What is StuyMSA?
The Muslim Students Association is a group dedicated to fostering a tolerant and engaging environment where Muslims and non-Muslims can freely learn about and discuss Islam. Through weekly meetings and occasional events both inside and outside the school, some involving interaction with other clubs, we aim to dispel misconceptions and invoke awareness in students about the religion. We strive to promote understanding and tolerance, and to seek knowledge in order to better ourselves and also inform others. MSA creates a support system for Muslims; they can freely discuss religion, common as well as controversial concerns, and contemporary issues affecting Muslims and non-Muslims, alike.
StuyMSA holds meetings every Friday and special events throughout the year. Meetings are discussion based, centered around topics, often for discussion, sometimes for didactic purposes. Media, such as videos, PowerPoint presentations, and articles show different perspectives of Muslims and bring light to contemporary issues affecting the Muslim community. Social and community-service type events such as food drives, Henna parties, Eid celebrations, and outdoor activities are held when appropriate.
The MSA also provides congregational prayer services, including Zuhr & Jumuah (Fridays). Every day during 8th period, a group of brothers and sisters goes down to our newly designated prayer area on the 1st floor behind the theater at the far end of the hall. Prayer starts at 1:50 and Khutbah for Jumuah starts at 1:35. Interested members have the option to reserve 8th Period Religious Lunch on their schedule so that once they gain it they will have this lunch period to pray for the rest of their years at Stuyvesant. The way to do this is simple: head to your guidance counselor and request it from him/her.
We also participate in the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST), an annual team competition for high school Muslim clubs throughout New York City, and subsequently on a national scale. School wide events, such as lectures held in a lecture hall, are also held when available.
We are also part of the Stuyvesant UNITY Alliance, SPARK, with clubs such as Stuy Black Students League, Stuy BuildOn, Stuy Cancer Society, Stuy Free Hugs, ASPIRA, Stuy Peer Partnership, Stuy Red Cross, Students Take Resolute Initiative to Vindicate the Environment, etc. We are willing to help and network with other clubs and their initiatives as much as we can to bring awareness towards the significance of diversity within our school.
Just come to a meeting! You’re welcome to drop by room 740 (or nearby) where we hold meetings every Friday after school, unless noted otherwise. We discuss various topics and every once in a while, have a party! If you are not able to attend a meeting, feel free to contact any of the board members via email.
“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.” (Qur’an 3:104)