Congregational prayers take place at our designated prayer location behind Ackerman Student Union and Kerckhoff Hall (between Kerckhoff and Engineering IV). Prayer mats can be found inside the brown storage unit outside or in the MSA office, located at Kerckhoff 146.
There is another prayer space located on the 3rd floor of Ackerman.
Here are the times for congregational prayers:
Dhuhr: 1:15 PM
Asr: 3:30 PM
Maghrib: 5:00 PM
Isha: 8:10 PM
Jumu'ah (Friday) Prayers:
Jumu'ah prayer is held in the John Wooden Center Pyramid Room. The Khutbah begins at 1:15pm.
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Ustadh Tabari Zahir
Tabari Abdul-Zahir began formally studying the Islamic Sciences in early 2003 with Muslim scholars at Zaytuna Institute. Due to a series of bad choices and spiritual heedlessness, he found himself in federal prison for a non-violent drug crime from 2005-2016. It was in prison that Abdul-Zahir made the transformative ‘Tauba’ which Imam Ghazali said everyone needs to make one time in their life. In prison, Abdul-Zahir spent all of his time learning and teaching Aqeedah, Fiqh, Tazkiya, and Arabic which make up the Tayba Foundation educational curriculum.
Upon release, Abdul-Zahir completed an Associates degree in Behavioral Sciences, a Bachelor’s in Arabic Language, and a Master's in Clinical Social Work. He was also commissioned by the Tayba Foundation to write a book to serve as an introduction to Islam and the Tayba study curriculum for Muslims who are incarcerated. This book was completed in late 2017 and is called, ‘Introduction to Islam: with practical examples and advice for incarcerated Muslims’ aka Islam 099.
Currently, Abdul-Zahir is using his Master’s of Social Work working as a therapist and drug counselor, while directing both the national and local re-entry programs for the Tayba Foundation in Southern California where he also serves by delivering khutbas to the local communities and runs a spiritual study group for Tayba students.
See the various projects that operate under MSA's umbrella that provide service to the community or perspective on pertinent issues. Our projects are housed in the UCLA Community Programs Office and UCLA Student Media.
Editor-in-Chief: Rafay Siddiqui
Al-Talib provides an independent perspective on issues important to Muslim communities. Targeting a college-age audience, we seek to create an outlet for activism on and off campus, a platform for representation of all facets of the Muslim-American communities and a safe space for sensitive topics. We believe that this sort of dialogue, no matter how uncomfortable it may be at times, is necessary in order for our community to appreciate and celebrate its diversity.
The Incarcerated Youth Tutorial Project was created with the goal of providing education to historically marginalized communities. In order to achieve this goal, we tutor and mentor high school students of the Boyle Heights community at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School as well as incarcerated youth at Camp Fred Miller. By tutoring them in math, reading, or even career planning, our goal is that the children of these communities graduate high school and find ample job opportunities. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. We would love to have you!
MAPS is dedicated to improve youth education in Los Angeles. MAPS was founded by the MSA at UCLA in 2000 to strengthen educational equity and inter-community activism.
The project takes a proactive, hands-on approach to shaping the futures of at-risk and under-served students in Watts and Downtown Los Angeles. Members of MAPS are on the frontlines of the war on education inequality, mentoring students in everything from college application literacy to gang intervention and drug awareness. Join now and become an agent of Allah’s justice, help the students that have been left behind get ahead!
UVP's mission is to promote the well-being of the underserved by providing access to high-quality healthcare for all, regardless of ability to pay. UVP envisions itself as part of a larger network of institutions addressing the health and well-being of the underserved and indigent, mindful of the cultural, spiritual, social and economic realities that impinge upon them and the traditional barriers to accessing care.
Academic Mentorship and Professional Development
Co-Project Directors: Mohamed Mido
AMPD provides MSA UCLA members services and resources to become stronger muslim leaders in the academic and professional spheres through free textbook loans and study notes, peer and alumni mentorships, pre-professional workshops and internships. Our peer mentorship program pairs incoming students with the upperclassmen and guides them through the Muslim college student experience. Students are further guided towards the profession they are interested in throughinternships, pre-professional workshops and an annual networking event.
The Food Drive Initiative is a student-run community project within in the Muslim Student Association of UCLA that seeks an organized effort with a group of committed and motivated college students to get together and contribute some money once or twice a month throughout the academic quarter, and with these funds, will purchase food items and prepare these items for distribution to less fortunate people around the immediate LA area. Food items include sandwiches, chips, and water. The goal of this project is to organize and unite our efforts into giving back to the community within Los Angeles and have the opportunity to play an integral part in the empowerment of our volunteers within the UCLA community to the greater Los Angeles area. Sign up to volunteer here
The Beautiful Mind Project
Project Director: Autumn Haikal
The Beautiful Mind Project aims to promote well-rounded and intersectional understandings of mental health in the Muslim community, while transcending socio-cultural, political, and physical barriers of stigmatization. BMP seeks to accomplish this goal by utilizing Islamic principles as a source of and inspiration for mental wellness. By providing diverse, accessible resources to the Muslim community here on campus, the Beautiful Mind Project advocates for its members a lifestyle that emphasizes the delicate balance between mental, spiritual, and physical health.
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