Muslim Students' Association Chaplain

About Islam

Much of a word in Arabic can be deduced from its linguistic meaning. The term Islam is derived from the three-letter Arabic root, S (س), L (ل), M (م), which generates words with meanings, including “submission”, “commitment,” “peace”. So an adherent to Islam, or a Muslim, achieves peace with one’s self through wholly submitting to God and accepting His guidance.

A Muslim belives in the existence of God, His angels, His scriptures, His messengers, the Day of Judgement and Predestination.

Prophet Muhammad mentioned the best summary of the core of Islam:

“Islam means that you should bear witness that there is no god but Allah (The One God) and that Muhammad is God's final messenger, that you should perform the ritual prayer, pay the annual charitable donation, fast during the month of Ramadan, and make the pilgrimage to the Ka’bah if you are able to go there."

The term Islam was instituted by the Qur’an, the sacred scripture revealed to Muhammad, the Last and Final Prophet. However, for Muslims, Islam is not a new religion. Rather, it represents the final and comprehensive explanation of God’s Oneness, a theme found in earlier monotheistic religious traditions.

The origins

The term Islam derives from the three-letter Arabic root, S (س)- L (ل)- M (م), which generates words with interrelated meanings, including “surrender”, “submission”, “commitment” and “peace”. Commonly, Islam refers to the monotheistic religion revealed to Muhammad ibn Abdullah between 610 and 632 AD.

​​Prophet Muhammad mentioned the best summary of the core of Islam:

“Islam means that you should bear witness that there is no god but Allah (The One God) and that Muhammad is God's final messenger, that you should perform the ritual prayer, pay the annual charitable donation, fast during the month of Ramadan, and make the pilgrimage to the Ka’bah if you are able to go there."

The name Islam was instituted by the Qur’an, the sacred scripture revealed to Muhammad. For Muslims, Islam is not a new religion. Rather, it represents the last reiteration of the primordial message of God’s Oneness, a theme found in earlier monotheistic religious traditions.

Beyond the faith

Although Islam can be described as a religion, it is viewed by its adherents, which make up a fifth of the world’s population, in much broader terms. Beyond belief in specific doctrines and performance of important ritual acts, Islam is practiced as a complete and natural way of life, designed to bring God into the center of one’s consciousness and life. In essence, Islam is a world view centered around belief in the One God and commitment to His commandments.

About Shaheer Muhammad

Muslim Chaplain, Shaheer Muhammad

Shaheer Muhammad, the Muslim Students’ Association Chaplain, is a long-time UBC resident and the owner of Willowbrook Pharmacy. His interest in combining health care and entrepreneurship has led him to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from UBC. He previously obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Business Administration from UBC and Thompson Rivers University.

Shaheer believes that success in life is an outcome achieved through faith-centred service. He has participated in community building and youth empowerment through his role with the Canadian Muslim Chaplaincy organization. He has organized numerous community events, established mentorship programs and shared Islamic Knowledge for over ten years.

Shaheer has been a long-time executive member of the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) throughout his university life and has served as MSA president at both UBC and Thompson Rivers University. He is currently a board member of the White Rock Muslim Association.

In his spare time, Shaheer enjoys looking for pristine bodies of water for boating and underrated eateries to review. He hopes to publicize a travel vlog channel and fulfill his dream of running a cafe.

If you would like to speak to Shaheer about an academic, personal or faith-related matter, you are more than welcome to email him at shaheer.mu@gmail.com or find him on Instagram.

Services and events

A variety of events take place every week and throughout the year including daily or Friday congregational prayer services, knowledge circles, awareness initiatives and recreational and social events. The best way to stay up to date is by following the Muslim Students’ Association’s socials and subscribing to the Mailing List.

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