Getting to Know Hanifa Kodirova

September 10th 2020

This week we asked Hanifa from VicMuslims a few questions about her role as Vice President of Communications, who inspires her, and what her club does around campus!

What are you studying at Vic?

Law and International Relations.

What is your connection to Vic Books?

Vic Books is my favourite place for a quick coffee and read in between classes!

Tell us a little bit about what your club does around campus.

Our club provides support and community engagement for Muslim students at VUW: providing access to prayer rooms across all campuses, weekly communal Friday prayers, and great social events.

What have been some of your favourite events or moments with the club?

We recently had our Eid festival and it was great to get back together on campus, enjoy some great food, make new friends, and share how we all celebrate Eid within our families and cultures. It's so interesting to see how a religious festival differs in its celebration across different backgrounds, even though we all share the same faith.

What is your role like within the club? What kinds of things do you do?

I am the Vice President of Communications, so my job is to connect with all third parties whether that be Uni staff, other clubs, or NGO's to collaborate with VicMuslims.

What can students and staff do to support the VicMuslims Club around campus?

You don't have to be a VicMuslims member or even Muslim to be part of our events and community. The best support can sometimes just be building friendships and connections so come along to our next events and get to know us!

Who are some of the people who inspire you? What books have inspired you too?

I am inspired every day by selfless community leaders in New Zealand and around the world who never stop striving for the advancement of their community, without expecting recognition or fame. They are all around us and too many to name!

My favourite non-fiction book recently has been The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan; it's an astounding and vibrant recall of history that breaks so many misconceptions about the past and how different cultures and people interacted with each other. My favourite fiction books are by Khaled Hosseini, I always find myself going back to them because of how deeply they capture the frailties of human weakness and the nuances of human experience. Books like these inspire me to learn more about the world around me and give me so many new perspectives to look at life from.

Some quick fire book recommends please!

The Silk Roads: A History of the New Worlds by Peter Frankopan.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

What are you reading at the moment?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

What do you like about it?

It's actually quite funny and a lighthearted read; the characters are very relatable.

Hardback or paperback?

Both!

Favourite coffee?

Cappuccino with oat milk.