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CONFERENCE

Bismillah! Announcing this years’ theme…

Turn to Your Lord: Becoming God Conscious in an Unconscious Society

لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ ٱلله
lā ʾilāha ʾillā llāh muḥammadun rasūlu llāh
There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger.

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” (Quran 13:11).

In the Prophetic tradition, building ourselves and building each other started first and foremost with building our relationship with Allah (swt). The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught about Allah’s love and mercy: the Most Gracious, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful, before teaching obedience. Obedience followed naturally after having a strong understanding of who Allah is and loving Him. Due to our inherently imperfect nature, we are made to stumble and fall along the way in order to increase in love for Him. Islam came as a truth to turn our imperfection into tools of worship and obedience. Struggle is the only constant in a believer’s journey to Allah. As humans we have the ability to be as low as the pharaoh, but also reach stations higher than the angels.

“O community of Muslims, roll up your sleeves, for the matter is momentous. Prepare for an imminent journey. Garner provision now as the journey is long. Lighten your loads, for before you is an ascent most steep! Only those traveling lightly shall bear its climb.”
– Prophet Muhammad (saw)

With the current state of the world, it is natural to become distracted by all the noise. It is easy to forget that our relationship with Allah comes first. Building the change we hope to see in the world only comes from building our relationship with our Lord. Anything we do can be an act of worship but only with taqwa, consciousness of Allah, and the right intentions. We often are consumed with thinking about how Allah fits into what we already do, but true taqwa requires us to think about how everything we do aligns with Allah. Allah is the first thought, not the afterthought.

Taqwa or God-consciousness is being mindful of one’s relationship with Allah (swt). Before this can happen, we must learn to love Him. Before we can love Him, we must know Him. And before we can know Him, we must turn to Him.

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  •  1998

    The founding of the Muslim Student Association – West.

  • 2000

    Second Annual Conference at University of California, Santa Cruz

  • 2001

    Third Annual Conference at University of California, Los Angeles

  • 2002

    Fourth Annual Conference at University of California, Davis

  • 2003

    Fifth Annual Conference at University of California, Irvine

  • 2004

    Sixth Annual Conference at University of California, Berkelely

  • 2005

    Seventh Annual Conference at University of Southern California

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    Eighth Annual Conference at University of California, Irvine

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    Ninth Annual Conference at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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    Tenth Annual Conference at San Jose State University

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    Eleventh Annual Conference at University of California, Riverside

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    Twelfth Annual Conference at University of California, Davis

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    Thirteenth Annual Conference at University of California, Los Angeles

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    Fourteenth Annual Conference at University of California, Berkeley

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    Fifteenth Annual Conference at University of California, Santa Barbara

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    Sixteenth Annual Conference at University of California, Davis

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    Seventeenth Annual Conference at University of California, Los Angeles

  • 2016

    Eighteenth Annual Conference at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

  • 2018

    Twentieth Annual Conference at University of California, Berkeley