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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

MSA’s  Gala Dinner By Nabeela Vadi (student correspondent)

On Saturday evening, 24 August 2013, I attended MSA’s Humanitarian Project Gala Dinner. The event hosted an array of programmes; including beautiful qiraat by Hafez Muhamed Ismail that touched the hearts of all who heard and live nasheed performance by Hafez Arshad Essa that filled the air with sweetness.

The event that brought together; corporates (Wonderflooring, Fair Price, Pristine Motors, Alumnis, and Motor dealers) families and individuals who believe in the cause of MSA and the Humanitarian Project itself, whos main aim is to empower humanity by teaching man to provide for himself. Nasira Bhamjee, project co-ordinator explained, “The worst thing to do for someone is; do something that he can do for himself. Giving him handouts instead of teaching him how to earn his living”. Which follows with the gist of the project to collect unwanted clothing items and help  individuals selected by SANZAF start-up business’ and also initiate the tree planting project in collaboration with Green Deen SA.

Honoured on the night, was chairperson of the MSA, Yusuf Talia who strives to great lengths to achieve student involvement and incorporate Deen within the element of helping the less fortunate and spreading the values of Islam. He said “Tonight we are hoping to be a huge success. Also, the launch of Waqf is the beginning of the sustainability for the MSA to bring social awareness and to gain support from the broader community and not only students.”

The Waqf fund launched by AWQAF SA brought in pledges above R10 000 and a return on the investment would help MSA function sustainably for future growth and continuity.

The student organisers spent a lot of time and effort into putting together the beautiful event themed blue, white and yellow which seated 350 people comfortably. They emphasised that by putting the event together there would be more awareness and the community will take more active roles in participating in MSA projects.

“We are entrusted with protecting every dimension of this planet and we are all equally accountable” inspired the audience, Sheikh Sadulla Khan, guest speaker of the evening, highlighted the issue of fulfilling the responsibility of taking consideration of the environment and addressing social issues such as global warming, pollution and sustainability of social, economic and environmental factors.

The Al Ihsaan award intended to inspire more youth to become active citizens in society, increasing social awareness, for those who make a difference in the community and society at large was awarded to Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh who has many achievements behind his name, “ I am honoured to receive this reward and the other candidates should also be recognised for striving in the path of Islam.”

The auction which brought in R20 000 at last years event,  boasted beautiful frames this year ; religious and sport, sponsored by Marouns, Orient Art Gallery and Oncourse Golf Promotions (ONGP). Included in the collection, was  Nelson Mandela with graded coins; start-off bid at R22 000. “This year we should receive a greater income from the auction. The funds raised on the evening would be shared equally to the Humanitarian Project and MSA Union“said Taskeen Adam.

The event was a complete success and many left with greater intention and a few chuckles, as comedian MJ Khan lightened up the atmosphere. The 5-course meal was nothing short of delicious and the service was excellent. Those who didn’t attend truly missed out.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

 A wise man once said

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”
Nelson Mandela

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody
Chinese Proverb

Be the change you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Charity allows us to go ahead with our own lives without worrying about the lives of the poor. Charity appeases our consciences.”
Muhammad Yunus

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The Humanitarian Project in the media

“Students Empowering Humanity”

Campus’ around the country are uniting together to make a difference to the lives of others. The Muslim Student Association (MSA) on all 14 campuses, collaborate to make this years flagship project an unforgettable and memorable one. The idea is sustainability for mankind. The aim of this project is to empower students with a life skill to get involved and remember the next man in his everyday life and to empower individuals in the less affluent community with beneficial survival strategies. 

“The Humanitarian Project” a three-phase based project; phase one- clothing collection, sorting and packing, phase two - engagement and distribution. And phase three- tree planting, is the general outline for this project.  “The Humanitarian Project” being run over two months, starting from 5 August in an effort to encourage muslims across South Africa to open their closets, take out unused clothing (excluding underwear) to donate to this cause. It is, after all a pre-requisite for muslims to make use of only what’s necessary for him and share all that he has with the ones who do not.

The collected clothing will go through the 5-phase-process and will entail maximum student involvement, entitling them to make effort and gain lesson from this project. Collected clothing will be sorted by the students on campus’, washed by them, ironed and distributed to identified individuals in the various communities selected by SANZAF ( South African National Zakaah Fund). The clothes will be used to start-up business’ for the individuals identified by SANZAF -who will be collaborating and assisting MSA with this project.

The Green Deen team will be overseeing the tree planting initiative, also known as the sustainability phase. Students from campuses will be travelling to certain rural areas, identified by SANZAF, to plant trees.

The MSA will also be holding their annual Gala Dinner event on the 24 August, which will host an array of programmes including stand-up comedy, nazms, a talk by Sheikh Sadulla Khan and an auction to raise funds shared between “The Humanitarian Project” as well as other MSA projects. 

Drop off points will be at your nearest masjid, school, and universities within your locality. However, one can also call the various contact numbers stated below to verify closest drop-off points to you. And enquire about ticket sales for the Gala Dinner.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013


Our collection boxes have finally arrived and shall be distributed to the participating campuses soon!

Look out for our custom made, Humanitarian Project box to drop off your contribution.

Details to follow.

Let the collections begin!

Update from The Humanitarian Project Team

The very cool looking, custom made boxes are ready and will be picked up and distributed soon.

Hope you started emptying those cupboards, regional collection should commence soon.

Don’t forget to look out for our poster to find out the drop off points closest to you

Sunday, 11 August 2013


In support of  The Humanitarian Project , MSA Union will be hosting a Fundraiser Gala Dinner on the 24 August 2013

Ticket Price: R250(pp)
Venue: Sultan Bahu Hall Mayfair JHB

Come enjoy a delicious 3-course meal and live entertainment while contributing to a good cause!

The dinner will host an array of programmes including stand up comedy  nazms, a talk by Sheikh Sadulla Khan and much much more.  Don't forget to bring a wallet full of cash for an auction that will blow your mind.

MSA will be launching their Waqf* on the evening with the intention to generate investment primarily to support MSA Union and to contribute to MSA Union's long-run sustainability. Pledges will be accepted on the evening.

Proceeds raised from the dinner will be shared between The Humanitarian Project and MSA Union.

For more info contact:
                                                Raabia: 078 763 1780
                                                Radiyyah: 084 060 7868

*A Waqf is a divine institution of sustainable investments for social development.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Who are the Muslim Students Association?

MSA was established in 1974 and has grown to be one of the largest student representative bodies in South Africa. The MSA aims to assist in developing students into leaders that aim to serve broader society. This is done by developing structures to create a national and influential student representative body, through advocating for social, political and economic justice and facilitating campaigns, social projects and humanitarian initiatives which are all student based. Operating nationally, and run by students, the organisation brings together chapter MSA's who work together to drive Muslim youth activity and involvement, and run dynamic projects in all spheres. In contributing to the development of Africa and the Ummah, the MSA Union is committed to building the desired Muslim generation in a balanced Islamic paradigm, by establishing and sustaining active Islamic work in all spheres, through exemplary student leadership in South Africa. We serve as a voice of Muslim students on national and international issues.

Our vision is ““Advancing ‘Project Islam’ by representing, networking and developing t youth in South Africa"

What is The Humanitarian Project?
MSAs will conduct a second hand clothing collection across South African campuses which will be given to identified underprivileged people to enable and empower them to start their own businesses. The recipients of the second hand clothing will be people identified by SANZAF, who will also liaise with the recognised recipients. The recipients will receive training and support by SANZAF, which will ensure continuity and success of the project.
Additionally, a second phase will be incorporated. The sustainability phase is incorporated by MSA's Green Deen team and consists of a fruit tree planting ininitiative. Students from campuses will travel to certain rural areas,identified by SANZAF, to plant trees.

THP on campus...
After the clothes are collected, it will be washed, sorted and packed by students on campus as part of the core idea of mass student involvement. This phase requires sponsorship in terms of washing materials and utensils that will need to be distributed to campuses countrywide.

Changing the image of charity work
This project is envisioned upon an eradication of social apathy, replacing it with social development. It goes far beyond the realms of charity work, in that we aim to empower underprivileged people with the opportunity to start businesses of their own. This project is centered by revolutionary ideals and social progression and is a step in the right direction. Your sponsorship and donations will be much appreciated.
Who to contact...

Get in touch with THP reps in your area to find out how you can get involved! To find the contact details of a rep closest to you simply select the contact detail tab of this blog.