Semi-Monthly Hadith

Reported by `Abdullah bin `Abbas (RA):  Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said that Allah, the Glorious, said: "He who intends to do a good deed but he does not do it, then Allah records it for him as a full good deed, but if he carries out his intention, then Allah the Exalted, writes it down for him as from ten to seven hundred folds, and even more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then Allah writes it down with Him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed"

- [Bukhari and Muslim]

Assalamu Alaikum Georgia State MSA-ers,

As we approach the new semester we want to take some time out to thank Allah (swt) for all the blessings he has bestowed upon us. Before the new Spring 2013 semester begins, we want to inform everyone about all of our upcoming events, news, and changes regarding the MSA at GSU! We wish you a happy and successful semester and ask Allah (swt) to help us all become the best that we possibly can be.

I)      A Letter from the President

Hope you all enjoyed your break from school and were able to spend time catching up with friends and family, insha’Allah!

I want to take a moment to thank you all for your support of the MSA. The board has numerous exciting events planned for the upcoming semester and we hope to see each and every one of you there!  

Before the semester begins, I want to welcome our new MSA Executive Board Members as follows, effective immediately:

Secretary - Naila Amer
Treasurer - Aya Eldashoury
President - Abdurrahman Darvesh

While I am sad to leave the MSA board, I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent serving the GSU MSA since 2010, I trust that the new and bright board members will continue to further improve the MSA. May Allah bless their efforts and intentions, and may this year be the best we’ve seen, insha’Allah!

Any faults from the MSA are from the Board and I, and any good you have gained is from Allah. Please keep your fellow GSU MSA Members and the rest of the Muslim Ummah in your duas. Hope you all enjoy your last few days of break and rest well before the semester begins. I wish you all positive growth and the best of luck this semester and in your future endeavors!

Walaikum Assalam,
Halima Ahmad

II)      New Board Members
The MSA would like to congratulate the following students on becoming members of the MSA Board. The Executive Board selected Sister Aya Eldahshoury to become our next Treasurer, Sister Naila Amer as our next Secretary, and Sister Samina Sattar as our next Atlanta Muslim Young Professionals Representative for the upcoming 2013 Spring Semester. We hope that everyone enjoys working with the MSA and can make our future a very bright one, insha’Allah. Below we have included the entire MSA board’s email addresses, so if you have a question or concern, please do not ever hesitate to email us.

Abdurrahman Darvesh (President): [log in to unmask]
Akbar Ahmed (Brother’s Vice President): [log in to unmask]
Zainab Ayaz (Sister’s Vice President): [log in to unmask]
Aya Eldahshoury (Treasurer): [log in to unmask]
Naila Amer (Secretary): [log in to unmask]
Omar Hamki (Dawah Table Coordinator): [log in to unmask]
Hafiz Muhammad Yahya Saeed (Halaqah Coordinator): [log in to unmask]
MSA @ GSU (General Information): [log in to unmask]

III)      Prayer Room Code Change
The room code for the Muslim Students Association Prayer Room, located on the 4th floor of the University Center in room 409, changed on January 7th, 2013. To see the new room code, please register with the MSA on or through our website, The prayer room code will be located on the home page.

IV)      Housing Listings
Visit: for housing listing and halal food restaurants in the Atlanta area. Users can also create listings for housing and roommate needs. There are currently limited postings for housing around GSU, but we encourage you to start posting housing listings and roommate listings so that these needs could be met more professionally.

To make a new post, click on the "New post" button on the top left corner on the search results page (this button is not present on the home page, only on the search results page), choose city from a drop down menu and fill out the form. Once completed, click submit to complete the posting.

V)      Dawah Table/Halaqah Timings
For the upcoming Spring semester, dawah table timings will be from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013. The dawah table can be found in front of the library at the courtyard plaza. If you wish to volunteer for dawah table, contact us at [log in to unmask].

Halaqah will begin on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 this semester. Halaqah will take place three times a week, starting on Mondays with a mixed Halaqah from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, followed by a brothers’ Halaqah on Tuesdays from 12:15 PM - 1 PM, and a sisters’ Halaqah on Thursdays from 12:15 PM - 1 PM. All Halaqahs will take place in the University Center on the 4th floor in room 402, located just around the corner from the MSA Prayer Room.

VI) Fast-a-thon 2013
This semester will feature our annual Fast-a-Thon on February 21st, 2013! Fast-a-Thon is where Muslims fast and encourage their non-Muslims friends to fast in order to see what it’s like to hold a fast during Ramadan. The event will be held in the Georgia State University Student Center in the Court and House salon from 6 PM  to 9 PM. Please encourage your Muslim and non-Muslim friends to join us for a very special night. We will have a surprise guest speaker who will be arriving from out of state. Dinner will be served. We are also looking for volunteers for this event! If you are interested please send us an email at [log in to unmask] as soon as possible!

VII)      Entertainment Night      
Introducing the Muslim Students Association’s first ever Entertainment Night! For the first time, come to our special event where we’ll be featuring local talent along with some of the biggest names in show business! The event will be taking place on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 from 6 PM until 9 PM! This will be a great night to stop by and enjoy some time with your fellow Muslim Brothers and Sisters in Islam! We are still looking for local talent artists who are willing to showcase their material to everyone, with the chance to score some new fans! If you are interested, please email us at [log in to unmask] right away to secure a spot on this amazing night!

Community Announcements
1)      Al Maghrib Institute - Qabeelat Salaam Class

Nation Builders: Stories of the Prophets is a double-weekend seminar taught by Shaykh Kamal El Mekki.

For more information and to access the registration page, please click the following link:

Dates: 01/25 - 01/27 & 02/02 - 02/03
Location: GaTech Molecular Science Building
Facebook event:

2)  Preparing for the Real World: 2013 Employment Toolkit

What: Preparing for the Real World: 2013 Employment Toolkit
When: Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 11am-3pm
Where: Georgia Tech Student Center- Piedmont Room (350 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332)

The Muslim Urban Professionals (Muppies) Atlanta chapter is collaborating with the Atlanta Muslim Young Professionals and GT Muslim Alumni Connection to host a workshop for college students interested in careers in business, “Preparing for the Real World: 2013 Employment Toolkit”. The session will help students to strategize and execute a targeted internship and/or full-time job search. More information about the event can be found on Facebook at this link:

We encourage college students to attend this event to learn more about career development and network with professionals. Please register:

3)  A Night for Syria
While millions of Syrians have been internally displaced, tens of thousands have lost their lives and millions more are in need of aid, Syria Relief and Development has been working tirelessly inside Syria and neighboring Jordan to help alleviate the suffering of Syrians in need and provide them with life's most basic necessities.
Join us at:
"A Night for Syria"
an event to help Syrians in need

Shahir Raslan, Speaker,Fundraiser
Ms. Latifah, Spoken Word Artist
Raef, Singer-Songwriter
Dr. Yassar Kanawati & Martin Altman, Family Intervention Specialists, Psychological Impact of the Revolution on Families & Children

Tickets are $30 per person
Individuals can purchase tickets by going to:

Ahmed Elkhaldy
(319) 533-2450
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Date: 1/12
Location: 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA
Facebook link:

4)  Messages to Syria from Atlanta (An MWB/Elevate Culture Event)

Join us on the evening of January 18 as we unleash our creativity and our solidarity for the children of Syria! We will be creating messages, writing letters, and attaching photos that will be sent directly to refugee camps. The children will record their messages back to us for later viewing.

Here's your chance to share some hope with the children and let them know of the care and love you have for them and their cause. Many of these children are asking, "Where is the World?" Here is your chance to send them your answer!

Please visit the Facebook link to find out more:

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.
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