With the privilege of knowledge comes the burden of action. Without one, the other is in vain. As students in an institute of higher education, this principle is even more relevant. We are privileged to be in a position where we can actively pursue knowledge and refine our expertise in many different fields of study.
The unfortunate reality is that most of us are comfortable with where we are. Most of us take our privileges for granted and lack the drive to go beyond ourselves to be the positive elements of social change that society truly needs.
Many events have occurred throughout this academic year that will undoubtedly be penned in the history books of the University of California, Irvine. Students have united in numbers the likes of which this University has never seen. And indeed, we have reason to do so.
The implications of such a unification were vast, and there was much promise in what we could achieve. Unfortunately, it was short-lived. As students of conscience, we should be aware that no significant change comes without struggle, and that, even with struggle, change is not immediately obtained. We must render our efforts anew and strengthen the ties that bond us together to serve a cause greater than ourselves. Otherwise, we cannot but fail in our endeavor.
After years of inactivity, many delayed deadlines, and insurmountable odds, Alkalima is back. Now that we are back, we intend to use Alkalima as a vehicle to bring about a more holistic understanding of student related issues in hopes of inspiring positive change on campus. The vision is ambitious and the task, arduous. Nevertheless, all journeys begin with a single step.
There were many people aiding our progress from beginning to end; writers and designers who made direct and visible contributions, alumni who gave their time and advice (whether we were facing problems or not), and even the individuals who would often ask when this issue is going to print (both in seriousness and in jest).
To everyone who has played a role in Alkalima’s revival, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It has been recorded by At-Tirmidhi that the Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings be upon him) has said “whosoever is not thankful to the people, then he is not thankful to Allah.” And indeed to Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala (the Exalted and Glorified) is the greater thanks. Indeed, if anything good or true comes out of this magazine, all credit is due to Allah (swt). And, if anything bad or false comes out of this magazine, all blame is due to me for my faults and shortcomings as the Editor in Chief.
Photo by Sarah Larbah