Br. Abdul Karim is a 5th yr. biology major on a pre-med track at OSU. Having been apart of MSA for nearly 3 years, Br. Abdul Karim became more deeply involved in MSA in each of those years. Firstly, as part of the Outreach Committee and thereafter being nominated to apply for positions on the board. Br. Abdul Karim was accepted into the position of co-education chair, the following year. After his time in the position of education chair, he recognized some issues within MSA, it’s culture, and within the Muslim community on campus in general. These issues set in the heart of Br. Abdul Karim, the desire to continue his time on the board as MSA President and this desire was bolstered after being nominated by fellow peers.
MSA Outreach Committee Member (18-19)
MSA Male Co-Education (19-20)
Fostering/rekindling relations with Muslim-majority cultural organizations.
Increased internal focus on development of strong faith values in young Muslims on campus.
More productive, engaging, and creative use of social media targeted at Muslims on campus (e.g. short 1-2 minute Islamic reminders in video format).
Establish an MSA emergency hotline, connecting Muslims on campus in a speedy manner in case of an emergency.
Assalamu alaykum! I am a third-year Economics major from Dayton, Ohio hoping to serve as your Female Co-President for the upcoming year. This year as Co-Education Chair, I planned halaqas and GBMs and initiated various circles of learning. Broadly, I aim to facilitate faith-based thinking and improve the Muslim experience at OSU through institutionalized mentorship and campus spaces. Moreover, with the current trials Muslims are facing both domestically and internationally, I hope to create more communal bonds and stimulate engagement in advocacy.
MSA Female Co-Education Chair
Muslim Youth of North America (Vice President, Convention Chair)
Access to religious and spiritual mentorship
More pathways of engagement for on-campus students
Faculty member outreach
Strengthening of alumni association
Salaam friends! My name is Alizeh Hasan, and I am a second-year from Toledo, Ohio studying Neuroscience. As a transfer student, I joined MSA as a way to get more involved on campus, and ended up finding my community of people! As future secretary, I would work to employ strategic organizational skills within the executive board in order to promote efficiency for the association as a whole. Within my year of being a member of MSA, I’ve been an active member of Sisterhood committee, where I learned the responsibilities of coordinating events and remaining flexible for whenever plans may change. By working with Media Committee, I further developed my group coordination abilities to meet deadlines as well as relay information to general members. Ultimately, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to give back to an organization that has largely shaped my time here at The Ohio State University.
Active member in Sisterhood and Media Committee
Marketing Chair for MIST Columbus
Head Chair of Makeup & Hair in High School theatre
Assist in bridging the gap between executive board with general body members
Facilitate open communication within the association
Fortify connections with alumni
Promote coordinated planning
Salaam, friends! It is my third year here at OSU, and I am majoring in Neuroscience, Communications, and Fashion and Retail Studies. Throughout my time here, MSA has been my home, and I truly cannot express my love for this community enough. Serving on the MSA executive board this past year has allowed me to play a critical role in organizing events and boosting involvement in our community. I am dedicated to furthering MSA’s progress, so I hope to improve our interactions with Muslim and non-Muslim organizations on campus and across Columbus. Additionally, I hope to implement the unique perspective I have gained as PCRF Outreach Chair and an Eminence Fellow to plan creative new events for MSA. I am excited to continue to support your needs, promote engagement with our MSA community, and spread knowledge of Islam as MSA Female Co-Outreach Chair next year, inshallah!
Muslim Students’ Association Marketing Chair 2019-2020
Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, Community Outreach Chair 2019-2020
The Ohio State University Eminence Fellows Program
Foster interfaith dialogue and defy misconceptions surrounding Islam, bridging gaps between MSA and the campus community at large.
Network with and reach out to alumni to uphold community and support MSA undergraduates’ success.
Expand youth programs to include more educational and mentorship opportunities with a broader range of schools and masjids in Columbus.
Integrate outreach into educational events, actively engaging masjids as well as other student organizations that would benefit from the knowledge our events provide, increasing turnout.
My name is Aghiad Daboul and I’m a 3rd year student from Toledo, OH majoring in Microbiology. Some of my major interests are languages, history, and sports. As a proud Muslim and someone who has been a part of Muslim communities throughout my life, I understand the great benefit that a strong community can bring, especially for Muslims at such a large university like Ohio State. It is for that reason that I have always wanted to be able to dedicate my time, effort, experiences, and skills with the aim of making a positive impact on the MSA and hopefully improving the experience of Muslims on campus as a whole. Above all, I recognize and appreciate the tremendous impact that this organization has had on me, and I really want to be able to pay that back in any way that I am able to.
MSA Male Co-Outreach Chair 2019-2020
Ohio State Residence Life Office Assistant 2017-2019
Masjid Saad (Toledo) Youth Group President 2015-2017
Bringing new knowledgeable and respected Islamic speakers from around the region to Ohio State for halaqas and GBMs
Creating a diverse range of events that touch on a variety of important relevant and useful topics to help foster greater knowledge and awareness in the Ohio State Muslim community
Building on and expanding Quran circles, Tajweed programs, Quranic Arabic lessons/practice
Working with Outreach to organize consistent Dawah trainings and tables throughout the next school year
Salam friends! My name is Noor, I’m a third year genetics major and I’d like to be your female co-education chair for ‘20-’21. This past year, I was the service chair and had a blast getting to know you while serving the community. However, for this upcoming year I’d love to curate a curriculum that can help us all grow as muslims and world citizens. I partnered with the education chairs this year to bring a halaqa raising awareness for human trafficking and we are currently working on hosting a Shia-Sunni panel as well. I also want to showcase more of our general body’s talent and skills by having events similar to this past year’s poetry slam. I want to have a way for the general body to submit ideas for GBMs/halaqas that they would find interesting, since your voice is just as important as mine!
Resident Advisor (18-)
Service Chair, MSA (19-20)
Client Relations, MyFamilyPantry (Dec 19-)
Broaden the different topics that are discussed; ranging from spirituality, fiqh and akhlaq to covering topics that are important to becoming informed world citizens
Help cultivate a caring community where we can grow in our faith together
Bring in speakers of diverse backgrounds that reflect the general body’s perspectives, and also speakers who can give us new perspectives
To have programs that can help everyone build their personal connection to God but also learn/perfect the practices that help us grow close to God
Salam, my name is Khalid Dada and I am currently a first year health sciences major. I have been apart of the MSA family since 2010 when my siblings would bring me to weekly GBM’s. In 2017, I was blessed with the opportunity to experience the MSA board as a high schooler as an intern who sat on the Board. Throughout my high school career I stayed involved in masjid activities at NICC for preparation of my work with MSA. If voted in as Brotherhood chair, I plan on involving the community to assist me in planning events that people would be interested in. My ideal goal would be to have a completely diverse general body which includes everyone.
Sat on the 2017-2018 MSA Executive board as a high school intern.
Have worked on many muslims boards through the years including NICC Youth department, MIST, Secretary of Hidayah
Institute a Non-Profit organization.
Succesfully led large scale Muslim events, for example the NICC Youth conference which holds around 400-500 people yearly, also this years revival of BUCK-I-SLAM which brought back interest of the event.
Recruitment of new people and revival in brotherhood of the Muslim community at OSU.
Use the brotherhood committee to find the interests of the general body of MSA to plan social events that people would love to attend.
Bringing energy to board meetings and incorporating new ideas which will bring the board closer and act as a family for the best results of our team.
Transforming BUCK-I-SLAM to its own event which could bring in revenue outside of MSA Midwest. The event took place this year and gained interest from people all around Ohio which could potentially bring in profit for the MSA.
Assalamu alaikum everyone! My name is Amina Basharat and I am a second year from Cleveland, Ohio studying Political Science. I became very involved with MSA this year, and have come to love every aspect of it. MSA is unique in that it gave me, and so many others, a welcoming and safe community on campus. Running for Sisterhood Chair, I plan on giving back to MSA what it has given to me in the past year. I’ve grown tremendously as an individual, student, leader, and a Muslim, and hope to continue this growth next year. Through my participation in MSA year this, I’ve gained quality skills of organization, time management, responsibility, and leadership. I know I’ll be able to bring these characteristics to the role and I hope to continue improving this organization for the better if I’m elected as your Sisterhood Chair insha’Allah!
Active member of Sisterhood and Marketing Committees, as well as participation in other MSA events.
Active member of PASA, volunteer with Adopt-a-School, and currently pledging OSU’s chapter of APO.
Held multiple leadership positions throughout high school, including captain of my varsity field hockey team, class representative for Student Government Association, and Vice President for National Honors Society.
Promote inclusivity among the sisters through encouraging members to attend MSA events, specifically post-GBMS and hoods social.
Build and strengthen relations with other religious and cultural organizations on campus.
Encourage better communication among board members and stronger relationships with the general body members as well.
Properly plan out events, focusing on the details that tend to be forgotten or left to sort itself out last minute.
Salaam everybody, my name is Rafay Khan and I’m a Junior majoring in Finance, minoring in neuroscience with aspirations of medical school. I have been your finance chair for the 2019-2020 academic year and am hoping to do it again for this upcoming year. My aim is to find innovative new ways to bolster funding for the MSA. Feel free to contact me regarding the MSA or OSU in general.
Finance Chair MSA 19-20
Finance Chair API 19-20
Assistant Portfolio Manager at RASAZA LLC
Initiate passive income stream through Alumni Association
Further cultivate partnerships with other college organizations and college departments in order to facilitate bigger events
Create a multifaceted budget adaptable to a multitude of emergency scenarios
Improve fundraising efficiency
My name is Najmo Abdinur and I am a freshman at Ohio State University. In high school, I volunteered at the American Red Cross aiding the volunteer connection center that made badges, screened and referred volunteers through the our chapter. Joining the service committee at OSU, I began volunteering at various organizations planned or recommended by the committee such as project downtown and the food pantry. I also volunteer with the James Cancer Center every Thursday morning to not only gain more experience in the field I wish to study in, but to work first hand around people who need it. I aid in getting them water, where they need to be and being a faster connection between them and the front desk.
Volunteered at the American Red Cross writing cards, screening volunteers and working through Excel, Powerpoint and Word documents
Volunteered at MyFamilyPantry to disperse food and aid on carts to help unload in cars
Volunteered at Project Downtown, making sandwiches for homeless people
To reestablish the connections between service and other organizations and to make new connections with new organizations both in our communities and at school
To continue to aid people through food dispersal, physical volunteering and possibly branch out to include hygiene products
To include more school organizations in the service committee in order to reach into the school community for aid and perspective
To create an environment where we continue to help and serve those around us
Salam! I am currently a junior at the Ohio State University, double majoring in Public Affairs and Geography. Outside of my studies and MSA, I serve as a campus tour guide with the University Ambassadors program, work as a mentor for refugee and immigrant youth seeking higher education with RefugeOSU, and was recently inducted into the Mortar Board Senior Honorary. After graduation, I plan to pursue a PhD in sociology, with a specific research interest in refugee resettlement. The MSA has been my home on campus for the past three years and any opportunity to contribute to this community is one that I am incredibly thankful for!
Current Co-Outreach Chair
Project Manager, Buckeye Leadership Fellows
Service Chair, Ladies of Leadership
A willingness to divert from tradition and to forge our own paths as a board.
Create spaces for the board and general body to grow in their leadership abilities.
Establishing a clear mission statement as a board and ensuring that all actions as an organization follow in that vein.
Striving towards making MSA a fun and inclusive environment for all!
Assalamu alaikum! I am a sophomore from Hilliard, OH majoring in Biology with a minor in Islamic History. I started becoming more involved in MSA this year and have truly loved the experience! The combination of my positive experience and the fact that MSA does so much for the Muslim community at OSU influenced my decision to run for a position on the executive board! I want to be able to give back to this organization by becoming more involved. I am running for secretary next year because I believe a lot of my strong suits are associated with the position. As secretary, my aim would be to keep MSA organized so that the organization can be run smoothly and efficiently. Overall, I hope to help and contribute to MSA in any way I can so that we continue to improve and grow.
PASS Peer Leader
College of Arts and Science Ambassador
Keep MSA organized/up-to-date
Gather concerns/questions/constructive criticism to improve organization
Increase attendance in GBMs
Build connections between MSA and other Muslim youth (high school/middle school)
Assalaamu ‘Alaikum. My name is Dena and I am a second year student majoring in Public Health with a specialization in Sociology. One part of my favorite undergraduate experiences at OSU has been in MSA; I have made friendships, learned about cultures, strengthened my spirituality, and overall felt more connected to and at home at OSU. Outreach is an appealing position to me because the art reaching out to new types of people and trying new things that we may not think to do at first is something I believe can spur growth and inspire young Muslims. In a big city such as Columbus, there is a lot of potential to learn about a variety of topics, meet people from all walks of life, explore new places, and bring communities to our MSA so that we can connect on a personal level. Furthermore, I believe that networking on OSU’s campus (whether with cultural, academic, or social organizations) can help maximize student’s experiences within MSA. Although it seems like a long time, our few years in undergraduate school can fly by quickly and having a space on campus where Muslims students can feel safe, learn, and practice Islam is imperative to our wellbeing during this time in our lives.
MSA member for the past two years
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament
Cleveland Museum of Art Museum Ambassador
Collaborate with other OSU cultural or academic organizations
Take advantage of Columbus’s diverse cultures and institutions by networking and exploring such
Explore Ohio State’s unique and popular sights and activities as social outings
Hold events that teach to students in an interactive and informative manner about a variety of topics - ranging from Islam itself to Islam’s history to the diverse cultures of Muslims on campus
Salaam! I’m a 2nd year electrical engineering student from Cleveland. Since my first day on campus, MSA has been an integral part of my Ohio State experience. I’ve served as IT chair for the past year, planning the logistics behind all our major events. Our organization unites the most diverse community on campus around a single goal: becoming better Muslims. As Outreach Co-Chair, I will work to bring students together, welcoming new faces and catalyzing friendships among Muslims at Ohio State. I want to see our organization turn outwards and engage with non-Muslims, teaching them about Islam and dispelling misconceptions about our faith. I want to forge bonds with the broader Muslim community, connecting the general body with the resources and mentorship necessary to achieve our goals, and to pass on the lessons we have learnt to those that will follow after.
MSA IT Chair, Spring 2019 to Present
Teaching assistant in the Department of Engineering Education, Fall 2019 to Present
CAIR-Cleveland intern, Summer 2019
Strengthen our connections with masjid and Muslim organizations in Columbus, through shared events, mentorship, and access to educational resources.
Reach out to incoming freshmen during orientation with information about MSA resources.
Collaborate with other faith organizations on campus, especially the Jewish and Christian ones.
Work with the Service Chair to initiate mentorship and tutoring programs for Muslim high schoolers in the Columbus area.
Salam, I am Fahad and I am a Junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Bioethics trying to get into medical school. I am honored to be your co-Education chair and look forward to strengthening community ties. I enjoy riding my electric bike at irresponsibly dangerous speeds in my free time with a safe helmet.
Previous Male Education a year ago
On MIST board
Youth group leader of my neighborhood in highschool.
Develop clan structure to integrate freshmen and sophomores in community
Develop new convert action plan to integrate them into community (with consent)
Ask the general body for what they might like to see happen/ what community activities we should do
Integrate educational activities with brotherhood and outreach and service events unlike how it has been done in the past
Salaam, my name is Yasir Baig, and I’m currently a second year student studying Business Administration with a specialization in Information Systems, in the Fisher School of Business at OSU. This is the second year I’m a member of the MSA, and I have seen and experienced many of the events that were held for the past couple years. In my free time I enjoy traveling and hanging out with friends. I also try to dedicate volunteer work for organizations and centers like The American Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity, and the NICC. Over the past couple years I was a competitor and volunteer at MIST, and at one point a member in the MyImpact. I believe all of this past experience volunteering and being close with the muslim communities, has helped me gain the skills and knowledge of being the upcoming Brotherhood chair for the MSA.
Habitat For Humanity (Volunteer)
Organizing and Planning the best events to a wide range of people all around OSU
Maintaining and Improving any weekly or annual events or prayers through the year
Connecting and familiarizing with students who aren’t very familiar with the MSA
Continuing to improve and possibly introduce new and different events at the MSA
I am a first year student at OSU, and I am double majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences and Psychology. I am passionate about making a positive change in the work whether it be small or large. I like to try new things and explore unfamiliar situations. I love learning and sharing new things that I experience!
Camp Counselor at Enchanted Care Kids Campus
Customer Service Representative at Safelite Solutions
Sales Associate at Party City
Plan exciting events
Make a beneficial change in the community
Add a positive influence in the community
To have a fun year
To me, sisterhood is about targeting a larger audience while continuing to foster the bonds we have with one another. Utilizing my experience as President of a self-started club that was open to all, I’d like to create an inviting sisterhood that manifests a safe and comfortable environment. Sisterhood should be a place where people want to be by providing friendships that are more like family, and by organizing fun, beneficial, and inclusive events. I’d like to improve the sisterhood by: creating more sports events for females by eradicating the stigma that hijab/modesty is a limiting factor, establishing girls-only gym hours, organizing a muslim girls retreat, planning an annual girl’s formal, and instilling monthly mixers with other clubs. Muslims are walking representations of Islam; we can exhibit the beauty of Islam by emphasizing the importance of carrying ourselves and interacting with each other in a light yet respectful manner.
President of Salam Club (4 years)
Secretary of Student Council (3 years)
Writer and Managing Editor of School Newspaper (2 years)
more sports events for females, getting rid of stigma that hijab/modesty is a limiting factor; reserving certain hours in the gym just for girls so that Muslim girls can comfortably utilize gym resources
monthly mixers with other clubs and even nonmuslims in order to better understand each other and recognizing our similarities
pairing an upperclassman with an underclassman; establishing a “mentorship” facet within sisterhood to create small-scale friendships
annual girl’s ball/formal so Muslims girls can also partake in the social environment of college and are given the opportunity to dress-up and have fun!
Salam & salutations, my name is Hassan! I am a sophomore studying Civil Engineering. I love meeting new people, I love technology, I love the desert, I love coffee, I love when its 67 degrees and a little more than slightly windy outside, I love banquets, and most of all I love my family and my blessed religion. I enjoy the little and big things in life, I am the type whose day gets better when a goose crosses the road and forces me to stop my car and just watch it cross the street. But regardless of however my day is going, I always put my commitments to people ahead of almost anything else. Once you commit to doing anything for anyone it is beyond them just wanting you to do it, Allah is involved, whether the commitment is inheritance, a powerpoint, or a position leading muslims such as MSA.
I have taken classes for excel and powerpoint.
I worked at the Apple store in the operations team.
I was a judge volunteer and competitor at MIST for 3 different years
To create a budget provided with justifications that I will have reviewed by the board.
I will take most care with reporting and documenting all transactions and financial obligations our organization commits to.
I will also prepare a shared document and share all financial activity with the board or whoever is permitted to view it and I will be sure to make it as clear as possible.
I also have the goal to gain donors and hopefully make sure the MSA isn't limited by money as much as reasonably possible.
Hello! I’m Maihan and I’m a second year Visual Communication Design student (that’s just a long way of saying Graphic Design) with a minor in Social Psychology. I transferred to OSU-Columbus at the beginning of last semester from OSU’s regional campus in Mansfield. While there, I spent the school year as one of two social media ambassadors; my job came down to marketing and promoting on-campus events. In high school I enjoyed photography and took it for three years, which included the AP photography class during my senior year. I was also part of the yearbook committee and had the chance to digitally design a large portion of the book. I’ve been a part of MSA’s Media committee for this past semester and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to bring some of my own ideas to the table!
Social Media Ambassador at OSU-Mansfield during my first year
Yearbook committee in high school
Generate larger turnout at MSA events
Create an inclusive and welcoming environment at MSA
Get more people to engage with us through our social media platforms
Connect with alumni and future Muslim OSU students