Ann Arbor–This past weekend an event was organized by the MSA of the University of Michigan, attended by an audience of about 600 people.
The highlight at the event from the students was the presentation of skits from boys and girls. The consensus of those in attendance was that the girlsâ€™ skits were better.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Sherman Jakson, who exhorted MSA students and other Muslims not to despair despite the present anti-Muslim climate, because they have a legacy to carry.
He reminded the audience that the Holy Prophet (s) faced terrible terrible hardships, but that he never relented in his mission.
Professor Jackson also emphasized to the students that they should trust people based on thier actions, and not based on their religion. He gave the example of when our Prophet (s) left Mecca for Madina, among others was one mushrik whose trust Prophet (s) valued, based on his honorable actions and deeds.
Thirdly, Professor Jackson said that MSA is an important institution. Citing his own example he said â€œI am one of its beneficiaries.â€ When he accepted Islam in 1977–when the Iranian revolution was at its height, the Palestinian issue and other similar problems were just creeping up–when we turn to MSA, he said, that was our source of inspiration. We put our intellectual resources, physical resources and financial resources–that provided us focus and solace. He concluded by saying; â€œMSA is the future of Islam in America and elsewhere.â€ He further said: â€œ Every one in MSA has a place to work and each one of you is important for the vision and mission of MSAâ€.
When the five TMO Foundation scholarships were announced, students cheered it with approval and appreciation.