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					Volume 1 Issue 2                                                                          November 2007 / Shawwal 1428


    Welcome to the 2nd edition of our monthly ISoc Newsletter! This month’s issue is jam packed with
         interesting articles, tips and news on campus to keep you informed and entertained!


  ESSAY STRESS?                                                     MUSLIM STUDENT
   EXAM FEVER?                                                      SURVIVAL GUIDE
                                                                 By Laila Mahmood
 HERE’S HOW TO DEAL WITH IT
                                                                 Yes it’s true, there is such a thing as a ‘slack’ student
 With essay season now in full swing and the dreaded             (who would’ve thought it!); luckily here at Leeds
 exams not that far off we have compiled some handy tips         University ISoc we aim to help our fellow brethren
 and Islamic advice to help you keep on top of things.           (and ‘sister-en’ – if that’s a word) maintain a ‘coool’
                                                                 head – and I don’t mean by smoking pot!
 Remember to make full use of the Universities facilities to
 deal with essay and exam stress. They provide great             To get high on the most euphoric of intoxicants, turn
 workshops and tutorials to assist and advise you (check         to Allah. Remember, Islam is not only a five letter
 out www.skillscentre.leeds.ac.uk for more information).         word, but more importantly a way of life, thus we are
                                                                 required to turn to Allah in times of ease and
                                                                 hardship; whilst chilling and panicking.
   Doing your                                                                                            continued on page 3

   head in?
                                                                    Ice skating,
                                                                    studying
 It’s important that the Muslim student puts their trust in         or the
                                                                    Dawa Class?
 Allah when facing the tests of this world, and seeks His
 help whilst following the prescribed means – the Prophet
 (SAW) said: “The strong believer is better and is more
 beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are
 good. Strive to attain that which will benefit you and seek
 the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless.” (Muslim)

 Among those means are the following:

 Turning to Allah by making dua – such as saying “O my
 Lord, expand my chest and make things easy for me”.

 Mention the name of Allah before you start, this brings
 blessing and seeking the help of Allah is one of the best
                                                                      NEW IN THIS ISSUE…
 means of strength.

 Remembering Allah (dhikr) dispels anxiety and tension. If
                                           continued on page 2



 INSIDE…
 News Around Campus                                        2
 Key Events and Dates                                      3
 Did You Know?                                             3
 Health and Well Being                                     4     CHECK OUT THE NEW COMIC STRIP AND
 Recipe of the Month                                       4         HUMOUR SECTION ON PAGE 4
 Humour & Comic Strip                                      4
                                           continued from page 1



                                                                    NEWS AROUND
you find something is difficult, then ask Allah to make it
easy for you.

Here are some key tips for you to follow in essays:-

1. Explore the question – Make a mind map of the key
                                                                    CAMPUS
words and phrases in the essay title, including 'instructional'
terms (compare and contrast, discuss, in the context of,
etc). Always ask yourself what am I being asked to do in
this essay?                                                         LUU REFERENDA
2. Reading, thinking, weightlifting – By all means, race to         Each year LUU holds two referenda. These are the way
the library to find books. But STOP! If you've properly             that we make sure members of the Union can suggest
explored the question first, you should be reading with             changes or new ideas for the Union and that members vote
questions in mind. Staggering away with a mountain of               collectively to decide whether these ideas should be
books to read may be good for weightlifters but doesn't             implemented.
result in a better essay!
                                                                    A referendum is a process that makes sure all members get
3. Planning – Every good essay contains a number of                 their chance to have a say on the big issues that affect
essential sections, of which the introduction is the first and      them while they are a part of Leeds University Union.
the conclusion, last. Sketch out a brief plan for your essay,
covering whatever you consider the essential sections to            If you want to know more about referenda you can visit the
be.                                                                 web page on:

                                                                        http://www.luuonline.com/referendum/index.php


                                                                    Referendum Agenda Published
                                                                    All referendum motions for voting will be published on or by
                                                                                th
                                                                    Tuesday 13 November


                                                                    The Big Debate Meeting
                 If only it was that simple!                        At this meeting, which is open to all members, the motions
                                                                    that are going to referendum will be open to discussion and
4. Drafting – Start with focused reading and note taking –          debate.
but don't try to do it all at once. Then modify your essay                       th
                                                                    Thursday 15 November, 2pm @ Riley Smith Hall
plan, because you now know more. Continue with reading
and note taking, then modify the essay plan again – and by
this time you may want to start writing the essay.                  Referendum Polling
                                                                                                                     th
5. Sleep on it – When you have a draft that is well on the          Polling stations will open at 10am, Tuesday 20 November
                                                                                                          nd
way, set it aside for a day or so. You will return to it with       and close at 7pm, Thursday 22            November. Polling
clearer ideas and renewed energy.                                   stations will be available in the Union building and around
                                                                    campus, and will be open for a three day period.
6. Final draft – Check it once again (Am I answering the
question?)                                                          Alternatively vote online at www.luuonline.com/vote

And finally don’t forget the essentials:                            Count and Result
    Spelling and grammar
    Bibliography and reading list                                  The day after the polling stations close the ballot papers will
    Presentation – does it look good, have the pages               be counted and checked. This will be conducted in a public
        been numbered?                                              place for any members to scrutinise the count.


HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION!                                     WRITE FOR LEEDS STUDENT!
In 2008 the University of Leeds is being audited. Leeds            LUU's student newspaper is looking for new writers!
University Union are providing students with an important
                                                                   A fantastic opportunity to voice your opinions to the student
opportunity to explain what it is like to study at Leeds. Have
                                                                   population, learn new skills, get writing experience and meet
your say about your education and submit your comments
                                                                   new people. Leeds Student can provide a platform for much
on...
                                                                   needed Dawa and interfaith.
www.luuonline.com/qaa/submityourcomments                           For more information email maryam_ahmad01@hotmail.com
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                                                                  It is crucial that the model student familiarises
                                                                  themselves with their subject area; brothers and
                                                                  sisters there is nothing worse than procrastination –
                                                                  you begin to LOSE CONTROL!

                                                                  Most students are guilty of this heinous crime; Allah
                                                                  says, “Hold fast to what we have given you…” (2:63).
                                                                  We should remember that our education is a form of
                                                                  ibadah and hence should be paid due attention and
                                                                  used to strengthen our imaan.
    That cow's milk has a cure for every illness in it?
     Yes, it's true! The Prophet (SAW) said:                           “…you are expected to snuff your
                                                                     scholarly snouts in as much academic
     "Drink cow's milk! For verily it (the cow) eats from all          discourse as the brainwaves can
     kinds of vegetation, and it (the milk) is a cure for every
                                                                                  absorb…”
     illness."

    The tomato is the world's most popular fruit.                For those fellow students who (like myself) find
                                                                  themselves laughing as they only have an eight (or
                                                                  even less) hour week DO NOT BE FOOLED; you are
    Did you know that one of the Companions was
                                                                  expected to snuff your scholarly snouts in as much
     reported to have lived for 250 years? It's true! It has
                                                                  academic discourse as the brainwaves can absorb.
     been reported that Salmaan Al-Faarisee lived 250
     years. Some reports even say 350 years!
                                                                  Trust me it will help you, and what could be better than
                                                                  building on your knowledge? I hear my fellow students
    On every continent there is a city called Rome.
                                                                  bellow, “we need to raise the roof on this party!” which
                                                                  I have interpreted to mean “as Muslim students we
                                                                  need to raise the standards for ourselves and in turn

KEY DATES & EVENTS
                                                                  for our Ummah” (oh that’s so much better!).

                                                                  Here on campus is where we need to use adab and
‘The Hidden Debt: The Islamic Civilization's Contribution’        akhlaq, clearly defined in the Qur’an and Sunnah, to
            th
Saturday 17 November, Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre              further our academic potential whilst at the same time
Guest Speaker: Professor Tariq Ramadan                            being ambassadors for our Deen.
A Time for Change
            nd
Thursday 22 November, 6pm @ Conference Auditorium 2                  “…I hear my fellow students bellow, ‘we
Imam Zia Ullah Khan                                                   need to raise the roof on this party!’”
Charity Week for Orphans                                          It begins by not delaying our academic input and by
           th           th
Monday 26 – Friday 30 November                                    relishing the time we have to engage ourselves with
A week of fundraising for orphans in third world countries        our studies; making our lives easier when deadlines
Charity Week Dinner                                               begin to loom – not to mention enabling us to be guilt
                th
Wednesday 28 November                                             free when having fun!
Details to be confirmed look out for the publicity!

Sisters Aerobics Classes
Every Monday, 5pm @ The Worsley Building                               Hadith of the Month
Contact 07882 902 889
                                                                       According to Wabisah bin Ma'bad (RA) who said:
Brothers & Sisters Tajweed Class (separate arrangements)          I came to the Messenger of Allah (SAW) and he said: ‘You
Every Wednesday after Dhuhr Jamat @ The Green Room                have come to ask about righteousness?’ I answered ‘Yes’.
                                                                   He said: ‘Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about
Calling to Allah (Weekly Dawa Class)                                which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil,
Every Wednesday, 5:15pm @ The Green Room                          and sin is what creates restlessness in the soul and moves
Taught by Sheikh Sa’ad Al-Attas                                   to and fro in the breast, even though people give you their
                                                                        opinion (in your favour) and continue to do so.’
Brothers Football League
Every Wednesday, 8pm @ The Outdoor Sports Hall
Contact Hakim – 07825 284 713                                            Ayah of the Month
Jummah (Friday Prayers)                                                   "My Lord! Enrich me with knowledge...”
Khutbah begins 1:15pm @ Riley Smith Hall, Student Union                            (Holy Qur’an 20:114)
Sisters also welcome
HEALTH AND WELL BEING                                                                                             RECIPE OF THE MONTH
By Cocobb Luqman                                                                                          Brain Shake
With the stress of essays we find that we have less                                                       …to keep all those brain juices flowing!
time to think about what we are eating and instead
                                                                                                          Ingredients
ponder how quickly we can eat it!
                                                                                                                      1½ Cups Distilled or Filtered Water
We all know that we have to take care of our health and
                                                                                                                      2 Scoops Vanilla Whey Protein
eat the necessary 5-a-day, but when it comes down to
it, it’s more a matter of theory and practice.                                                                        1 Tea Spoon Omega Oil
                                                                                                                      1 Cup Frozen Green Apple Slices
Yet we must question how much benefit is not being                                                                    ¼ Tea Spoon Mint Extract
taken advantage of. The words of Allah (SWT) clearly                                                                  Add 3-5 ice cubes for extra thickness
state:
“…Eat and drink: but waste not by                                                                         Blend until creamy smooth.
 excess, for Allah loves not the




                                                                                     ?
           wasters.”                                                                                      Another variation includes substituting
       (Holy Qur’an 7:31)                                                                                 a cut frozen banana for the apple slices,
                                                                                                          and a splash of orange juice instead of the mint extract.
Hence, it is essential that we refrain
from eating until we are full, despite
the urge to continue to do so – that
means fewer trips to Mahmoods
people!                                                                                                                             HUMOUR
Muslims should also preserve their health in terms of                                                        Well at least we tried…If you can do better, email us!
cleanliness, both physically and spiritually. By
                                                                                                          “A young lawyer, starting up his private practice, was very
remaining in a constant state of Wu’du, one is in a state
                                                                                                          anxious to impress potential clients.
of purity sufficient enough to perform prayer and
indeed:                                                                                                   When he saw the first visitor to his office come through the
“Allah loves those who turn to Him and those who care                                                     door, he picked up his phone and said, "I'm sorry, but my
                    for cleanliness.”                                                                     caseload is so tremendous that I'm not going to be able to
                   (Holy Qur’an 2:22)                                                                     look into your problem for at least a month. I'll have to get
                                                                                                          back to you."
We must also acknowledge the
                                                                                                          He then turned to the man who had walked in, and said
vital role that exercise can play in
                                                                                                          "Now, what can I do for you?"
terms of our health – and by
exercise, I do mean regularly.                                                                            "Nothing" replied the
Alhamdulillah, the healthier we are                                                                       man. "I'm here to hook
                                                                                                                                                               Did you hear the one about
in body, the healthier we are in                                                                          up your phone."
                                                                                                                                                                  the first Muslim desi
ibaadat. Let us take heed from the
                                                                                                                                                                       president?
Qur’an and Sunnah in every aspect
of our lives.                                                                                                                                                      At the inauguration
                                                                                                                                                                somebody told his mother,
                                                                                                                                                               "You must be very proud of
                                                                                                                                                                    your son," and she
                                                                                     Kabooom! Now it’s clear. Muslimah knows what she has to do in order
                                                                                     to save herself stress…all thanks to the Brain Shake! Alhamdullilah!      answered, "The President?
                                                                                                                                                                  He's alright. But his
                                                                                                                                                                   brother's a doctor!"




                                                                                                                                                                  An Imam got up after
                                                                                                                                                                    Friday prayers and
Muslimah is stressed out. Where do I start from?                                                                                                                 announced to the people:
                               Work hard, Play hard …
                                                                                                                                                                  "I have good news and
                                                                                                                      Tune in next month to see how Muslimah
                                                                                                                      deals with her dilemma!
                                                                                                                                                                bad news. The good news
                                                                                                                                                                is, we have enough money
                                                                                                                                                                    to pay for our new
                                                                                                                                                                building program. The bad
                                                                                                                                           ‘EXAMS’!                news is, it's still out
                                                                                                                                                                  there in your pockets."
Planning her time carefully.                            Relaxing at home…BUT OH NO




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