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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or any other member of the team.
I pray that Allah SWT keeps you safe and that we meet in person very soon!
Updates from the committee at Brisoc