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Sarah Bellal, President
Salaam! My name is Sarah B. Bellal (y'all can guess what the B stands for). I'm a third year double majoring in Political Economy and Political Science, so feel free to ask me about either. If I had to pick just one of favorite MSA memories, it would actually be a conversation: as a freshman I was a pseudo-intellectal mess (arguably still am). I remember a conversation with someone I consider a mentor and the reason I stayed involved with MSA; they explained how the way we absorb knowledge has to do with something called "epistemology," which I'm down to talk about with anyone on end. My favorite events are Ilm classes, so I can't wait for all the incredible speakers we'll be hearing from throughout the year. My favorite place to eat in Berkeley is anywhere with sparklin' water.
Ameer Siddiqui, Internal Vice President
Salaam! I'm a third year, Molecular and Cell Biology major, though I do switch to being a first year, EECS major on career fair days (them tech companies be packing some serious heat with their free merch, yo). I've lived all my life in Irvine, CA so don't talk smack about SoCal in front of me. It will get ugly. I like playing basketball and I'm a diehard LeBron fan. Yes, I am a proud bandwagon fan who roots for whatever team he plays for. You can hit me up with any questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abdullah Puckett, External Vice President
My name is Abdullah, and I transferred to Cal last year from San Diego. Now, I'm on track to graduate in the Spring as a double major in Political Economy and Interdisciplinary Studies. Alhamdulillahi, I am very grateful to have had a number of good experiences with the MSA last year-- like going to Ike's together-- that helped to make me feel at home here. This year, being able to put on a presentation in cooperation with FAM for nonMuslims eager to hear about Islam was an absolutely amazing activity. I'm sure there'll be plenty more, so come join us!
Hasan Ahmad, Treasurer
Salaam everyone! I’m Hasan, your treasurer, and I’m a sophomore studying Bioengineering. Being a part of the MSA community has been a great experience so far, and my favorite MSA memory was my very first Brother’s Dinner during Welcome Week. Getting to meet all of the MSA brothers was really amazing, and that is where I met some of my closest friends (and now roommates). This year, I am extremely excited about our upcoming Fall Banquet! There’s going to be great people and great food, so be sure to come out. If you can’t wait that long for some delicious food, be sure to check out Kabana for the best authentic Pakistani cuisine in Berkeley.
Nadeen Hijaz, Sisters' Director
Salaams, y'all. I'm a fourth year studying Rhetoric. One of my favorite MSA memories was attending Ustadh Usama Canon’s ilm class on tazkiyyah or purification of the heart. Listening to Ustadh Usama’s spiritual approach on redemption taught me the value of self-empowerment and self liberation from toxic characteristics. The class was a cathartic experience, which demonstrated that growth is not limited by time. I am also truly excited for my board and I to host a discussion on privilege within Muslim societies, and the innate traits that are attributed to a select group of individuals. One casual transition later, the best food in Berkeley is Toss in Downtown Berkeley and The Hot Shop in Albany. Afghan-Mexican food is a life altering experience that is made up of cajun chicken nachos, and magic.
Musab Reza, Brothers' Director
I am the one who is known as The Musabinator. I'm a junior with an intended major of Economy, inshaAllah. My favorite MSA memory is from my freshman year, when a small group of brothers went to the Berkeley Marina together. SubhanAllah, the view was absolutely stunning and it provided a moment of much needed tranquility. My favorite place to eat is John's Ice Cream.
Zohra Chaudhry, Educational Coordinator
Salaams! I'm a sophomore, intended Political Economy major with a minor in Arabic. I have a lot of great MSA memories, but the first one that comes to mind is MSA Graduation from last year. Let's just say there were some ups and downs, especially with set up and logistics (I was stranded standing on the street with around 30 balloons at one point), but in the end it really made me appreciate the Muslim community here at Berkeley and their willingness to be there to help when needed. A girl I barely knew missed the program to drive me to San Leandro to pick up a cake. That's real community. This year, I'm excited for some of the speakers that we're trying to bring to campus inshaAllah. As for the last and most important question, I can't pick a favorite food place in Berkeley because unfortunately I'm one of those people who sits around for 30 minutes trying to decide where to eat before I finally choose. I will say though, if you want gelato there's only one place to go: Caravaggio. #unsolicitedadvertisement
Tahsin M. Ahmed, Communications Director
ASA y'all, my name is Tahsin and I like corny jokes, haikus, and uncommon acronyms. I'm a junior studying Political Science, but I left my heart in Peace and Conflict Studies. I'm known for carrying a pink parasol and lending out my calculator during midterm season. If you got a bone to pick with the aesthetic of the weekly email or Facebook group banner, I'm the right girl to come to. Or the wrong girl, because I rather like its aesthetic. My favorite MSA events are the ilm classes during Black History Month, and my favorite memory is from my freshman year, when I accidentally left a thermos of milk on the MSA table during Experience Islam Week on the day we were serving coffee and everyone assumed it was an MSA-issued creamer. Don't let the folks above tell you otherwise-- the best place to eat in Berkeley is Jayakarta.