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Contents

Welcome 3

Prayer Facilities 4

Prayer Room: Rules and Regulations 5

Education and Da’wa 6

Charity 7

Events 8

Mentoring 10

The Committee 11

Who’s Who in the World of LSE ISoc? 12

A Day in the Life of A Random ISoc Brother… 14

The Students Union 15

Now the Important Stuff – FOOD! 16

Contact Us, Join Us! 19


Welcome
Assalamu Alaikum - Peace be upon you all!

WELCOME
to the LSE Student Union Islamic Society!
(More commonly known as ISoc)

The award winning LSESU Islamic Society is one of the most active and
diverse societies. We offer a wide variety of services for Muslims and Non-
Muslims; from talks, socials and sports, to interfaith and charity events as
well as mentoring and spiritual activities. An opportunity is provided to gain
a greater knowledge and understanding on this much-discussed global
faith.

A Voice – Working For You


ISoc also aims to be the voice for the Muslim community of LSE. We work
closely with the Students Union and the School to ensure and that your
needs are met - whether they be prayer facilities, Halal food or that your
opinions are represented on the issues that matter to you.

We also strive to provide support to our members by facilitating a forum


whereby we can all engage with the teachings of Islam.

Our Members
Approximately 250 LSE Students sign up every year to be ISoc members and
we maintain strong ties to our alumni who often visit. Our international and
diverse membership means you will never be short of interesting friends!

Open
We operate an open-door policy with our facilities and activities regardless
of faith or non-faith.

So what are you waiting for…?

Come along - see what we are about for yourself!


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Prayer Facilities

Where are the prayer rooms? With an extensive library of Islamic literature
and academic books, as well as a CD collection
The prayer rooms are located in the basement available for members’ usage, the PR is also an
of Lincoln’s Inn Chambers, across the street ideal place for personal study and reflection.
from the Library entrance. The brother’s prayer
room is L08 and the sister’s is L09 (don’t worry, The PR also plays host to the weekly circles,
there are plenty of signs to direct you- Qur’an classes, as well as Iftar meals and the
otherwise, there are plenty of friendly ISocers Tarawih Prayers during Ramadan. The notice
wondering around campus, who would only be boards in each of the rooms will help keep you
too happy to help!). informed about upcoming events in ISoc and on
campus.
Where can I do wudhu’ (ablution)?
People give me strange looks when I wash What about Jum’a (the Friday prayer)?
my feet in the Library bathrooms.
The Friday prayer is held in the LSE Badminton
There are separate ablution facilities for both Court (basement of Old Building) every Friday at
brothers and sisters- waterproof sandals 1.15pm. Brothers and sisters are all welcome to
included! offer their Friday prayers together.

What are the prayer rooms like? Mosques close by include…


Student prayer rooms are always small and London Central Mosque, a short walk from
dingy! Baker Street Underground Station.
East London Mosque between Whitechapel and
The prayer rooms (or PR for short), as you will Aldgate East stations, as well as
soon discover, are the hub of the ISoc. Newly The Muslim World League near Goodge St
refurbished, they are spacious, clean and Station.
peaceful, and often double up as a common
room or study area. Come down and have a
look for yourself - it’s a great way to meet
other ISocers!
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Prayer Room: Rules and Regulations

Wait… “Rules?!”… Booooooring!


7. Shoes - go on the shoe racks.
Okay, so being dictated a set of rules may seem Simple
tyrannical, but we assure you, you’ll see the as – no compromises!
need as you begin to spend more time in the PR
- it is the place to be. Where else could you 8. Wudhu’ (ablution) area – Mop up
sink into a pile of cushions whilst reading up after yourself, the floor can get very
on Islamic history or the latest copy of The wet after heavy usage.
Beaver ?
9. Door codes – Memorize them. They
Only 10 Golden Rules. So pretty please…. are written in the PRs, or contact us.

1. BE QUIET WHEN SOMEONE IS 10. Security - The L Building main


PRAYING! – That includes being quite in entrance shuts at 6pm, after which
the corridor too. When others forget time you can only get in with a
kindly remind each other. The PR is first validated card. Ask the security desk
and foremost a prayer room. in the LSE main building reception for
this. The PR is also used by office
2. Rota – Maintaining the rooms is a workers and non-students. Please
collective responsibility. Please find sign stay vigilant and report anything
up sheets in the PR, we would like suspicious to LSE Estates / Security.
weekly volunteers to hoover and tidy up
the shelves. Easy! The PR is the heart of the Muslim
community at LSE - let’s treat it with
3. Storage - Leaving something for a few RESPECT!
hours is fine, but any longer and the
room looks cluttered. Items will be 'Surely God loves those who repent and He
removed if they are left lying around for loves those who are always clean and
too long. (If you need to store pure.'
something important, please contact - (2:222)
us).

4. Food - Providing no mess is left behind,


you are allowed to snack in the PRs.
Hoorah! But if we feel too much mess is
being made, we will ban food in the PR.
No one wants to make sujood
(prostration) on crumbs! (Brothers have
banned food completely).

5. Rubbish/Recycling - Always ensure


you take your rubbish with you. Waste
and recycling bins at the foot of the
stairs leave no excuse for not throwing
rubbish away on your way out.

6. Saving electricity - If you are the last


one out please switch off all plugs,
switch off all lights and make sure the
door is locked.
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Education and Da’wa

Circles and Tarbiyyah

Seeking knowledge is a duty upon all Muslims,


so here at the LSE ISoc we encourage our
members to seek knowledge, teach and learn
from each other. Weekly brothers’ and sisters’
circles and the weekly tarbiyyah circle provide a
vehicle where the practices and principles of
Islam are taught and discussed in a welcoming,
friendly and understanding environment.

Tarbiyyah is held every week in the brother’s


prayer room, and both brothers and sisters are
welcome. If you’re lucky, you might get to
sample one of our ‘Tarbiyyah Breakfasts’- hot,
home cooked breakfasts courtesy of our
generous attendees! Some of the famous ones
included the American Breakfast, a Somali
Breakfast and a Bengali Breakfast to name but
few- mmmm.

Tarbiyyah circles are presented by fellow


undergraduate and postgraduate students who
have researched their topics thoroughly, taking
turns in leading topics which they find
particularly interesting. Circles are often given
by qualified students and they are posted up
on the
ISoc website so that people can consolidate
Da’wa
their notes or catch up on missed lessons.
As part of our aim to increase awareness about
the teachings of Islam and to help others gain a
greater understanding of Muslims, we host a
twice-weekly Da’wa (Outreach) Stall on
Houghton Street. As well as providing
introductory literature and free Qur’ans, the
Da’wa Stall aims to encourage dialogue between
Muslims and non-Muslims, and creates a means
through which we can answer people’s
questions regarding Islam.

In recent months, the Da’wa Stall has become


increasingly popular- almost legendary- for the
delicious coffee and free food we offer to our
patrons! So make sure you get there before it all
runs out!
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Charity

Giving sadaqah or charity is one of the most Bissau Mosque Appeal: £1197.46
important teachings in Islam and we at the ISoc
ensure that this is a priority. The majority of our Darfur [Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid]: £696.68
fundraising occurs during the Friday prayers, so
make sure you have your wallet with you! Myanmar Cyclone [Muslim Aid]: £998.05

However, we often have themed Charity Weeks- Bangladesh Flood Appeal [Oxfam, Muslim Aid]:
from our Build A Well Campaign, to taking part in £991.91
ULU Isoc Charity Week, and the LSE SU RAG
(Raising and Giving) Week, as well as hosting Chechnya [Medical Aid and Relief for the Children
charity auctions at some of our bigger events. of Chechnya]: £775.15

Some of last year’s campaigns:


Pakistan Orphan Appeal [Muslim Aid]: £459.48
ULU ISoc Charity Week for Orphans around the
Bosnia Appeal [Muslim Aid]: £366.75
World [Islamic Relief]: £11,583.81
HIV/AIDS Million Penny Drive: £330.09
Gaza Appeal [Medical Aid for Palestinians]:
£1724.85 Show Box Appeal [Great Ormond St Hospital]:
£200
RAG WEEK [Joint fundraising with JSoc and
Christian Union]: £300 approx

Weekly Juma’ah Bucket collections

Grand Total - £27,076.69

ALHAMDULILLAH! (All praises be to


God)

Campaigns in previous years include:

Build A Well Campaign [Two wells in Cambodia


and Somalia; Muslim Aid]: £1749.06

Sponsor a Child [Jiborah Bicycle Campaign]:


£1248.07

Palestine Appeal [Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid,


Interpal, Medical Aid for Palestine]: £1845.77

Iraq Appeal [Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid]: £1540.96

Somalia Appeal [Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid,


Somalia SABAR Project, Hiran Community Project]: ‘Build a Well Campaign’
£1435.61
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Events

The Islamic Society is one of the most active Some of our previous speakers have
societies on campus. Our committee and members included:
work tirelessly throughout the year to bring you a
range of events.
- Prof. Tariq Ramadan
Some of the highlights from last year’s events; - Prof. Norman Finklestein
- Rageh Omar
Annual Dinner – 110 ISocers dressed up to - Sarah Joseph
celebrate the end of another amazing ISoc - AbdurRahman Malik
year. A talk by Jamal Badawi, lively charity - Luqman Ali
auction and delicious Asian food made this a - Peter Sanders
night to remember! - Mizan Raja
- Imam Ajmal Masroor
‘The World Banking System in Disarray: - Dr. Jesser Auda
What does Islam have to say?’ – Beautiful - Zahid Abu Ghudda
Quranic recitation opened the packed event - Moez Masud
where Tarek El Diwany discussed the - Tarek El Diwany
alternative to the capitalist system that - Jamal Badawi
contributed to the economic crisis we are - Dr. Usama Hasan
now facing. - Dr. Kemal Helbawy
- Dr. Umar Abdullah
‘Soul Crunch’- Moez Masud talked to a fully - Shaykh Idris Tawfiq
packed audience about how building the - Shaykh Haitham Al-Haddad
right relationships can help you survive in - Shaykh Hasan Ali
troubled times. - Shaykh Hasan Al-Banna
- Shaykh Muhammad Al-Shareef
‘Discover Islam Week’- This annual week - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
long event is an opportunity for non Muslims
and Muslims alike to find out more on Islam.
This years DIW featured talks on
contemporary Islam, calligraphy classes, a
mosque trip, hajj exhibition and a balloon
launch phew!!

Tarek el Diwany,
‘The World Banking system in Disarray’ Balloon launch- Discover Islam Week
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Events (cont.)

Joint Events

We also do a variety of joint events with other


societies and SU themed weeks, whether they
be interfaith events with the Christian Union or
Jewish Society, or our recent ‘Islam and the
Environment – Faith in the Planet?’ event as
part of the SU Environment and Ethics week.

Socials

But it’s not all work and no play - even Muslims


like to relax with friends now and again! The
ISoc hosts some great social events, from
dinners and paintballing to Pro-Evo
tournaments and outdoor ice skating at
Somerset House.

Upcoming Events

The year begins with our own Al-Freshers


Week, where you’ll have ample Meet ‘N’
Greets. Our Al-freshers Welcome Dinner is
certainly not to be missed – just check your
weekly ISoc email for details. And be sure to Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Toronto, Canada),
come to our AGM so you can vote for your new
‘Spiritual Awakening’
committee!

Needless to say, as a member of the ISoc you


will always find something interesting to get
involved in for the whole year!

Prof. Tariq Ramadan


(Oxford University),
‘Muhammad: The
Greatest Leader’
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Mentoring

"Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allah will make a path to paradise easy for
him”
[Muslim]

Being at one of the best academic institutions in the world is a blessing from Allah that requires us
to be thankful and to make good use of this blessing - by excellence and hard work.

The ISoc mentoring scheme is here to help you fulfil your potential at LSE, by giving a ‘heads up’ on
the road ahead of your next 3 years here. We help you do your best by providing the information
and advice that you might otherwise not have had - and motivating you along the way too!

What we offer: 3) Mentoring Reminder E-mails


1) Mentoring Sessions Whether they be motivational reminder emails
or humorous ones, these are sent to all Mentors
Whether regular weekly sessions or whenever and Mentees to keep them going throughout
the Mentee requests them, these sessions are the year.
given by experienced Mentors, to help, guide
and motivate the Mentee throughout the year 4) An Opportunity
on their degree.
To make new friends on your course from all
They are usually based on topics that the years as well as the chance to gain advice and
Mentee requests and therefore offer a level of support, which will inshaAllah help you have a
flexibility. stable and enjoyable year!

2) Mentoring Events SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXCEL AT LSE!

Last year we had… Join now by emailing su.soc.islamic@lse.ac.uk


with your name, year, degree and modules to
Crash Course in IT – Doesn’t turn you into be studied.
a computer geek but does what it says on
the tin. Essential for every student wanting
to survive LSE – where everything runs by
e-mail and computer.

How To Write Good Essays – Does what it


says on the tin (de ja vu?)

The Buzan Et. Al Method Of Study – So


much to do, so little time…how do we
become efficient and studious? What is the
most effective way of studying? This event
reveals all.
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The Committee

Headed by the ‘Executive Committee’, the ISoc Treasurer: A true professional, the treasurer
Committee is the engine that keeps the society finds creative ways to fund ISoc adventures and
moving. charity projects. He/she is most often found
repeating the phrase, ‘No, we can’t possibly
The ISoc Exec, elected at the AGM, steers the afford that’, but has been known to put
society and are responsible for maintaining the together an Eid dinner on a shoe-string.
administrative side of the society.
Head Sister: The role of the Head Sister is to
Who does what? maintain the sisters’ prayer room, organize the
weekly sisters’ circles and socials and ensure
President: The big cheese. If you manage to that the sisters’ needs are met!
track him down he should be busy steering the
ISoc ship, as he’s responsible for the overall The rest of the Committee
running of the society.
The Committee includes other important posts
General Secretary: The Gen. Sec is the brains (see diagram below).
behind this operation. Duties include managing
the day-to-day running of the ISoc, dealing We hold weekly Committee meetings where we
with all emails and keeping the other discuss our direction and events and ISoc
Committee members on the straight and members are welcome and encouraged to make
narrow. suggestions to the committee.
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Who’s who in the World of


LSE ISoc?

The Brothers
nd nd
Talha Ghannam, 2 Year, Maths and Economics Sarwar Zaman, 2 Year, Law
The Don - It’s the ISoc’s very own Mr. T Whether The Joker - The funniest guy in the ISoc. Period.
it’s shooting a few hoops, attending NUS Don’t mess with this guy – he’s got a black-belt in
conferences or being snapped up for interviews on sending people into hysterics (just ask that brother
BBC News and Radio 4, you can bet this brother who ended up hospitalised last year.) Fondly
does just about everything… and he still finds the remembered from last year’s Annual Charity Dinner
time to watch The Apprentice. as ‘The Auctioneer to end all auctioneers’, this guy
t.a.ghannam@lse.ac.uk should seriously consider auditioning for Bargain
Hunt. s.zaman1@lse.ac.uk
nd
Masood Ullah, 2 Year, Law
rd
The Mullah - If you think you’re sociable, think again. Adam Mustapha, 3 Year, Economics
You don’t even know the meaning of the word till The Malaysian Don - A.k.a. Mr Ex-Treasurer, a.k.a.
you’ve met this brother. Tired? Uni stress getting to Mr Ex-ex-Annual-Dinner-Head ak.a ISoc veteran.
you? Well, fear not for he is the bro who teaches Legendary status within the ISoc for being one of
others how to chill, single-handedly preserving the the many with an incredible Qur’an recitation, some
brotherhood. (Warning: side-effects of extensive first years accidentally passed out when he spoke to
chilling include a severe reluctance to return to them for the first time. If you’re nice, he might even
lectures and an overwhelming urge to stop at get his housemates to cook up some irresistible
Chicken Cottage every time you pass.) Malaysian cuisine. Our advice: be nice.
m.ullah@lse.ac.uk a.e.mustapha@lse.ac.uk
nd rd
Imran Khan, 2 Year, Economics Sayed Khan, 3 Year, Sociology
The Prince - The guy who finds it impossible to tell a The Sage - Was considered for the main role in the
good joke, but tries his best anyway. Often cited for next Superman movie, but was deemed to be too
being excessively posh, he refuses to eat anything cool for the part. Revered for his seemingly limitless
unless presented with a 10-piece cutlery set. Also array of talents, ranging from designing state-of-the-
known for his tendency to take forever when art posters to bringing in world-famous speakers,
choosing from a menu, you’d never guess he was this Jack-of-all-Trades seems to never run out of
charged with co-heading the Annual Dinner last steam. s.a.khan1@lse.ac.uk
year. Apparently knows tae-kwon-do but has never
rd
known how to use it. i.a.khan1@lse.ac.uk Usman Qureshi, 3 Year, Maths and Economics
The Brainbox - If Einstein was around, let’s just say
Dilwar Islam, Accounting and Finance he’d have some serious competition. Renowned for
The Beefcake - Owner of the most sought-after his unparalleled mathematical abilities which were
beard in the ISoc. Nothing gets this guy down. Why? shared when he was mentoring ISocers, he can
Because he’s a machine, waking up at the early compute a restaurant bill faster than you can say ‘I
hours of the morning putting up posters and setting never ordered a moose!’ On top of that, his
up stalls. And if you’re fortunate enough to see that mentoring expertise is unrivalled – you know you’re
academy-award-winning grin, you’ll agree that covered when Usman Q’s in the house.
Colgate ads really have been missing out. m.u.qureshi@lse.ac.uk
d.islam@lse.ac.uk
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Who’s who in the World of


LSE ISoc?

The Sisters
rd nd
Shaheena Baig, 3 Year, Accounting and Finance Sultana Zesmin, 2 yr, Sociology
Continuing the cherished historical presence of Sultana, another fellow Charity team member is just
South London ISocers, Shaheena’s first ISoc year as hardworking and persistent. If you ever need a
was spent in the Annual Dinner Team and her spiritual perk me up or even just a friendly face-
impressive organisational skills have enabled her to Sultana is the one to look out for. Quiet and reflective
fulfil her Gen Sec role during her second year. she may be, but when Dawa Stall duty calls she’s
Although now retiring to the ISoc Retirement home ready to talk!
other wise known as the PR or the library, she is still s.zesmin@lse.ac.uk
a friendly face when you need one.
nd
s.n.baig@lse.ac.uk Tasnim Begum, 2 year Social Policy with
Government
rd
Shahima Begum, 3 Year, Economic History This sister is guaranteed to have read all the books-
Hard-working with a big heart - last year Shahima from Plato to Rawls, so if you are ever in need of a
helped to raise thousands of pounds for various quick history/ politics lesson recap, Tasnim is almost
charitable causes as Head of Charity. This sister’s always on campus…or the PR. Intelligent and
determination and passion enabled charities to opinionated – you don’t want to mess with this girl!
receive some big bucks (Alhamdulillah), while also Tasnim’s ISoc work from Charity to Events also
serving as great qualities to cheer a person up! makes her an invaluable ISoc member and ISoc
s.begum4@lse.ac.uk jewel.
t.begum@lse.ac.uk
nd
Mubbien Hayat, 2 year Social Policy
nd
Rumoured to be a future Political Head honcho, this Soraya Zahid, 2 yr, Government
girl is nothing of the stereotypical sort - rather she is One of the rare West Londoners in the ISoc family,
honest and clear. Mubbien spent her first year on the from the outset Soraya has coped fantastically well
Annual Dinner team, writing out the minutes. If that with the pressure of LSE as within her first couple of
was not enough, she is also on the C & S weeks she found herself being giving the esteemed
(Constitution and Steering) Committee and a task of co-chairing the AD team. If ever advice is
member of the Beaver Marketing team. So if you required about performing under pressure then
ever need any SU political know how or just a nice Soraya no doubt will be able to give you a word or
chat, look no further than Miss Hayat. probably even three of invaluable and practical
m.s.hayat@lse.ac.uk advice.
s.zahid1@lse.ac.uk
Farah Hossain, Economics
This Mancunian is one of the most approachable
people you can meet and be sure to find Farah
concentrating away over figures and curves.
Genuine, friendly and sociable when she is not
intellectually stimulating her mind, you will find her
counting out the bucks from the Friday Jum’a
collection and therefore fully engaging in numbers
once again.
f.n.hossain@lse.ac.uk
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A Day in the Life of a Random


ISoc Brother …
So by now you know how busy the ISoc is. So what which provided perfect opportunity for the
is life really like for a Muslim student on campus? speaker to talk some sense into all of us. He
talked about the importance of thanking God for
Dear Diary, our immense blessings and His love for us. That
Pussycat Dolls album is definitely in the bin now…
What a crazy day. It began rather heck, maybe next week I’ll burn my Spice Girls
unceremoniously, with my face immersed in the poster too…
armpit of a middle-aged man for the greater part
of the morning rush hour tube journey to After prayers, it was time for lunch- perfect
Holborn- rats, that certainly spoilt my appetite for timing, as my stomach was on the verge of
Tarbiyyah breakfast. And today was Belgian consuming itself. Some of the guys suggested the
Waffles too! Halal food in the Brunch Bowl, or the huge
portions available in the Underground Bar. But in
As I was already late to Tarbiyyah, I tried to cause reality, there was only ever going to be one
as little distraction as possible when I walked into outcome, and that was Chicken Cottage. The
the brothers prayer room. So, I took a seat at the greasiest, yet tastiest food in town, and all within
first empty space I could find. Excellent- subtle as a five-minute walk from campus. Who could ask
a ninja! for more?

Unfortunately, the group of sisters next to me As we made our way there, we passed the ISoc
seemed to feel that this position was not exactly da’wa and charity stalls, set up on their usual
appropriate, and I was forced to scurry off into the place on Houghton Street. They’re a bit hard to
far corner of the prayer room while trying to miss, seeing as they’re nearly always surrounded
ignore the not-so-repressed snickers of everyone by vast numbers of pashmina-clad Muslim girls.
else. The lecture actually proved to be very useful. They seem to be pulling in a good crowd- no
We learnt about the importance of supplication surprises there, since we’ve become one of the
and of the five daily prayers. In fact, I might be most active societies on campus, and not to
one step closer to throwing out my copy of the mention in the Student Union.
Pussycat Dolls’ new album.
Chicken Cottage was par excellence, which is
A class and a hand cramp later, I was relieved to nothing out of the ordinary. The fifteen guys in
be able to meet my Mentor Ziyaad – I mean, things the small space behind the counter might not
were simple in the first week then it all went have a Michelin Star between them, or a Visa for
downhill! Sure, Ziyaad won’t ever give me the that matter, but they have my respect.
answers, but he has some damn good advice -
over one heck of a cup of coffee too! On my way out I managed to have a short
encounter with a gaggle of glammed up girls on
Then it was already time for Friday Jumu’ah their way to Fresh. My mate Johnny is with them,
prayers. This meant anarchy in the prayer room and calls me over. He asks if I want to go with
area, with about a million people wanting to do them- d’oh! How can I get out of this one? I’ve
ablution at the same time, whilst dozens of prayer always managed to squeeze my way out of it
mats are being transported to the badminton using the general excuses: ‘I’m allergic to sweat’
courts and soon enough I’m given the task of or ‘I have severe lactose intolerance which
carrying two huge prayer mat rolls. I attempted to accumulates and manifests itself specifically on
maintain a graceful yet masculine aura, yet Friday nights’. Yeah I think I’ve been pretty
somehow ended up striking an innocent bystander tactful. One of these days I’ll get around to telling
to the ground. Oops. I turned around to apologies, him about the evils of alcohol. Or maybe I’ll just
only to realize that it was only Omar, the ISoc direct him towards the Da’wa stall.
President! He didn’t
look too happy, but he’s probably still annoyed Now I’m sitting outside the library, and all I have
about his sore loss in the Pro Evo Competition last lined up for the weekend was the weekly
week. shopping and laundry chores back in my halls.
Then again, I hear the ISoc are planning a
The badminton court was packed to the brim, paintballing trip…muahaha- Omar, watch out!
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The Student Union

The ISoc is one of the societies that make up employed full time for a year to run the Union
the larger Student Union (SU) body. The SU is a on a day-to-day basis. Committee members
fully democratic institution aimed at are elected in week five of the Michaelmas
representing and advancing students’ interests, term. All representatives are either current or
welfare and social life. If you want to get former students, and some of the
involved in student life, make changes and representatives that were elected last year were
voice your views, then the SU is where it’s at! either ISoc committee members or highly-active
members of our ISoc.
The SU holds a weekly UGM (Union General
Meeting) where students’ issues are discussed, The Beaver, a free weekly student newspaper, is
changes are proposed through ‘motions’ and also run by the SU. It is produced by a collective
matters are voted on. All LSE students are of students each term, and last year one of our
welcome, and everyone’s vote matters because committee members gained a place on the
this is where SU policies and direction are editorial staff! Copies of the newspaper can be
decided. The UGM takes place at 1pm in the found in the LSE SU reception, on the 4th floor
Old Theatre every Thursday. of the Old Building restaurant, library foyer and
around campus.
The SU is run by four Sabbatical Officers and
ten Executive Officers. Sabbatical Officers are For more information, visit the SU website:
elected each year in the Lent Term. They are www.lsesu.com

‘Voting at the UGM’


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Now the Important
Stuff …

When our forefathers came to setup home in · located on High Holborn, opposite
London, fortunate for you and I, they brought with Sainsbury’s. 10% discount for students! –
them their kebab skewers, clay ovens, woks, spice Just show your LSE ID card.
racks and butter chickens. Today, outside of the · Subway – Along Kingsway. Not Halal but
Muslim World, London offers you the most extensive the tuna or veggie fillings are delicious.
restaurant choice for Halal eating. Since you might · Sticklers - At the bottom end of Kingsway,
want to eat some food whilst at LSE, we’ve complied cross the road and walk briefly along
for you a quick restaurant guide. Aldwych to arrive. Halal samosas, pastries,
biryani and spring rolls- hot, cheap and
KEY (for a main meal and drink) delightfully greasy.
£ = £5ish, ££=£10ish, £££= £10-15ish, · Café Amici - On the opposite side of
££££=£15+ Kingsway to LSE. Not Halal but they serve
great Jacket potatoes and pasta but can be
On campus (all £ or below) a bit pricy at times.
· Wrights Bar - Lovely folks, but watch how · Ola Café and Bistro - Located at the end of
they serve your chips, sometimes they mix Shaftesbury Avenue and around the corner
the utensils. Next to the Old Building main from High Holborn halls. A bit pricier, but
entrance. And Hot Chocolate for 60p – good food.
mmmm. · Sushi Hiroba- Located between LSE and
· Fourth Floor Restaurant – (Previously Holborn station, this place is good for a
known as the Brunch Bowl) - Newly change from the usual. They serve a variety
refurbished, spacious and clean, offers of sushi dishes and hand rolls
some great tasting Halal and veggie options
- 4th floor, Old Building.
· Cafe Pepe - In Clement House (D building),
which serves up great Paninis.
· Quad Cafe - Basement of East Building,
host to good food and a great atmosphere.
And they do a mean Halal Caesar salad, as
well as some great veggie options, and
sushi!
· Garrick – one of the priciest places at LSE.
· Plaza Cafe – Some Halal options and
conveniently outside the library for those
studious postgrads (or undergrads)!

Walking distance from LSE (all £ or below)


· Chicken Cottage –A classic. “One who has
not eaten at the cottage has not lived “. It’s
your regular Halal fried chicken and chips

Two of your Isoc staples: legendry


chicken at the cottage…
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… FOOD!

Restaurants near LSE A bit further out by train…


· Bali Bali (High Holborn/Indonesian,
Edgware Rd - Also called “Little Arabia”, you can
Malaysian) ££
find many Halal Arabic and Persian restaurants.
· Sofra (Covent Garden/ Turkish) £££
It’s a short walk from Marble Arch station, on
· Just Falafs (Covent Garden/Veggie) £
the Central line, and a stone’s throw from the
· Scoop (Covent Garden/Italian Ice-cream) £
lively Oxford Street
· Souk Medina (Covent Garden/ Moroccan)
£££ !CAUTION! Avoid Friday evening
· Al Arez ££  Free baklava, excellent food
disturbing belly dancer
· Patogh ££  Big portions, decent priced
· Chutney Raj (Chancery Lane/Bangladeshi)
Iranian fare
£££
· Al Dar ££
· Melati (Piccadilly Circus/Malaysian) £££
· Beirut Express £ - excellent shawarma and
!STAR! Typical friendly Malaysian service &
always busy!
worth a visit just to see the nice bathroom.
· Abu Zaad - £ - lovely people, Syrian and
· Hair and Tortoise (Russell Sq/ Japanese) £
Moroccan dishes
!STAR! Wonderfully hearty portions
· Restaurant with the green neon lights ££
· Icco (Goodge St/Italian) £  Huge thin crust
- extremely cool interior, includes Egyptian
pizzas for a couple of quid
dishes!
· Tinsel Town (Farringdon/ American Style
Diner) ££  Two words: Oreo Milkshake
Bayswater
· Jerk City (Tottenham Court
· Lagenda (Malaysian) £££  Go eat some
Road/Caribbean) ££
food in Malaysia and then try Legenda, it’s
· Grand Bazaar (Bond St/Turkish) £££
almost as authentic! Buffet, Friday and
Saturday evenings
· Al-Waha (Lebanese) £££
· Alounak (Iranian) £££
· Khans (Indian) £££  Popular restaurant
with top reviews
· Ginger Restaurant (Bagladeshi) £££
· Oscars (Mexican) £££
· Nando’s * see below (Portugese) ££

Ladbroke Grove
· Maramia (Palestinian) ££ ½ It’s
Palestinian. Go give the brother some
business!

Shepherds Bush
· Abu Zaad (Syrian) ££  Some of the best
Arab food and tea in London
· Blue Ocean (Somali) ££  Quality Somali
fare, with even more legendary Somali tea!
· Red Sea (Somali/Yemeni/Eritrean/Ethiopian)
…and ‘Somali Tea’: Try make the ££  Same as above
resident Somali bring some in.
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(and more) FOOD!

London Bridge Some websites which provide a list of halal


· Georgetown (Malaysian) £££ restaurants:
www.Toptable.co.uk
Camden www.Zabihah.com
· Anwar (Indian/ Warren St Station) ££ Cheap www.Londoneating.co.uk
Indian food, popular with students
· Zamzama (Indian/Euston Sq )

Hammersmith The Small Print


· Mehdi (Iranian) £££ · Note on Subway: Various Halal Subways
have also opened shop (Edgware
Knightsbridge Road/Walthamstow...)
· Masgouf ( Iraqi) ££££  Central London, · * = Contact Nandos and their suppliers to
but not a bottle of wine in sight! Excellent find out which branches serve Halal meat.
food and the mint tea will knock you out. · Please note we are in no way suggesting the
· Ishbilia (Lebanese) £££ restaurants themselves are “Halal”, just that
they do serve some Halal meat options
East London - There are lots of Halal Indian · General Note: Always ask beforehand if the
Restaurants and fried chicken shops, and it is meat is Halal. In some of the restaurants
very cheap as well! All you need to do is hop on only a few selected meat dishes on the
the District line at Temple station to menu will be Halal.
Whitechapel or take the Bus No.25 from High · Say Bismillah (In The Name of Allah), and
Holborn. tuck in.

· Brick Lane - Take your pick from a host of


curry houses (Cafe Naz is quite popular) but
our faves are two restaurants a few roads
away from Brick lane...
· Tayyabs (Indian) ££  Arguably some of
the best curry in London, decently priced
· Maida Grill (Turkish) £££  You actually
feel as if you’re in Turkey, before the
secularist fundamentalists came in, and
spacious cubicles for private dining
· Maida (Asian) ££
· Baraka (Indian) £££

Stoke Newington:
· Yum Yum (Tai) ££££  So this place is
nowhere near LSE, but for special occasions,
few restaurants can beat its decor and
cuisine!
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Contact Us, Join Us!

Without your help, the ISoc would not be able to


convey the message of Islam, cater for LSE
Muslims’ needs or be an active contributor to
LSE student life!

How do I get involved?

1) Vote for your representatives at the


AGM.
2) Become a volunteer – join our
volunteers’ mailing list to find out how
you can help - from events and publicity
to da‘wa and charity.
3) Contact any of the ISoc representatives
to make suggestions – we read ALL the
emails we receive!

If you have any ideas or wish to get involved,


please contact: su.soc.islamic@lse.ac.uk

Or have a look at our website, lseisoc.com for


more information about the ISoc, upcoming
events, prayer times and more!

So Join Us!

In joining the Islamic


Society you will be
introduced to many positive
and welcoming people from
all around the world, make
many fulfilling friendships
and learn new and exciting
things, essentially what the
university experience is all
about! So enrich your
student life by joining us!