Welcome to the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. UCSB Muslim Student Association strives to be a safe space where community becomes family and helps students grow spiritually, academically, and socially.
The purpose of UCSB Muslim Student Association is to create a safe space for Muslims on campus, dispel misconceptions on Islam, and foster a community where Muslims and non-Muslims alike can feel comfortable in, where Islamic topics can be openly discussed, and where we can represent our demographic to the campus.
We hope to see you there!
Tuesdays 7-8 pm at the Middle Eastern Resource Center (MERC) in the Student Resource Building. Hope to see you there inshaAllah!
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Week of Welcome 2018!
Welcome new Gauchos and old Gauchos, Welcome Back!
Hello everyone! Here is our list of Week of Welcome events! We hope to see you there!
9/25- Middle Eastern (1pm-3pm) located on the Santa Rosa-DLG Lawn
Join UCSB MSA for halal BBQ at Goleta Beach located just off Henley Gate. Meet new people and get to know the MSA!
Date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Time: 5-8 pm
Place: Goleta Beach
First General Meeting w/ Ike's
Join us for our very first meeting where you'll get to know about our upcoming events and future goals for MSA this year, socialize, play games, and enjoy free sandwiches as well!
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: 7-8 pm
Place: Middle Eastern Resource Center (MERC) at the Student Resource Building (SRB)
Join us for a tour around Isla Vista and get to know UCSB's community.
Get to know where your classes are before they start.
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 4-6 pm
Place: Meet at IV Starbucks
Dinner in IV
Eat dinner with us at the popular go-to restaurants on Pardall street. Catch up on classes, events, and experiences with your MSA fam!
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 7-8 pm
Place: Meet up at end of Pardall tunnel
Jummah and Lunch
UCSB MSA will be going to Jummah (Friday) prayers, so come join us! We will also be having lunch as a group afterward at the inner Goleta area or downtown.
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 1-3:30 pm
Place: Goleta Valley Community Center. Meet up at North Hall Bus Loop by 12:45 sharp!
Hiking at Knapp's Castle
UCSB MSA will be going hiking at one of the most beautiful ruins in the Santa Barbara area, so don't miss out!
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 10-4 pm
Place: Meet up at North Hall Bus Loop by 9:45 am sharp!
Our Past Events
Islam 101: Interfaith Coexistence Week (Lecture+ Q&A!)
May 18, from 5-7 pm, at the UCEN: Santa Barbara Mission Room
Islam is an age-old religion with a vast history and many traditions. One can spend a lifetime studying Islam and find that there is still so much more to understand. Learning the basics of Islam should not be difficult, although we often find ourselves lost in a sea of information and find it hard to separate fact from fiction. Join our guest lecturer, Mus'ab Abdalla, as he takes us through the basics of Islam and presents the foundations of one of the worlds largest religions. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Mus'ab Adballa is currently the Imam of the Mosque of Nasreen, located in San Luis Obispo.
Kayaking with MSA!
April 30 at 11 am at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center
Salam :) Come to our annual kayaking event this Saturday!
We're planning to meet at the UCSB bus loop at 11am, so please be there on time!
Price per hour for single kayaks is $10 and $20 for doubles
(BRING YOUR STUDENT ID!!!)
if you need a ride please let me or Samia know, and if you can give rides let us know too!
February 1, 7-9 pm at the MPR: Student Resource Building
The Syrian Refugee Crisis still affects millions of lives everyday. Join UCSB MSA in raising awareness and funds for this cause and help make a change! All proceeds will benefit Islamic Relief USA for Syrian Refugees. Entry and Refreshments at $1. Venmo and cash accepted. For more information, contact email@example.com
Contemplation Lounge, UCEN, 3rd floor (in corridor next to study lounge)
Are you looking for a place to pray on campus? Check out the Contemplation Lounge on the 3rd floor of the UCEN! Please keep in mind that the lounge is religiously neutral, so make sure to respect the space by keeping your prayers quiet and keeping the room clean.
UCEN Hours: Mon-Thurs. 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
Jummah Prayer takes place at the Goleta Valley Community Center. To get to Jummah, take the 11x from the North Hall Bus Loop (going towards Downtown SB) about 15-20 minutes before you want to arrive. Bus schedules can be found at sbmtd.gov
Islamic Society of Santa Barbara (ISSB)
ISSB is Santa Barbara's local mosque, and the location of many gatherings and informational services. The new mosque is in the process of almost being completed! In the meantime, Jummah Prayer takes place in the Goleta Valley Community Center and regular daily prayers take place at the temporary location listed below.
Halal Market and Restaurants
Although there are no completely Halal restaurants in Santa Barbara (yet), there are sources of Halal meat available
European Deli Market
4422 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Halal meat and poultry can be found here, as well as many Middle Eastern snacks and groceries.
6530 Seville Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
The closest source of halal meat to students, Ike's serves Halal chicken in addition to vegetarian and vegan options.
966 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA 93117
This Indian restaurant serves halal chicken and lamb dishes.
209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
This Lebanese restaurant serves halal lamb and seafood options in Downtown Santa Barbara.
1027 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
This Indian restaurant serves halal meat.
A Crash Course on the Religion of Peace
What is Islam?
A Quick Run Down
The name of the religion is Islam, which comes from an Arabic root word meaning "peace" and "submission." Islam teaches that one can only find peace in one's life by submitting to Almighty God (Allah) in heart, soul and deed. The same Arabic root word gives us "Salaam alaykum," ("Peace be with you"), the universal Muslim greeting.
Who do Muslims believe in?
Muslims believe in Allah. Allah is the proper name for Almighty God, and is often translated merely as "God." Allah has other names that are used to describe His characteristics: the Creator, the Sustainer, the Merciful, the Compassionate, etc. Arabic-speaking Christians also use the name "Allah" for Almighty God.
Muslims believe that since Allah alone is the Creator, it is He alone that deserves our devout love and worship. Islam holds to a strict monotheism. Any worship and prayers directed at saints, prophets, other human beings or nature is considered idolatry.
Who is considered Muslim?
A person who believes in and consciously follows Islam is called a Muslim, also from the same root word. So, the religion is called "Islam," and a person who believes in and follows it is a "Muslim.
One cannot judge Islam by looking at those individuals who have a Muslim name but in their actions, they are not living or behaving as Muslims. The extent of being a Muslim can be according to the degree to which one is submitting to the will of God, in His beliefs and His actions.
Five Pillars of Islam
What is the Foundation of Islam?
In Islam, faith and good works go hand-in-hand. A mere verbal declaration of faith is not enough, for belief in Allah makes obedience to Him a duty.
The Muslim concept of worship is very broad. Muslims consider everything they do in life to be an act of worship, if it is done according to Allah's guidance. There are also five formal acts of worship which help strengthen a Muslim's faith and obedience. They are often called the "Five Pillars of Islam."
1. Shahada (Testimony of Faith)
The belief that is there is no God but Allah and the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is his messenger.
2. Salat (Prayer)
The 5 daily Prayers Muslims are required to do everyday. These are served as a direct link between Allah and the worshipper.
3. Zakat (Charity)
The 2.5 % from disposable income that every Muslim is required to give to Charity.
4. Ramadan (Fasting)
The Holy Month of the year when Muslims all over the World fast from Sunrise to Sunset, in which they do not eat any food nor drink anything.
5.Hajj (The Pilgrimage to Mecca)
The pilgrimage that is done once annually at Mecca, and is required of a Muslim at least once in his/her lifetime if they can afford it.
Articles of Faith
What do Muslims believe about God, prophets, the afterlife, etc.?
The basic beliefs of Muslims fall into six main categories, which are known as the "Articles of Faith":
(more information can be found here)
Two Main Celebrations
How to Offer Supplication and Supplications Offered
Fajr- Offered in the early hours of the morning, before the sun rises.
Dhuhr- Offered around noon.
Asr- Offered around the Afternoon
Maghrib- Offered before the sun sets
Isha- Offered at Night
Everyday Life of Muslims
Daily Life in Islam
While often seen as a radical or extreme religion, Muslims consider Islam to be the middle road. Muslims do not live life with complete disregard for God or religious matters, but nor do they neglect the world to devote themselves solely to worship and prayer. Muslims strike a balance by fulfilling the obligations of and enjoying this life, while always mindful of their duties to Allah and to others.
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