As Salamu Alaikum,
sorry about the quiet on this Blog over the past 5 or so days. I haven’t been able to find time first on Friday then on Saturday and once you haven’t done something once, that still hasn’t become habit, it’s easy to slip up and so I did.
So the initial reason for my missing out Fridays post was my preparation for the Federation Of Students Islamic Societies Winter Council on Saturday 14th, which I attended as a Braduni ISOC delegate. This years FWC took place at the University of Nottingham, last years FWC in windy Brighton was my first time attending any FOSIS event.
My fellow delegate and good friend A. didn’t have anywhere to stay and we didn’t know whether FOSIS organised any accommodation or not, so he stayed at mine. Arriving in Nottingham at around 10pm and at home about 11pm we went to bed, anticipating a hard day to come.
At 6:10am we made our way to my local mosque to pray Fajr, A. noticed a brother that he had the feeling he met before. We decided to ask whether there were some delegates from other Unis at the mosque, to our surprise we found them (around 30 people) camping upstairs. We said Salam, and heard that they’d eat breakfast together and leave for the Conference at 8am sharp so we went back to get ready.
We arrived back about ten minutes late, after discovering we forgot our tickets at mine, through the grace of Allah, A. managed to secure transport while I went back to get them. The brother who offered it is a good friend of mine alhamdulillah, on the way we caught up a bit. He gave us the advice to use our time that we have wisely, before we get tied up in work, marriage etc. he mashaAllah recently, well a few months back, became father.
Arriving we socialised with the other delegates, I talked at length with a brother from London and a brother from Manchester about different issues, inc. the recent segregation at Universities debates in the media. Just that morning I heard that Universities UK retracted their Guidance, that was news to them.
Muslim standard time is at least 15 minutes late. Well we started at 12am, as opposed to 11:30am with a Reminder, which in short reminded us to be involved and dedicated in and to Islam. It was based on the hadith below:
The Prophet ﷺ said:
There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but he says: ‘I fear Allah’, a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.
Focusing on a youth who grows up worshiping Allah swt. he referenced Muhammad Al-Fatih who was 18 when his father stepped down as Sultan. Muhammad Al-Fatih who was mentioned in the Hadith of the Prophet saw. being the one who conquered Constantinople.
After the Reminder the Council started in earnest with the Accountability session, where we could hold the different FOSIS officials to account on what they’ve done or neglected to do over the last year. Starting with the President Omar Ali over to the Head of Marketing at which point the first of the procedural motions came in.
These are motions to do with the changing of the set-up of the day, which we as delegates could then vote on after a speach of for and against. This motion was to break from the Accountability session and the session to do with Constitutional Motions be moved forward. This motion passed and so no one was to be let out or in as the number of ISOCs were counted to see if we have quorum. We were missing one ISOC…
Throughout the day different Procedural Motions came in were voted on, passed or failed until we had a Procedural motion to end all Procedural Motions for the day which failed and a Procedural Motion to break for Maghrib as we were straining for time. This one obviously didn’t need a voting…
Out of the around 25 Motions that were to be voted on, we managed to look at 3 Motions. One was quite controversial as only a handful of people would have been able to read the whole document of 9 pages. We were voting on something we didn’t know anything about, something there seemed to be an internal conflict about it, that we not being involved couldn’t make out which side was the best for our ISOCs and FOSIS as a whole.
The Council was tiring, there were a few people that just turned off and fell asleep. This is real student politics, and even though I’m interested in it I’m not sure I could deal with it on a weekly basis. As Omar Ali I think said, you might have to be quite sadistic to enjoy it.
In the end the thing I loved most was the brotherhood, meeting people from up and down the Country from at least 40 different ISOCs from as far as North Ireland and Brighton (Hoove actually 😉 ). Yes, at times it got very heated a brother accusing another, by name of dodging accountability (who mashaAllah publicly apologised for that) and a sister very vocal about the, out of her view, quietness of FOSIS on certain issues.
All in all the day was fun, going to miss it if I’m not going to be in England next year.