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! 🧡