Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Al Ihsaan Award 2014: Nominations now open!

The Al-Ihsaan Award is presented by the MSA to recognize work being done by Muslim youth. It aims to identify youth that inspire others to become active members of society while at the same time, promoting the idea of change. The award is judged on various levels, including spirituality, leadership, academics, humanitarian involvement as well as their inspiration to others. Nominees must be under 30 years and making a difference in their community or society at large. The name of the award "Al Ihsaan" - gives an indication of what the award aims to identify, acknowledge and encourage in Muslim youth - excellence andgoodness, as is emphasized in the Qur'an "Is the recompense of excellence (in obedience to God) other than excellence?" Surah Ar-Rahman, Verse 60, which is what we as Muslims should be cultivating in every aspect of our lives.

Below is the poster, and here is the link to submit nominations: - nominations are open until the 15th of August 2014, and the winner will be announced at MSA Union's Gala Dinner in September!

Last year's winner was Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh graduated in 2012 with an Honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from UCT. In 2013, he will read for the Mphil in International Relations at the University of Oxford as a recipient of the First Rand Laurie Dipennaar Scholarship. He served as the president of the UCT Students’ Representative Council (SRC) in 2010 and received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for “outstanding contribution to the University”. He interned in the office of the late Congressman Donald M. Payne on the South Africa-Washington internship programme in 2011. In 2013, he was selected as one of the Mail and Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans. He is cofounder of Grow2Lead, a youth leadership training company established in 2008 which has rolled out programs to over 6000 young South Africans, released a hip-hop album in 2006 that was nominated for a KORA All-African music Award, and is a founding member of InkuluFreeHeid: a youth led social movement created to deepen South African democracy. Mashaa Allah!

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