Did you know that the Muslim scientist and engineer ʿAbbās bin Firnās was the first person to successfully fly? In 9th century Andalusia, mimicking the flight of birds, he was able to sustain a short gliding flight with a wooden glider.
MSA 'Ibn Firnas' pays homage to this 9th century Andalusian polymath. Founded in Shaʿbān 1426 (September 2005) by three Aerospace Engineering students, this association now has over 200 members from various backgrounds, representing all 8 faculties and study levels at the Delft University of Technology.
Our association is very diverse yet we stand united as Muslims students. We organise events and activities, open and welcoming people of all and no faiths with a warm smile. The cornerstone of our association is empowering students in their spiritual and academic endeavours. To do so, we organise:
Social gatherings to meet fellow likeminded students, whether it be movie nights, bowling, paintballing or the annual iftar (Ramadan feast)
Campus prayer services, including weekly Friday service
Educational lectures and courses, such as conversational and standard Arabic & Qur’an recitation (tajweed) and halaqah (reading)
Company visits and career networking opportunities
With ample opportunities to socialise, network and develop yourself spiritually and professionally, MSA ‘Ibn Firnas’ aims to complement students’ academic university experience within the framework of our Islamic values, taken from the Qur’an and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
[Header image Edmundo Sáez; the Abbas Ibn Firnas bridge in Cordoba]