and serve as the 2020-21 IT Chair. This position allowed me to engage with the General Body and acquire crucial communication skills I plan to utilize with community/ student organizations as Outreach Chair. InshAllah, I also hope to bridge the gaps between different groups in the Ummah, including people of color, women, disabled folks and different sects. This should be addressed to ensure those who are oftentimes disregarded, feel comfortable joining MSA, similar to how I felt my freshmen-year. I plan to achieve this through recognizing the issue and organizing an inclusive space for these communities. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current IT Chair on 2020-21 MSA Executive Board
Passionate and Devoted MSA General Body Member since Freshman Year
Current Secretary on 2020-21 Ladies of Leadership Executive Board
Promoting the importance of curoisty and openmindness in Islam
Creating a safe and inclusive space for students to discuss and learn about Islam
Building the bridge between the Ummah and marginalized communities such as people of color, women, disabled folks and different sects
Strengthening our connections with community and student organizations in Columbus, as well around the country
Salam everyone! My name is Hebah Guade and I’m a second-year majoring in Human Nutrition and minoring in Global Public Health. I love learning about new cultures and hope to travel the world one day inshaAllah. Also, I enjoy spending time with family and admiring the beauty of nature. I’m running for the Co-Outreach chair because joining MSA this year has been such a positive experience for me. Seeing how dedicated the MSA board is to OSU’s Muslim students by creating a space for us to learn and connect truly inspired me to want to provide that same experience for future MSA members. Vote for me! :)
Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) Mentor
NSSA Marketing Chair
USG Public Health Senator
Make MSA more inclusive for reverts and Black Muslims of all backgrounds to join this amazing organization!
Create positive relationships with organizations such as AYL, BSA, and MSP.
Host events with successful Muslim professionals such as doctors, architects, engineers, etc. to speak about their journey and experiences.
Host events with MSAs at other universities to connect Muslim students across the country with one another.
Salam everyone! My name is Doua Daoud. I am 21 years old, and I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Originally, I am Palestinian and have lived in Palestine for a few years when I was younger. I am a junior majoring in Finance. I work in the office of Academic Affairs located in Bricker Hall as a student assistant. I am the youngest of five siblings who have all graduated from OSU as well. I still consider myself new to OSU as I recently transferred here in the Fall ‘20 semester. In my freetime, I love spending time with my family and my two-year-old nephew back in Dayton. I look forward to meeting new people and getting more involved on campus!
Assisted with creating flyers for Dayton Muslim youth events (bonfires, iftars, bake sales, etc…) and posted them on all social media platforms.
Ran all social media and had access to the accounts for marketing purposes (instagram, snapchat, facebook).
I own the Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera. I have used this for every/all events to take pictures/uploading to the appropriate account. Very experienced and familiar with it.
Improve and expand MSA’s social media platforms to its greatest potential. The world is at our fingertips. My goal is to be more active on social media in hopes of reaching more people.
Involve and invite other student organizations from different religious backgrounds. Shatter the stereotypes around the image of Muslims. To do this, we must start on campus. We have an amazing opportunity at The Ohio State University where we are surrounded by thousands of students and numerous connections. The change we want to see begins with us. We are present, we have a voice, we have ideas that want to be shared- we have so much to offer to society.
Find innovative ways to attract Muslim students who have not felt that MSA is an inclusive environment. We want to create a very accepting community for people of all backgrounds.
My final goal would be to develop new merchandise. The goal is to further promote and advertise our organization across the student body.
Salaam Everyone! My name is Yasir Baig, I am a third year Finance major in the Fisher College of Business at OSU. I am originally from Columbus, and I have been a member of the MSA for the last 3 years. I’m currently running for the Treasurer position, and I believe I have the skills and experience that’s needed for this position. In the last couple years I have been a Treasurer for the NICC Myimpact board, where I was able to gain the experience of performing the duties of collecting member dues, preparing and monitoring the budget and maintaining accurate financial records. I am also currently a member of the Common Cents Investment group, and I’ve volunteered for other organizations like My Family Pantry where I met a lot of new people, and it helped improve on my social skills and working with a team. I also believe my major in Finance heavily relates to the treasury position. I’m currently taking multiple finance and business courses relating to budgeting and incoming or outgoing funds. Even aside from the just finances of the Treasurer position, I want to help create massive fundraisers or events that can attract large groups of people and get the public's interest so the MSA can grow and become more well known to OSU students.
I was a Treasurer of the NICC youth group board, where I focused on collecting all finances and monitoring all revenue or losses that were going towards any event or project in the organization.
In the last couple years I have volunteered in MIST and My Family Pantry, where I was able to meet and work with a lot of new students from OSU.
I am also a member of the Common Cents Investments group at OSU. This is an organization where we examine weekly financial markets, along with also having discussions about market analysis and budgets.
My goal as a Treasurer is to successfully keep track of any budgets, records, dues and anything related to the finances of the MSA.
I believe setting up creative fundraisers that can attract and get the public's interest is another key goal to bringing in revenue to the organization.
I also want to budget and organize the finances for the MSA correctly, so that we can have the appropriate funds to be able to organize large fun events whether it’s through zoom or in person.
Even aside from just the finances, I will be a positive and committed member that will actively look for making great changes as a team in the MSA board.
Salaam! My name is Sarah Al-Hashemi and I am a first-year public health major. I have recently become more involved in MSA this semester and have absolutely loved the connections I’ve already made and can't wait to make more! MSA has undoubtedly made me feel so much more accepted and the sense of community you feel at an MSA event is that like no other. Therefore, I would love to run for your 2021-2022 service chair in hopes of continuing to give others that sense of belonging. I was a part of a mosque youth group for roughly 6 years where the prime focus was getting Muslim teenagers more involved in their community while making connections both inside and outside the mosque. Through my various experiences, I have gained leadership skills as well as learning responsibility, organization and prioritization and I can't wait to bring these skills to MSA. Thank you!
Co-President of my mosque youth group where we would plan a plethora of different service events.
I would volunteer at the Whetstone Care Center and aid in helping the elderly and led multiple group activities.
Interned at the walk in urgent care as well as Tooth Family Dentistry
To continue to give back to the community through facilitating a multitude of different service events.
To form connections with communities outside of MSA in hopes to expand and further our community and those involved.
To continue encouraging inclusivity and create a welcoming atmosphere.
To achieve the ultimate overall goal of helping those in need!
Salam! My name is Hajira Dada and I am a first year International Business major through the Fisher College of Business. I started getting involved with MSA at the start of my first semester at Ohio State, and I love the community we have here! I plan on continuing my involvement by running to be your next MSA treasurer! As treasurer, I plan on continuing to create great budgets for our MSA events and other expenditures, and also plan on coming up with better ways to fundraise, with an emphasis on remote/virtual fundraising. Outside of MSA and school, I spend most of my time at home doing my favorite things, which mainly include watching Netflix and chilling with my family.
Program Chair-MYImpact Committee
Secretary-National Honors Society (Centennial HS)
Helped manage finances of my dad’s business
Apply for university grants in order to finance more events and activities on/off campus
Maintain budget, and always ensure we have enough to cover what we want to accomplish
Come up with creative ways for virtual fundraising
Always keep board members in check with funds/budgets for event planning/spending on resources.
Salams! I am a second year transfer student coming from the University of Minnesota. I am currently a Youth Studies Education major. Transferring to OSU was a very difficult transition because I did not have any friends and it was a new environment. I discovered the MSA and it was the only place on campus I felt home at. I developed a strong urge to become apart of the Muslim community and make positive impacts on many lives. As an extrovert, the Brotherhood Chair position seems like a position that I could flourish at and maximize the positive impacts that I could create. The MSA is an amazing organization on campus, and I desire to make even more improvements. I would like to create a space free of judgment and discrimination, and I would like to create strong bonds across the MSA through activities and events designed by the committee.
Track and Cross country captain at Twin Cities Academy High School
Volunteer tutor for Murray middle school.
Active MSA member at University of Minnesota 2019-2020.
Furthering the development of the MSA community through planning eventful activities.
Strengthen the bonds of individuals within the MSA community by creating a welcoming environment, regardless of gender, background, or religious beliefs.
Tackle the gender imbalance the MSA currently faces by communicating and reaching out to the brotherhood and finding innovative ways to peak their interests.
Work closely and develop strong ties with the board members, focusing on communication and teamwork.
Assalamu Alaikum! My name is Malath Abudulwahed from Dayton, Ohio. I am originally from Iraq and I’m currently a freshman majoring in Neuroscience. I have many hobbies including playing/watching sports, drawing, and reading, but I tend to find fun in everything that I do. I got involved in MSA because I found it to be a community that I can be comfortable in. Not only that, but I knew I wanted to give back to this community because it brought me closer to people who I can call family. I’m a family-oriented person and I want to build that within the sisterhood community. I have done multiple internships and job shadows that have taught me what I am most passionate about both personally and professionally. I want to be able help everyone do the same by sharing my experiences and providing helpful resources.
I want to strengthen the sisterhood by building bonds and friendships through activities where we all get to learn about each other and ourselves.
I want to provide a space where we can all reflect on our dean and find ways to strengthen our relationships with Allah (SWT).
I want to plan fun and social activities within the MSA community in which we build a family and a support system.
I want to provide as much help as I possibly can, whether that is just being open to talk, providing resources on/off campus, and in any other way.