A new initiative

Welcome to “Ask a Question”, a new initiative by the ISoc Welfare team. If you’ve got a question about Islam, life, or anything else, please feel free to ask it using the form below. Your message will be sent to the person you choose – a Sheikh who can answer Islam-related questions, or one of the anonymous welfare contacts (students with a bit of Cambridge experience). No one outside the welfare team knows who these students are, and their identity will remain strictly anonymous. The person will reply to you privately, and the contents of your message will remain strictly between the two of you.

We totally understand that you may have questions about delicate matters. Should that be the case, please feel free to use a pseudonym. If you want a reply to your enquiry, obviously we need an email address to reply to. If you’d like to preserve your anonymity, there are plenty of free services on the internet that give you an anonymous email address which forwards to your real one (see below). Feel free to use one of those – that way, no one from our end will know who you really are, if that’s how you’d prefer things to be.

And please refrain from using this form for the age-old pastime of “trolling”. No, really. It’s a service designed to help our fellow brothers and sisters with potentially sensitive issues, and making a mockery of it is neither funny nor cool. Thanks.

Welfare contact form

Who would you like your query addressed to?

Your Name (feel free to use a pseudonym)

Your Email (required)

Subject

Your Message

Anonymous email services

If you’d prefer anonymity, we’d suggest using “Hide my Ass” secure mail – https://securemail.hidemyass.com/ – Sorry about the vulgar name, but it’s a pretty good service. You sign up for a disposable inbox, and use that as the email address in the above form. When you get a reply, the mail service will send an email to your real email address, which we obviously won’t be able to see.

University Counselling Service

The University also offers an excellent counselling service for students and staff. Please visit http://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/ to find out more. Mission statement below:

The University of Cambridge Counselling Service exists to provide a professional service to students and staff of the College and University communities. The Service supports the mission of the University by offering:

  1. Counselling and mental health support – to students and staff, both individually and in groups, and, with strict regard to clients’ confidentiality, working in collaboration with Colleges, the University and NHS provision.
  2. Educational work – to help students and staff make the best personal use of the opportunities offered by the Colleges and University.
  3. Preventive work – consultation, guidance and training to those with a pastoral role in the Colleges and University, and provision of general feedback and recommendations to help promote a healthy working environment for both students and staff.