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MSA award aims to counter student apathy

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Nominations have opened for the Muslim Student Association Union’s (MSA) annual Yusuf Talia al-Ihsaan Award, which aims to recognise the sterling work and efforts of young Muslims towards contributing towards South African society.

2015 marks the fifth year of the awards existence, which has this year been renamed to honour late MSA president, Yusuf Talia who played an integral role in the formation and growth of the union.

President of MSA Union, Nadeem Mahomed said the union felt a need to recognise and identify youth who are doing great things within their respective communities. Mahomed was elected in May 2015, following on from Talia’s term in office.

“In order to get our youth and or members interest in that we felt we had to have some sort of prize and recognition for their efforts,” he noted.

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The award is judged on leadership capabilities, academic successes, humanitarian involvement, spirituality and a number of other key contributing factors.

Mahomed said the student body in South Africa was largely apathetic to the country’s problems, which was why the MSA were keen to spur more involvement within the community.

“It’s really an effort from the MSA to get our youth more involved. We saw this year a student uprising that really took unity amongst students and we want our Muslim youth to be involved in that specifically.

“We are not looking for revolutionaries, not everyone can be, but in the smallest way possible we need to start making a change where we live and study,” he stated.

The criteria is limited to being under the age of 30, as well as having some level of societal involvement.

Nominations can be made via the following link: VOC (Mubeen Banderker)

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