President's Address at Annual General Meeting

Held on 1st of October

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
“My Lord, expand for me my chest [with assurance] and ease for me my task and untie the knot from my tongue so that
they may understand my speech.”

We come together today on a blessed Friday to close the association’s year and start a new breath of life. However
before that, let’s take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come as an association this year.

Let's all ask the question: why does the MSA do work, and who is it for? The reason why we struggle between our
responsibilities and MSA activities is for our religion and our community. We do it so Muslims like me and you, no
matter how religious, feel like we are part of one family. We come from a plethora of backgrounds, races,
ethnicities, and we all want to feel accepted, understood, seen and heard. We as the MSA take the rough path so all
lives of Muslims become easier, happier, and more fulfilled. May Allah accept our sacrifices.

Our biggest mission as Muslims is to invite our contemporaries to come to know of Allah and worship him as the One and
Only god. Allah says in Al-Baqarah verse 21 O mankind, serve your Lord Who created you and those before you, so that
you may guard against evil. This is part of our mission, and we expect rewards only from Him in this life and the

I am honoured and humbled to be part of such an amazing organisation, committee, and community. Every single person
that I have come across throughout my journey has helped me grow in one way or another and I hope that the people who
are attending today’s AGM have also been touched in one way or another.
We have achieved so much this year. A new team, the MSA Creative team headed by Zahina Shah, saw a gap in the
representation of CALD groups in the creative scene and innovated an amazing initiative. We had our biggest ever
Community Iftar in history with the largest attendance ever recorded. We started up weekly dawah stalls that broke
down stereotypes, answered questions and increased our presence on campus. We had our first ever Career Expo to
fill the gap that Muslims face when entering the workforce. We have our amazing postgraduate students who
hold religious discussions monthly, tackling difficult issues such as secularism, feminism and so much more. The
Women's Gala that started only last year for the first time will also be making a comeback at the end of
this year. This is only some of the achievements that this team has managed to accomplish.
If you’re not convinced by how amazing this team is already, all you have to do is attend any one of our events and
see how passionate we are to bringing change and initiating new policies for Muslim students on campus. However, none
of this would become possible without the support and participation that we receive from fellow students and the
larger community in Perth.

With that I would like to say that this has been an amazing year. May Allah accept all of our sacrifices and Insyallah
next year becomes an even better one by Allah’s grace.

Amira Nunn
2021 President of UWA Muslim Student’s Association