History about MSA
The Stony Brook Muslim Students Association began as a small group, all trying to balance college life with the deen. The students involved were few in number, but the community bond that we have today was as strong as ever. In 1992, this small group became an official, USG-recognized club. What had begun as iftaars in the basement of Humanities turned into what you see today. Each year brought something special to the organization. The Student Union became its home, a one-stop shop for any MSA member on campus. With the prayer room, wudhu stations, halal food, and Jumuah prayer on Fridays, the Union was the home of SBUMSA until December 2016. From 1992-2016, the organization grew exponentially. Each year brought in new passionate students and even the ones that graduated never forgot what they left behind. Today, the MSA holds numerous events throughout the year for 150+ people such as the Fast-A-Thon, Scarves for Solidarity, and more. None of it would have been possible without the work of each and every member since its very beginning. Whether it be event planning or even helping with event setup or prayer room cleanup, each person contributed something invaluable. Today, SBU MSA has a new home at the Melville Library but the legacy left by those before will remain for generations to come insha’Allah.
Our Chaplain Sister Sanaa
Chaplain Sanaa Nadim, or Sister Sanaa, serves as the Muslim Chaplain for Stony Brook University’s Interfaith Center. She graduated at the top of her class from Baruch College and became one of the first female foreign exchange traders on Park Avenue. She worked in the private sector for several years until she moved herself and her family to Long Island, where at Stony Brook University she became the first female Chaplain of any Muslim Student Association in the country. Chaplain Nadim built a name for Muslims across Long Island and de-fogged the confusion behind the faith’s beliefs. Chaplain Nadim currently sits on the advisory board for public television and represents herself and the Muslim community to Congress on Capitol Hill annually.
Chaplain Nadim absolutely loves her job at Stony Brook University, particularly because of the phenomenally warm atmosphere amongst her colleagues and the understanding of the importance of a community. She built the Stony Brook Muslim Student Association and works tirelessly for its constructive growth, which was reflected by an American interfaith survey that noted Stony Brook University as having the largest Muslim Student Association in the nation. Chaplain Nadim has dedicated her life to the public service and her current agenda involves working with different religious and cultural organizations to continue building bridges among different faith groups. These are only a few of Chaplain Nadim’s remarkable accomplishments that represent her endowed dedication to serving the public.