The strength of our relationships, initially forged through faith, is maintained through a regular calendar of events of both a social and Islamic dimension. A typical week involves homeless outreach, tafseer circle and staple social events, such as Friday Football. Naturally, as bonds develop informal socials arise spontaneously and the frequenting of the ‘local establishments’ fast becomes the norm. Events of a bigger scale also feature throughout the year and range from inter-faith discussions, talks from esteemed scholars, to explorations of Islam’s wider influence on society and intellectual thought.
The ISoc year takes off with Freshers Fortnight which serves to introduce new students to the society and its members. From being shown where the prayer room is to local, halal places to eat, it is not long before freshers begin to feel a part of the ISoc family. Culminating with the Freshers Dinner, the intrepid fresher is ready to dive into the ocean that is the Islamic Society.
There are two flagship events in the ISoc calendar: Charity Week (CW) and Explore Islam Week (EIW), taking place in Michaelmas and Lent term respectively. Between large charity dinners with 100+ attendance, open-mic and exhibition nights, there is lots in store as well as lots to gain and give for the ISoc member.
Throughout the year, we aim to get outstanding speakers on a range of topics, who critically engage with issues whilst remaining approachable. This year was no exception and we were delighted to host the likes of Mustafa Briggs, Azeezat Johnson, Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad, Zia Salik, Aaliyah Shaikh and Hasan Spiker, to name just a few.
As the year finally ends and we breathe a sigh of relief having finished exams, ISoc ends with a Garden Party and a Leavers’ celebration. One of aspects of our society which make it special is its ability to transcend college, subject and year barriers. Consequently, it is no surprise to see first years deeply saddened by the departure of a graduating members for even these typically distinct groups can grow close under the canopy of ISoc events.
As Muslims we should be continually active in spreading the message of Islam to those around us.
Explore Islam Week is ISoc’s attempt to fulfill this goal– 7 days packed with different talks and events, all withthe aim of encouraging learning and discussion of Islam amongst members of the university and the wider community. In recent years, each EIW has included an exhibition, celebrating Islamic art and culture.
Millions of people around the world, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, are living in absolute poverty with many suffering acutely due to war and natural disasters. Those of us who have been blessed by Allah in living comfortably with food to eat and a roof over our heads have a duty to those who are suffering.
As students at university we are in a position to really make a difference. Our ISoc is actively involved in charity, running a variety of projects to raise money for the needy. Our busiest week is of course, Charity Week, where ISocs all over the UK do their very best to raise as much money for orphans and needy children, as possible through different activities and events.
This year Charity week will run from the 21st to the 27th of October. To get involved, contact our CW reps:
Yusuf Haque (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tasneem Ali (email@example.com), Asma Ibrahim (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sumaya Yasmin (email@example.com) and Hunainah Mansuri (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ISoc is also involved in a host of community activities and regularly helps organise joint initiatives. A current aspect of this is helping with fundraising for the Cambridge New Mosque Project through events such as the Biennial Dinner.
Another thing we’re really enthusiastic about is encouraging Muslims to apply to Cambridge and helping them take advantage of its many opportunities.
This provides a snapshot of ISoc’s work, but there’s a lot more where that came from. Please do explore our lovely site for more details! Remember, ISoc is yours! So if there’s anything you’re happy or unhappy about, please get in touch and help us build ISoc to where we both want it to be!