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Semi-Monthly Hadith

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of
Allah (PBUH) said: "Were people to know the blessing of pronouncing Adhan
and the standing in the first row, they would even draw lots to secure
these privileges. And were they to realize the reward of performing Salat
early, they would race for it; and were they to know the merits of Salat
after nightfall (`Isha') and the dawn (Fajr) Salat, they would come to them
even if they had to crawl.''[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

I) Letter from the President

Assalamu alaikum MSA members!

Hope everyone is well settled into the semester and did well on their
midterms, insha’Allah. It’s hard to believe that the semester is already
half over - this year has flown by! The board and I hope that you all
enjoyed a break from studying at one of the weekly halaqas, interfaith
events, or the cultural fair this semester!

Just a quick reminder: if you ever have any questions, comments, concerns,
or suggestions for the MSA, please do not hesitate to tell us! After all,
it is your MSA. And it is our duty to serve you. We are always open to any
feedback you have.

We are currently developing an online suggestion box for the MSA website
which members can use. In the meantime, you can catch us at an MSA event,
around the prayer room, or via email at the following addresses:

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The beloved Prophet (S) once said *“Anyone who shows the way to something
good has the same reward as the person who does it” [Muslim].*
May Allah unite our GSU MSA members in a way that we will all benefit each
other, insha’Allah!

Walaikum Assalaam,
Halima Ahmad
GSU MSA President

II) Islamophobia Panel: Breaking Down Stereotypes of Muslims
The *Muslim Students Association*, along with *Middle East Socio-Political
Association*, *Project Nur* and *International Socialist
Organization*present the Islamophobia Panel. Come and participate in
this panel of
discussion over the depiction of the Prophet Muhammed in the controversial
film "The Innocence of Muslims". This event will take place at the *General
Classroom Building Room 400* on *Thursday,October 18th at 5 PM*.
Featuring :

   - *Mansour Ansari,* one of the founders of the Islamic Speakers Bureau
   in Atlanta.
   - *Anita Husen*, on combating Islamophobia in America. Ms. Husen is the
   Muslim Student Association Advisor and professor of Arabic at Middle East
   Institute, GSU.
   - Student speakers: *Tom Gagne* and *Caitlin Fogerty*, Intervarsity
   student members.

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III) Interfaith event with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Join us on *Wednesday, October 24th* for another Interfaith event with the
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship! *Snacks will be provided*! The event
will begin at *11:00 AM *and will end at *2:00 PM* in *room 470* of
the *University
Center*! *Registered MSA members will get free admission to this event!* If
you haven't registered yet, there will be a table set up at the event so
that you can pay there. *Dues are ten dollars* for this semester!

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1. Atlanta Qur'anic Arabic Classes: Fawakih Institute - Registration
closing fast
2. Rawiya: She who tells a story - Welch school galleries exhibition (Sep
27-Nov 16)
3. Muslim Heroes need your help!


1. Atlanta Quranic Arabic: Beginner Courses

The Quranic Arabic Program at Fawakih caters to students who are familiar
with reading the Arabic script at the Introductory Level with little
background, if any, in grammar or reading comprehension of the Qur’an and
who may not be able to produce Arabic in writing or in speech; who are able
to read straightforward texts at the Intermediate Level with the regular
use of a dictionary, can identify grammatical parts of speech; who are
proficient at reading challenging texts at the Advanced Level 3; and who
are proficient at reading nuanced texts at the Advanced Level 4.

For more information:

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2. Rawiya: She who tells a story - An Exhibition

Welch School Galleries Exhibition: *Sept 27 - Nov 16, 2012*

Rawiya: She Who Tells a Story will be on view September 27 through November
16, coinciding with the month-long photography festival, Atlanta Celebrates
Photography. Rawiya is a photography collective founded by female
photographers from across the Middle East. Rawiya presents an insider's
view of a region in flux, balancing its contradictions while reflecting on
social and political issues and stereotypes. As a collective, Rawiya's
photographers respect the human dignity of the stories they tell, pooling
resources and vision to produce in-depth photo-essays and long-term
projects. Rawiya, meaning "she who tells a story" brings together the
photographic styles of Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak,
Tanya Habjouqa, Dalia Khamissy and Newsha Tavakolian.

The panel discussion Images, Narrative and Representation in the Middle
East pairs the visiting Rawiya artists with Nadine Sinno of Georgia State
University's Middle East Institute.
Rawiya: She Who Tells A Story at the Welch School Galleries is Rawiya's
first exhibition as a collective in the United States. The exhibit and
associated programs are supported in part by the Center for Collaborative
and International Arts (CENCIA), Fulton County Arts and Culture, the
Visiting Artists and Scholars Program of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art
& Design, and the GSU Middle East Institute.

Venue: Welch School Galleries at GSU
Cost: FREE and open to the public
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3. Muslim Heroes

Muslim Heroes needs your help! As you may already know, Muslim Heroes is an
organization that seeks to highlight the great work of Muslims serving
their communities all over the world. Additionally, we seek to help create
role models for Muslim youth, educate people about Islam and Muslims, and
help foster leadership in the Muslim community.

Click on the link for more detail:

Visit us at! Be sure to register with the MSA on OrgSync! Only
registered members receive the code to the prayer room located at
University Center room 409.

The MSA at GSU is now on Twitter and YouTube! Follow us on Twitter @GSU_MSA
and we'll follow you back insha'Allah!
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and name gets waived dues for this semester! (Newsletters only)