Assalamu Alaikum! At Harvard, you have endless opportunities ahead of you, but as you have heard from nearly every HIS member, the Harvard Islamic Society provides you with opportunities and experiences that are truly special. As a part of the external committee, you have the opportunity to be the face of Muslims on campus, to engage your peers and educate them in issues that hit close to home, issues that relate to your faith. From organizing events like the Fast-a-thon (in which over 700 Harvard students have previously fasted) to planning a week long series of events and bringing in distinguished speakers, you will have the chance to make your mark in the greater Harvard community.
One of the most important missions of HIS is to make Muslims in the Harvard community feel as comfortable and happy as possible. Therefore, we try to create a social environment that helps bring people together and fosters the creation of long lasting friendships that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. If you want to help strengthen the Muslim community by helping plan and organize events such as Ramadan Iftars, Fall/Spring Dinners, or scavenger hunts – join our Internal Committee!
You can get involved in the Treasury and help HIS in a very proactive manner. We are always looking for business-minded people that are motivated and want to help us raise the money that allows our various events to take place. You are vital, especially looking forward to the direction that HIS is taking – we are embarking on great initiatives, which will only be rendered possible with a wide donor network, composed of alumni and other interested parties. In becoming involved with this fundraising, you will get to know and understand the ins and outs of networking, as well as meet many amazing Muslim Harvard affiliates. Further, being a part of the financial arm of HIS puts you in touch with the administration and other student groups in very unique ways, allowing you to see the many organizations that make up Harvard, all working together. You will meet all sorts of people and learn an enormous amount of the motive power that goes into an organization like the Harvard Islamic Society.
Islamic Learning Committee
The Islamic Learning Committee (founded in 2007), is responsible for for the elements of religious knowledge to be shared. The approach is two-pronged–regular halaqat (discussion circles) adhering to a formal curriculum seeking to perfect our sacred knowledge and “fireside chats” designed to be open community discussions on sometimes controversial topics (including politics, racism, and sexuality). Special workshops also occur throughout the year, on the topics of prayer, Ramadan, and essentials of Islam. Such sessions are intended to lay the basic foundations of acts of worship obligatory on all Muslims. The Islamic Learning Committee is also responsible for weekly Jumu’ah prayers in Lowell Lecture Hall and maintains the HIS library.