A Bit About Us
Brunel Islamic Society (iSOC) are a group of volunteer staff and students who work to cater for needs of Muslims at Brunel University; as well as raise awareness about Islam, engage in dialogue and build bridges with the non-Muslim community on campus.
We believe that there is at least one common thing which all mankind shares regardless of their race, colour, language, nationality or culture. That is we have one common origin, one universal purpose and one Creator who mankind has been created to worship and obey in order to attain success in this life and the Hereafter.
We believe that the faith and the belief is a personal affair between the man and his Creator and no one else has the right to search one’s heart to discover his belief or to ill-treat him because of it. We also believe that all human beings are equal regardless of gender, disability, social class and status etc.; and we are judged and differentiated only by our level of God-consciousness and righteousness.
In all our affairs we refer to the last divine revelation sent to mankind - the Qur'an and the authentic traditions (Sunnah) of the final Messenger sent to mankind, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), and their interpretations according to the four famous Imams and the early generations, which are well known to all Muslims.
1. KEY OBJECTIVES AND AIMS OF BRUNEL iSOC:
i. To cater for all the needs and religious requirements of Muslims at Brunel University.
ii. To educate and support Muslims in their studies, whether relating to traditional Islamic sciences, contemporary and historical issues or academic studies.
iii. To clear misconceptions and teach the true message of Islam.
iv. To cater for the social and welfare needs of Muslims on campus and develop unity and cohesion.
v. To co-operate and co-ordinate with other groups and societies on common issues regardless of faith.
vi. To constantly review the long-terms strategy of the society, evolving and responding where necessary.
vii. To provide a variety of quality services to both Muslims and Non-Muslims.
a. Daily Prayers
Segregated prayer space is available 24hours a day in the Isambard Complex Amenity Building on the 2nd Floor.
b. Friday Prayers (1.10pm-1.45)
Friday prayers take place in the Netball Hall next to the Sports Centre. The entrance for the brothers is located at the back of the main building and the side entrance is available for the sisters. There are no ablution (Wudu) facilities at the location.
3. Ablution (Wudu) Facility
Making ablution in the toilets is strictly NOT ALLOWED for health and safety reasons. The university has provided a specified ablution Portakabin, which is located behind the Chadwick building next to the Isambard Amenity Building. The brothers’ entrance is located at the back of the cabin.
4. PRESENTING ISLAM
Monthly Lectures/ Courses & Classes
Brunel iSOC organises monthly lectures by prominent speaker covering a variety of Islamic topics. We also aim to provide a platform for learning the basic aspects of the religion through classes (e.g. Quran & Tajweed) and short courses (Aqeedah, Fiqh etc).
5. Dawah (Invitation) Table
A weekly information table is set-up outside the Hamilton Centre every Thursday, 11-3pm. Visit us for free Islamic literature and the opportunity to ask any questions about Islam or the iSOC.
6. Islamic Awareness Week (IAW)
Look out for our biggest event of the year; a week full of lectures and events aimed at raising awareness about Islam.
7. Free Islamic literature and material
Brunel iSOC provides free Islamic books, leaflets, CDs and other material including translations of the Holy Quran in various languages. Please visit our dawah table or contact us via email to request material.
‘Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better.’ (Quran 16:125)