In this post I am going to share with you my favourite things about this society and what makes it so special.
Although a common misconception that most Muslims are Arab or Asian, Muslims exist in every country on Earth and you can really see this diversity at Newcastle University!
This might surprise you but the head brother of the society is a white Geordie lad himself! Joining the ISOC is an amazing opportunity to meet people from all over the world!
Through the ISOC I have friends from all corners of the globe, from Indonesia to Turkey and China to Nigeria.
From trips to the Zoo, theme parks, laser quest, food crawls, movie nights, guest speakers and more. The ISOC is far from a boring society, there’s always something going on!
There are also weekly activities such as Arabic classes and learning about significant women at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Giving to charity is one of the 5 pillars of Islam and the ISOC hold regular events raising money for different causes. Back in October I took part in charity week, it was an amazing experience where we sold sweet and savoury snacks and raised £2,000 for Orphans in Syria.
Last but not least Discover Islam week (also known as free samosa week) is loved by Newcastle students and locals alike!
It is an annual event where a huge marquee is set up filled with free Islamic literature, food, quizzes, henna and art. More importantly it is chance for people of different backgrounds to come together and learn about Islam.
Given the tense global atmosphere surrounding Islam, it provides an important chance for people to meet and chat to a Muslim and ask anything they like, whether it be about the weather or what Muslims actually believe in and follow. All whilst enjoying a delicious ISOC samosa!
The University also realises the value and uniqueness of the society and as a result the ISOC has won numerous awards from the best society on campus in 2013, to the best society for social inclusion and cultural diversity this year.
The incredible people you meet well and truly help to make each year valuable at Newcastle University.
I well and truly have left my heart with the ISOC…