Assalaamu alaikum everyone, I'm Abdirahman and I'll be serving as Brisoc President for the coming year. A very warm welcome from me and the whole team!
I want to begin by congratulating you all for getting through this strange and unprecedented year, and making it to the University of Bristol; I wish you all the best for the coming years and can't wait to see what our Muslim community here at the University can achieve! The past year or so has had far more ups and downs than anyone could have expected (including our previous committee!), with repeated national lockdowns and sudden closures making it very difficult to plan ahead, and restricting a lot of our interactions to an online form. It's been a year where all of us have truly come to understand that our fates are completely in the hands of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'alaa, and it's taught us many lessons on our reliance on Him.
One silver lining that can be taken from the past year has been the sheer adaptability shown by our community in the face of such stifling circumstances, and the tools we have to fall back on should things not go as planned are more varied than anything we've had access to before. Regardless of how the start of term ends up looking, we at Brisoc will be doing our best to welcome our new members as effectively as possible given the circumstances, bi idhillahi ta’alaa.
The purpose that an ISoc serves comes in many forms but we are first and foremost an Islamic Society - we endeavour to create an environment where we assist each other's religious growth and cultivate our shared values as firm believers in God and His Messengerﷺ . Each year we run a variety of talks, invite external speakers for Friday khutbah, partner with Islamic Studies course providers and much more to achieve this goal. Through our campaigns and programmes we aim to facilitate the personal and Islamic development of our members and ourselves.
The Muslim students here at Bristol come from all over the world and from all walks of life - this is something we are immensely proud of and our role as the Islamic Society is to cater to all of our Muslim brothers and sisters at the University. We aim to achieve this by showcasing the various cultures that our members belong to and we intend to protect this diversity by implementing various anti-racism policies. Our members are of the utmost importance to us here at Brisoc, and so we endeavour to take as much of a member-centred focus as possible in the form of regular feedback, facilitating a complaints procedure and allowing space for discussions at general meetings to shape ISoc policy going forward.
I hope this has been a helpful introduction to Brisoc and our aims for this coming year—if you have any questions, suggestions or thoughts please feel free to contact me at email@example.com, or any other member of the team.
I pray that Allah SWT keeps you safe and that we meet in person very soon!
We're fundraising for Human Relief Foundation because of the emergency crisis in Yemen.
A man asked the Prophet, "Which Islam is the best?" The Prophet ﷺ said, “To feed the hungry and to greet with peace those you know and those you do not know.” (Bukhari)
The people of Yemen are going through the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Five years of crisis have destroyed over 24 million lives. The effects of war, floods, famine, and outbreaks like COVID-19 and cholera have completely ripped the country apart.
BRISOC has teamed up with the Human Relief Foundation to provide families with nutritious food packages. Each food package, costing £60, will feed a family of 7 for a month. 12 million children, of which 2 million under 5, are suffering from malnutrition.
With your support, we aim to feed over 95 families for one whole month, Insha'Allah. May Allah make it easy for our brothers and sisters in Yemen and ease their hardships.
“Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates [the situation of] one in dire straits who cannot repay his debt, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of] a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter." (Muslim
Alhamdulillah, we have managed to secure a weekly slot for the Carpenter Rooms (Fridays 1 - 2pm). To allow as many people to perform Jumm'ah salat as possible, we will be holding 2 jama'at - 1st one at 1:00pm and the 2nd at 1:30pm. For the sake of recording attendees for the track & trace system, and to avoid a large number of people queuing outside at once only to reject people once the capacity has been reached, we will be implementing a booking system for each of the jama'at, the forms for which will be sent out by e-mail at 3pm every Wednesday. The reason we will only be sending the forms out by email is so that everyone gets access to the booking at the same time, as we will be able to schedule an email to be sent out automatically at the exact time specified. This will give everyone a chance to fill in the form before it automatically closes once the capacity of 27 people (including the Imam, so 26 attendees) has been reached. Please do not attend if you haven't booked a slot. We will have no option but to turn you away.
If you haven't yet subscribed to our mailing list, please do so by going to the home page and find "Brisoc email subscription". As our Jumm'ah is open to both students and non-students alike, please make aware anyone who you think would be interested in coming, who may not be on our group chats or on our mailing list already. May Allah SWT reward you all for your cooperation.
All praise is due to Allah for His countless blessings, and salutations upon our beloved Prophet Mohammed ﷺ, his blessed family, companions, and all the righteous people that followed them.
As salaamu alaykum everyone,
My name is Aamir, and I am the incoming Brisoc President. Welcome to your new family! 😊
First of all, a massive congratulations for getting into the University of Bristol and the city of Bristol where you will spend the next few incredible years achieving incredible things!
I can completely understand if you’re feeling a little daunted by how uncertain everything looks at the moment, but let me reassure you that you are not alone. Undoubtedly, the pandemic has had a massive impact on many lives. For some, the scars are deeper than others and things may not feel the same. I pray that Allah ﷻ continues His blessings upon you and your family and that He ﷻ gives us the strength and perseverance to continue moving forward and see through this rather challenging period.
Despite the uncertainties that we are facing, things are slowly starting to appear ‘normal’. The University is making plans on mitigating the impact caused by Covid-19. Here at Brisoc, we are also busy carefully planning to ensure we welcome our new family members in the best way possible.
As a student-led society, we aim to facilitate a communal space for all Muslim students in order to cultivate our shared values as firm believers in God and His Messenger ﷺ. By providing you with diverse and engaging programmes and campaigns throughout the year, we aim to encourage the believers to adopt a God-centric way of life (Taqwa) – of which the root word appears well over 150 times in the Qur’an. Allah ﷻ mentions a number of ways by which we can all attain this important commodity, and by God's will, we want to be the means for that attainment.
Our beautiful religion is one that is rich and diverse, and we want to showcase this to the wider community. As the main Islamic student body on campus, we plan to improve our focus on our members’ academic and welfare interests. By adopting a member-centred approach and using the feedback we received from last year, we have made several significant changes in the way we cater to our members, such as:
· designating a new role for equality and wellbeing
· diversifying on inclusion and participation
· outlining a proper complaint procedure for raising concerns
· having an ISOC Murabbi (a designated scholar to answer our queries).
We are also in the process of initiating exciting new schemes, as well as improving our existing ones.
Despite the challenges that we are all facing, I hope you can appreciate our ambitious but achievable set of priorities, and with the permission of Allah, we will deliver them all over this year. I’m keen to hear from you on any ideas, thoughts, or concerns. You can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively, you can get in touch with any of the committee members listed in the committee section.
I pray that Allah ﷻ keep you safe and that we meet in-person very soon! 🧡
Updates from the committee at Brisoc