• Brisoc

Committee Member Spotlight - Liam (Interfaith Rep)

I think it’s safe to say that my journey within the ISOC here in Bristol was anything but typical - having taken shahada in the summer between my first and second years of uni, I returned to uni with a lot of uncertainty of how I would balance my new faith with a student lifestyle. I had originally never planned to join the ISOC - even as a non-Muslim I had heard the stereotype of these societies being ‘judgy’ and unwelcoming - but came across an advert for free Arabic lessons that the society were hosting, and got in touch with the intention of only attending these lessons. From the first lesson I was greeted by a brother from the committee and before I knew it, I had found lifelong friends and a ‘home away from home’ where I could develop my understanding of Deen. This year I was blessed with the opportunity to give back to this community I benefited so much from by joining the committee, and it has certainly been an experience I will remember for life. Through organising and volunteering at events such as interfaith theatre productions, bake sales and charity bike rides I’ve developed invaluable skills in teamwork, leadership and planning while meeting people from countless different walks of life in the process - and all of this from work that is intended for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. For anyone considering signing up for the coming year’s committee, I cannot recommend it enough - it can be stressful at times, however when you work as a team this is easily overcame and it is well worth the reward that will come with it, inshaAllah. “Indeed, I have rewarded them this Day for their patient endurance - that they are the attainers [of success].” (23:111)