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Community Announcements:

1. M. N. Ali Scholarship
2. Join the Cause: Project Downtown
3. Living Faith: Appalachian Retreat (June 25-30)
4. Talk by Sheikh Omar Hussaini Sat June 5
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As-Salaamu Alaikum MSA Activists and Students!
It is with great pleasure that MSA National announces the continuation of
its scholarship program for activists and students: The M. Naziruddin Ali
Award for Excellence.

          The M. Naziruddin Ali Award for Excellence provides national
recognition and financial support for students who exhibit outstanding
academic strength as well as exceptional service to Muslims and the American
and Canadian community at large.

          A pioneer of Islamic activism in the United States, M. Naziruddin
Ali's exemplary dedication to the Muslim American community is illustrated
by his life long association with MSA National, Islamic Society of North
America, and North American Islamic Trust, for which he served as General
Manager for twenty years. Beginning as local chapter president and Chicago
community activist, he served as president of MSA National for two terms and
was integral in facilitating the establishment of the Islamic Society of
North America during this period.  His tireless service, sincerity, and
unwavering commitment proved to be crucial in the birth and development of
each of these organizations.

Apply now! Deadline for submitting all application materials is June 17,
2010.  See website for additional information and application forms:
www.mnali.msanational.org. Please be advised that late applications will not
be accepted.

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2.
Salaam Alaikum MSA-ers!

Project Downtown is a local feed the less fortunate initiative led by
college students and it needs YOUR support. Please provide your feedback
through this super-short survey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LT9355D.

As Muslims, it is from our tradition to feed those that are in need, so
please make an effort to come out! We look forward to seeing you there iA.

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  There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger.

We testify to this multiple times daily. But how well do we understand it?
How would our lives change if we really internalized the meaning of these
two testimonies?


Living Faith: Understanding, Living, & Realizing the Testifications of
Faithwill help us answer these questions. We will see that our lives
as Muslims
are encompassed in these few words. Moreover, we will learn how to allow
this testimony to move beyond our lips, limbs, and mind to the heart; we
will learn what it means to love Allah and His Messenger, to love what He
loves, and to truly live our faith in our modern times.

We invite you to come attend this retreat of spiritual and physical healing
in a place where skyscrapers are replaced with mountains, billboards with
trees, smog with post-dawn mist, and trivial chatter with the remembrance of
God.

THE SITE
Living Faith will be held at Coker Creek Village Adventure and Retreat
Center, located 1.5 hours from Knoxville, TN. This 300-acre park is nestled
high in the southern Appalachian Mountains on the famed Ocoee River.
Students will be surrounded by the creation of Allah and enveloped in some
of the nation’s most pristine national forests. Also available on the site
are various recreational opportunities, such as:

   - Youth White Water Rafting
   - Nightly Bonfires with Nasheeds
   - Horseback Riding
   - Mountain Biking
   - Extensive Hiking
   - Gold Panning
   - Climbing Tower with Zip Line
   - Team-Building Activities - Sports: Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball
   (see www.cokercreekvillage.com)


ACCOMMODATIONS
Students will be housed in bunkhouse log cabins, with brothers and sisters
accommodated in separate sections of the site. The site is supervised by
trained personnel. Food will be cooked onsite by the camp personnel and all
the meat served will be zabihah/halal. Classes will be held in the Village's
new Retreat Center and “the Barn.”

CURRICULUM
Courses will focus on the following subjects:

   - Understanding the meaning of the Testifications of Faith
   - Living the implications of the Testifications in your life
   - Spiritual realization and attainment of love through the Testifications

   - Open forums with panel of scholars

Note: a broader variety of courses will be specified in the orientation
package after registration.

PARALLEL YOUTH SESSION
A parallel program for youth between the ages of 14 to 18 will be held at
the site. Classes will be taught by Ustadh Usama Canon as well as the
retreat’s other scholars. Some programs and activities, such as the group
prayers, recitations, and meals will be combined for the youth and adults.
The daily schedule will be less rigorous and will include more recreational
time. Youth leaders will be assigned to guide the youth at all times and
ensure that Islamic etiquette is maintained.

JOIN THE RETREAT OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
You can help us spread the word on Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter. Post this
email’s header
image (top mountain picture) as your profile image. Email
us<[log in to unmask]>if you would like printed
postcards to distribute in your community.

Lastly, share our video trailer, join our Facebook Retreat Page, and post
this as your status:
  <http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=123372491010099&ref=ts>   See
the *newly-released trailer video* for the SeekersGuidance Appalachian
Retreat: Living
Faith<http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=123372491010099&ref=ts>;
seats are filling quickly and registration closes soon! Nader
Khan<http://www.facebook.com/#!/ReliefWorks.NaderKhan?ref=ts>is now
CONFIRMED as a special guest, taking the campfire songs to a new
level :-) Share this status and video with others.
  TIME IS RUNNING OUT...REGISTER TODAY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
More than half of the available spots have already been taken.
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