Dear Fellow Scarlet Knights,

 Assalamu alaikum. Rutgers University Muslim Alumni Association (RUMAA) is pleased to announce an update on the organization’s activities.   After a short-term hiatus, a new core team has been identified to move RUMAA forward with some very exciting initiatives. Since the start of this year, Board members were identified and the following positions were filled:
  • Chair: Sofia Iqbal (Pharm ’95)
  • Co-Chair: Yasmin Ramadan (SAS/DRC ’16)
  • Treasurer: Mehvish Amjad (SAS ’12)
  • Secretary: Zahra Khan (SAS/DRC ’16)
  • Member: Rajeh Saadeh (RC ’07)
  • Member: Ali Hussain (CC ’06)

While the board continues to work on creating momentum for the organization, they will also be looking for a few additional members who would be interested in being part of this team (as Board members and/or committee heads).  If you are a Rutgers University alumnus who is looking to be part of this energized, creative team, please reach out to RutgersMAA@gmail.com with a short description of yourself along with your school and year of graduation, a short summary on why you want to be part of the team and what you bring to the table as a candidate.

RUMAA also initiated a campaign to reach out to currently enrolled membership as well as develop relationships with new members to strengthen the network.  The main focus for this initiative is to create visibility to the vast talent pool we harness in our alumni network.  As done by alumni groups from other prestigious universities, there is a strong need for RUMAA to socialize the great things our alumni have done and continue to do in their careers as well as in their communities.  RUMAA would also like to leverage this network to benefit our current students through mentorship and career support activities.  We make up some of the countries brightest and most accomplished graduates and we need to foster a relationship of giving back to our students and also to celebrate alumni success.

Lastly, one of the most critical goals is to maintain strong communication channels with University Alumni Relations representatives by creating a strong identity for RUMAA at the RU Alumni level.  We will be looking for representation on each of the three locations (New Brunswick, Newark and Camden).  Given our current political climate, it is imperative that we show unification of the RU Muslim Alumni as well as start to create a collective Muslim voice at the University by working with the various student associations, Center for Islamic Life at Rugters University (CILRU), Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA), and the University administration.

We look forward to providing you more updates in the near future.  In the interim, if you are a recent or past graduate who has not joined our network or you are not sure if you joined in the past, we invite you to do so now.  Please visit https://goo.gl/forms/Mol4qK1kpM1MvjGC2.

With best regards,

The RUMAA Board

Help Us Feed The Needy!

Buy tickets online NOW! Early Bird discount ends on Thursday, 8/11 @ 11:59pm! ACT NOW!

Young Muslims from all over New Jersey are coming together to raise money for the needy in East Africa.  All net proceeds are donated to Islamic Relief.

The second annual Ramadan for Relief fundraising dinner is co-hosted this year by Islamic Relief (IR-USA) and the Rutgers University Muslim Alumni Association (RUMAA). This year’s event is focused on Feeding the Forgotten.  Money raised will go towards efforts to help those hungry in East Africa.

According to a hadith in Sahih Muslim, The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Wealth does not diminish by giving charity. Allah raises the honor of one who forgives; and one who serves another (displaying humility) seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah will exalt him in ranks.”

Let’s take this opportunity in the blessed month of Ramadan to open our hearts and give sincerely to those who need our help.

Buy tickets online NOW! Early Bird discount ends on Thursday, 8/11 @ 11:59pmACT NOW!

Event Highlights:

  • Lecture by Islam Elfayoumi
  • Silent Auction
  • Culinary Experience featuring four cuisines (Afghan, Indo-Pak, Chinese, & Turkish all included in the ticket price)
  • Inside look at Islamic Relief’s efforts in Africa
  • Taraweeh Prayer
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011
Time: 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Location: Rutgers University Busch Campus Center, 
604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Directions: http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/?id=C70908
Parking: Lot 51 (across from the Busch Campus Center)
FB Event Page: http://on.fb.me/oEnwj3
R4R Website: http://bit.ly/ng2iWI
Tickets: Buy tickets online NOW!  

Early Bird discount ends on Thursday, 8/11 @ 11:59pm! ACT NOW!

RUMAA Reunion Dinner Flyer: JPEG | PDF

Tickets are still available for the RUMAA Reunion Dinner!

Here’s why you can’t afford to miss out on this amazing opportunity … Read the rest of this entry »


Seats are limited, so register today! http://www.ralumni.com/RUMAADinner2011

Date: Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Time: Doors Open at 5:30pm!

Place: Rutgers (College Ave) Student Center, New Brunswick, NJ

 Tickets: $40/adult; $25/child, $75/couple

ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT!  REGISTER NOW!

RUMAA Reunion Dinner Flyer: JPEG | PDF

Please join RUMAA on Saturday, June 18th, 2011, for the First Annual Rutgers University Alumni Association Reunion Dinner! Come back to campus and re-connect with your fellow Muslim Rutgers Alumni! Doors open at 5:30pm, so don’t be late!

As part of our program on June 18th, we will have the Honorable Hany Mawla, Esq. The topic of his speech is entitled, “On Fairness and the Rule of Law in the Arab World: How Rutgers, Its Alumni and their Scholarship Can Play a Vital Role in the Conversation”. Judge Mawla (LC ’95) is the first Muslim American judge appointed to the NJ Superior Court in history. He is currently serving in the Family Division of the Court in Somerset County.

NEW: Babysitting arrangements are being added to the program.  So if you have children, click on the link below to register for the Reunion dinner, and bring your children with you for the Reunion!

We hope to see you all on Saturday, June 18th at the First Annual Rutgers University Alumni Association Reunion Dinner!  Ticket info, event details and registration are available online at —

http://www.ralumni.com/RUMAADinner2011

Register by Friday, 6/10 for the early bird discounted rates. Ticket prices go up starting on Saturday, 6/11, so ACT FAST!

UPDATE: Deadline extended (Wed, 6/8 @ 5:00 PM) for Class of 2011 FREE TICKET entry (details below)

RUMAA would like to wish a special welcome and congratulations to all new graduates of Rutgers (Camden, Newark and New Brunswick)! This is the beginning of a new chapter in your lives.  We would especially like to congratulate all Muslim members of the Rutgers Class of 2011!  We pray that Allah bless you all in your lives and endeavors beyond campus!

While you set out toward new jobs and careers, or toward advancing in your graduate studies, we want you to maintain those connections you have made over the years with your fellow Rutgers brothers and sisters, as well as making new connections among your fellow Muslim Rutgers alumni!

The best way to do that is to join RUMAA today!  It’s easy, it’s quick, and best of all, IT’S 100% FREE! Read the rest of this entry »

NEW: RUMAA Reunion Dinner Flyer: JPEG | PDF

Please join RUMAA on Saturday, June 18th, 2011, for the First Annual Rutgers University Alumni Association Reunion Dinner! Come back to campus and re-connect with your fellow Muslim Rutgers Alumni! Doors open at 5:30pm, so don’t be late!

As part of our program on June 18th, we will have the Honorable Hany Mawla, Esq. The topic of his speech is entitled, “On Fairness and the Rule of Law in the Arab World: How Rutgers, Its Alumni and their Scholarship Can Play a Vital Role in the Conversation”. Judge Mawla (LC ’95) is the first Muslim American judge appointed to the NJ Superior Court in history. He is currently serving in the Family Division of the Court in Somerset County.

We hope to see you all on Saturday, June 18th at the First Annual Rutgers University Alumni Association Reunion Dinner!  Ticket info, event details and registration are available online at —

http://www.ralumni.com/RUMAADinner2011

Register by Friday, 6/10 for the early bird discounted rates. Ticket prices go up starting on Saturday, 6/11, so ACT FAST!

Please join RUMAA on Saturday, June 18th, 2011, for the First Annual Rutgers University Alumni Association Reunion Dinner! Come back to campus and re-connect with your fellow Muslim Rutgers Alumni! Doors open at 5:30pm, so don’t be late!

As part of our program on June 18th, we will have the Honorable Hany Mawla, Esq. The topic of his speech is entitled, “On Fairness and the Rule of Law in the Arab World: How Rutgers, Its Alumni and their Scholarship Can Play a Vital Role in the Conversation”. Judge Mawla (LC ’95) is the first Muslim American judge appointed to the NJ Superior Court in history. He is currently serving in the Family Division of the Court in Somerset County.

We hope to see you all on Saturday, June 18th at the First Annual Rutgers University Alumni Association Reunion Dinner!  Ticket info, event details and registration are available online at —

http://www.ralumni.com/RUMAADinner2011

Register by Friday, 6/10 for the early bird discounted rates. Ticket prices go up starting on Saturday, 6/11, so ACT FAST!

Are you attending any Rutgers Reunion 2011 events in New Brunswick or Camden!  So is RUMAA!  Look for us at each set of events!  Both campuses will be holding events on Saturday, May 14th.

In New Brunswick, we will have a table in Voorhees Mall during the Block Party from 12-2 PM.  In Camden, we will have a table in the Athletic Center from 5-6 PM and the Campus Center from 6-8 PM.

You can get more information about the schedule of events online —

If you are a graduate of Rutgers-New Brunswick or Rutgers-Camden, or know any Muslim alumni from either campus, make sure you look for RUMAA on May 14th!

A few weeks ago we made a call for applications for an open seat on the RUMAA Board.  Sr. Sarah Khan had to step down due to increasing demands at work.  We want to take a moment to thank Sr. Sarah for all her efforts in helping to get the RUMAA started!  We wish you all the best, and hope to see you at our future events, and to continue to help out as a volunteer!

After reviewing applications and follow-ups with the various candidates, we are happy to announce our newest addition to the RUMAA Board — Salim Patel! For those of you who don’t know Salim, click here to learn a little bit more about our new board member and Undergraduate Committee Chair —

Salim Patel

Some other activities that Salim has been involved in recently are as follows —

  • Founder – ICPC Emergency Food Pantry (running 2+ years)
  • Fellow (Current) – American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) – University of Southern California
  • Founder – American Muslims for Corzine – first Statewide Muslim mobilization effort for a gubernatorial campaign in NJ
  • Event Chair (current) – United for Change 2011 Conference

We’re looking forward to great things from Salim!  For an up to date list of the RUMAA Board members, click here.

Once again, welcome aboard, Salim!