Parents Appreciation Event – Friday, April 11, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) fellow readers,

Throughout the Qur’an and Sunnah, examples can be found where both Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, stress the importance of showing mercy and compassion to our parents. In many periods of our life, especially when we are really, really young (think baby young, terrible twos, toddling threes, exploratory fours, and sweet sixteens that may not be so sweet!), we often don’t full appreciate all that our parents did to nurture and care for us. When they would tell us no (for our own good), we may have not realized the wisdom behind their decision (and instead proceed to throw a bizarre tantrum or hissy fit to voice our displeasure). One blog post would not be sufficient to properly thank our parents or acknowledge them for all that they have done and continue to do for us. So as a small way of saying “thank you” our youth embarked on a thoughtful gift-making venture Friday night to show appreciate to their parents. What did our youth end up making? Well see for yourself:

Our youth attack the kitchen. Murtaza and Mustafa gaze lovingly at the bottle of cooking oil on the counter. Wait...they can't be baking something delicious, can they?

Our youth attack the kitchen. Murtaza and Mustafa gaze lovingly at the bottle of cooking oil on the counter. Wait…they can’t be baking something delicious, can they?

Baking indeed! Abdelrahman and Baha unveil secret number one to our gift package for mom and dad...BROWNIES!

Baking indeed! Abdelrahman and Baha unveil secret number one to our gift package for mom and dad…BROWNIES!

Omar puts his muscles to work whisking our brownie mix into shape...

Omar puts his muscles to work whisking our brownie mix into shape…

Meanwhile, Ahmed and Murtaza appear to be doing something with the cooking oil and a baby blue mixing bowl. I wonder what they are making?

Meanwhile, Ahmed and Murtaza appear to be doing something with the cooking oil and a baby blue mixing bowl. I wonder what they are making?

As our baked goodies bake, our youth turn their attention to writing letters and poems for their parents.

As our baked goodies bake, our youth turn their attention to writing letters and poems for their parents.

One of our young brother's final poem product! What do you think?

One of our young brother’s final poem product! What do you think?

Mohammed has finished decorating his gift box...I wonder what he has hidden inside his box?

Mohammed has finished decorating his gift box…I wonder what he has hidden inside his box?

Let's take a peek inside and what do we find...a rose for mom, brownie and cookie for dad, and a letter/poem for both parents! Nice work gentlemen!

Let’s take a peek inside and what do we find…a rose for mom, brownie and cookie for dad, and a letter/poem for both parents! Nice work gentlemen!

Bowling Bash – Friday, April 4, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) fellow readers,

Friday night…warm weather mixed with a breezy wind…feels like a perfect day for a friendly game of bowling! Our elder IYGers decided to challenge one another to a friendly competition of Angry Birds…eh…we meant bowling; so we hopped into our super-vehicle and drove over to the PMU Rack and Roll bowling alley to settle this competition once and for all. As you’ll see below, the competition was quite fierce but thoroughly entertaining:

Danyal sizes up the pins as he slowly prepares his attack...

Danyal sizes up the pins as he slowly prepares his attack…

Full body extension...Danyal throws down his bowling ball emphatically...

Full body extension…Danyal throws down his bowling ball emphatically…

The pins emerge victorious as Danyal takes one last glance back and says, "I'll get you next time!"

The pins emerge victorious as Danyal takes one last glance back and says, “I’ll get you next time!”

Ahmad with a promising toss!

Ahmad with a promising toss!

Omar takes aim at the 12 white pins...

Omar takes aim at the 12 white pins…

Brother vs. Brother...who will emerge victorious...

Brother vs. Brother…who will emerge victorious…

Hamza walks away happy with his result...Danyal, not so much.

Hamza walks away happy with his result…Danyal, not so much.

Murtaza goes for the spare!

Murtaza goes for the spare!

Mujtaba lets go of a perfect ball toss...

Mujtaba lets go of a perfect ball toss…

Mujtaba earns a Turkey!!! Three strikes in a row earns you a delicious feathered bird apparently...

Mujtaba earns a Turkey!!! Three strikes in a row earns you a delicious feathered bird apparently…

Brother vs. Brother...Round 2

Brother vs. Brother…Round 2

As he surveys the pins left standing, Murtaza winds up and lets go of his bowling ball.

As he surveys the pins left standing, Murtaza winds up and lets go of his bowling ball.

The scoring situation is starting to tighten up! Flappy and Broma...seriously who comes up with these names?

The scoring situation is starting to tighten up! Flappy and Broma…seriously who comes up with these names?

Indoor Soccer & Guest Talk by Br. Majed Mahmoud – Friday, March 28, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) youth, parents, and readers everywhere,

Tonight was supposed to be our semester youth community service project…however the West Lafayette community was fortunate to enjoy a visit from guest speaker, Br. Majed Mahmoud. As Br. Majed was scheduled to deliver a talk about repentance Friday evening (around the same time as our youth group event), the IYG mentors decided to tweak the original plan. As our youth gathered at the ISGL, they were surprised with the good news that they would instead be playing 50 minutes of non-stop indoor soccer. Afterward, our young men walked to Stewart Center on Purdue University’s campus to listen to a valuables lesson delivered by Br. Majed. Below are a few pictures capturing the fun soccer match which took place before Br. Majed’s talk:

Mujtaba and Danyal wait for the referee to blow his whistle to start the match...meanwhile Omar, Abdallah, and Mohamed form the Impenetrable Wall of Defense!

Mujtaba and Danyal wait for the referee to blow his whistle to start the match…meanwhile Omar, Abdallah, and Mohamed form the Impenetrable Wall of Defense!

Nurideen makes a diving save off a scoring attempt by a saddened Mujtaba. Omar jumps up and down in joy! The Impenetrable Wall of Defense succeeds...

Nurideen makes a diving save off a scoring attempt by a saddened Mujtaba. Omar jumps up and down in joy! The Impenetrable Wall of Defense has thwarted the first attempt…

Minutes later, Danyal runs around wildly, arms raised, after his team secures the first goal of the match. The Impenetrable Wall of Defense has been broken...

Minutes later, Danyal runs around wildly, arms raised, after his team secures the first goal of the match. The Impenetrable Wall of Defense has been broken…

Mustafa deflects a scoring attempt to his right as everyone pursues the blue soccer ball.

Mustafa deflects a scoring attempt to his right as everyone pursues the blue soccer ball.

Abdallah on the break! Catch him if you can!

Abdallah on the break! Catch him if you can!

Our youth pursue the ball. Abdelrahman goes down attempting to defend his goal...

Our youth pursue the ball. Abdelrahman goes down attempting to defend his goal…

A mild disagreement occurs as both teams try to figure out how to resolve a free kick situation.

A mild disagreement occurs as both teams try to figure out how to resolve a free kick situation.

Traffic jam in the corner...anyone hungry for snacks?

Traffic jam in the corner…anyone hungry for snacks?

Deep Dish Pizza Night – Friday, March 14, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) readers everywhere,

Tonight marked the start of Spring Break vacation for our IYG mentors (so they thought until they realized graduate students do not really get a vacation :(). What better way to kick-off the mini-break than providing an important culinary lesson for our older youth? As 3 billion pizzas are sold every year to Americans (and the average person consumes 46 slices of pizza each year, goodness gracious!) and youth tend to be the biggest pizza lovers, our mentors thought it a valuable teaching opportunity to have our youth learn the task of making their very own pizza, from scratch! We’re not talking about your average, run-of-the-mill pizza either; we’re talking about DEEP DISH PIZZA!!! In addition to being able to make pizza at home for their families, tonight’s cooking lesson provided our older youth with an important life skill they could put to good use once they have to start preparing home-cooked meals for themselves (away from the friendly confines of their parents’ kitchen).

After head chef (Br. Ihsan) mixed flour, water, and yeast together to prepare our pizza dough, our young men took over the kitchen to prepare their very own unique pizza concoctions. What ensued was a mesh of culinary madness and genius as you’ll see below:

Our young men are primed and ready for action...well everyone except for Omar who is apparently attempting to sleep in a vertical direction!

Our young men are primed and ready for action…well everyone except for Omar who is apparently attempting to sleep in a vertical direction!

Omar has awoken! He carefully presses the pizza dough into a circular shape under the careful supervision of Hamza.

Omar has awoken! He carefully presses the pizza dough into a circular shape under the careful supervision of Hamza.

Mujtaba and Murtaza gently lay down sauce for their pizza...half pizza sauce, half alfredo sauce...truly brave and creative!

Mujtaba and Murtaza gently lay down sauce for their pizza…half pizza sauce, half alfredo sauce…truly brave and creative!

 

Saucing step completed, the Siddiqui brothers turn their attention to selecting toppings for their deep dish pizza concoction...

Saucing step completed, the Siddiqui brothers turn their attention to selecting toppings for their deep dish pizza concoction…

Omar gently adds a splash of peppers to his Hawaiian-themed pizza...

Omar gently adds a splash of peppers to his Hawaiian-themed pizza…

Danyal makes an appearance and proceeds to do the one thing he does best....go crazy (with adding too much cheese of course)!

Danyal makes an appearance and proceeds to do the one thing he does best….go crazy (with adding too much cheese of course)!

As our pizzas bake in the oven, our young men turn their attention to cleaning the kitchen. Hamza goes to work sweeping the floor with a giant industrial broom...

As our pizzas bake in the oven, our young men turn their attention to cleaning the kitchen. Hamza goes to work sweeping the floor with a giant industrial broom…

Meanwhile Mujtaba cleans dishes as he basks in the aroma of delicious pizza wafting from the oven behind him.

Meanwhile Mujtaba cleans dishes as he basks in the aroma of delicious pizza wafting from the oven behind him.

The finished products! Which slice of pizza would you like to taste first?

The finished products! Which slice of pizza would you like to taste first?

After all their hard work cooking, our youth are finally able to sit down and enjoy their deep dish pizza meal.

After all their hard work cooking, our youth are finally able to sit down and enjoy their deep dish pizza meal.

 

Vinegar Volcanoes – Friday, March 7, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) readers, writers, and arithmetic geniuses (yes we’re talking about you!),

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to witness the eruption of a volcano? On Friday evening our youth had a chance to witness such an event…albeit on a very safe, small (homemade) scale. Yes you are correct! IYG Crazy Science Experiments returned Friday evening as our mentors provided a cool science demonstration about how to make a homemade chemical volcano. With a few simple supplies (construction paper, water bottle, and tape) and tools (scissors primarily), you too can build your very own cool (or hot) erupting volcano. Working in teams of four, our young men helped their teammates construct neat designs for their volcanoes (there was even one that looked like a space shuttle!). Afterward, our mentors assisted each team with testing if their volcano could withstand the “lava” produced from a simple chemical reaction involving vinegar, water, baking soda, and dishwasher detergent (mix water, baking soda, and detergent together in a bottle -> add the vinegar -> watch the “lava” show which unfolds!).

As our IYGers worked on their mini-volcanoes, our mentors took a moment to discuss how to deal with feelings of anger. As our youth pointed out, people become angry for different reasons – they earn a bad grade at school, get into an argument with a family member, can’t figure out how to solve a homework problem, or get into a spirited verbal exchange during a sports activity. Anger is a normal human emotion…however dealing with anger in a positive and productive manner can ensure a tense situation doesn’t get worse. Taking a chapter from the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, (peace and blessings be upon him), our mentors mentioned tips our youth could use to deal with feelings of anger to make sure these feelings don’t lead to a volcanic eruption at home/school. Among the tips presented included:

  • Sitting down when one starts to feel angry
  • Lying down on one’s side if the feeling of anger doesn’t go away after sitting down (trick your body to think it is sleeping so your heart rate slows down!)
  • Perform wudu or wash one’s face with cold water (cool down your body temperature!)
  • Seek help from Allah by saying “auoodi billahi mina shaytan nir rajeem” (I seek refuge/help with Allah from the accursed shaytan/satan) because we forget that shaytan often tries to sow seeds of dislike between people

After our mini-discussion, our youth were off to the races to build and test their mini-volcanoes as you can see from the pictures below:

Muhammad and Abdullah look very angry...Nurideen and Mohamed try to cheer up their friends with gigantic smiles!

Muhammad and Abdullah look very angry…Nurideen and Mohamed try to cheer up their friends with gigantic smiles!

 

Who knows how we can deal with feelings of anger in a healthy way? Hands fly up in response! Why does Mujtaba look so upset?

Who knows how we can deal with feelings of anger in a healthy way? Hands fly up in response! Why does Mujtaba look so upset?

These gentlemen, on the other hand, appear quite happy...

These gentlemen, on the other hand, appear quite happy…

Danyal happily cuts out a shape for his volcano as Mujtaba willingly assists. Ahmed and Mohammed carefully inspect their teammates' work to make sure there are no mistakes present.

Danyal happily cuts out a shape for his volcano as Mujtaba willingly assists. Ahmed and Mohammed carefully inspect their teammates’ work to make sure there are no mistakes present.

 

"Come hither oh IYG brethern," shouts Danyal on his new megaphone (er is that his volcano?)!

“Come hither oh IYG brethren,” shouts Danyal on his new megaphone (er is that his volcano?)!

 

Baha and Abdullah lend their friend, Ali, a hand as he begins to cut out the shape of his volcano.

Baha and Abdullah lend their friend, Ali, a hand as he begins to cut out the shape of his volcano.

 

Hasan has made a teepee volcano!

Hasan has made a teepee volcano!

 

Mujtaba's volcano, meanwhile, has slowly shrunk to the size of a funnel...

Mujtaba’s volcano, meanwhile, has slowly shrunk to the size of a funnel…

 

Done! Mustafa is ready to test if his volcano can produce a seismic eruption!

Done! Mustafa is ready to test if his volcano can produce a seismic eruption!

 

A little math equation for y'all. What does 1 Abdelrahman + 1 Mohamed = ...Apparently an Oguz!

A little math equation for y’all. What does 1 Abdelrahman + 1 Mohamed = …apparently an Oguz!

Until next week, we bid everyone farewell!

Ben’s Soft Pretzel Night – Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) parents, youth, and readers worldwide,

When one thinks of Spring-time in the U.S. one most likely thinks of warm weather, green grass, barbeques, and the return of outdoor sports (especially baseball!). What is a great snack often sold by vendors at these outdoor sporting events? PRETZELS!!! But have you ever tried making your very own pretzel (microwaving one from a box found in the local grocery store doesn’t count)? Most of our youth had not experienced the joy experienced by making a homemade pretzel. Thanks to help from the crew at Ben’s Soft Pretzels in West Lafayette, our youth had the opportunity to finally enjoy the experience of making their very own handmade, home-cooked (or masjid-cooked in our case) pretzels. Using dough, soda water, and a heated oven (plus some very strong muscles), our youth put their energy to good use this afternoon in the kitchen as they prepared delicious homemade pretzels (in various shapes, designs, and sizes as you’ll see in the pictures below):

After dividing our youth into teams, the elder lads patiently awaited their turn in the kitchen by conversing about the beauty of the red tablecloth before them...

After dividing our youth into teams, the elder lads patiently awaited their turn in the kitchen by conversing about the beauty of the red tablecloth before them…

 

Meanwhile our youngest members take the chance to inspect the pretzel dough..."Ooooo, it's gooey and fluffy," shout out Nurideen, Hasan, and Ahmed.

Meanwhile our youngest members take the chance to inspect the pretzel dough…”Ooooo, it’s gooey and fluffy,” shout out Nurideen, Hasan, and Ahmed.

 

Br. Sabir provides Abdelrahman with a few helpful tips on twisting his dough into a pretzel shape...

Br. Sabir provides Abdelrahman with a few helpful tips on twisting his dough into a pretzel shape as Mustafa cheers them on…

 

A few twists and turns later, Abdelrahman has made his pretzel!

A few twists and turns later, Abdelrahman has made his pretzel!

 

Hasan gets to work rolling out his dough before folding it into position...believe it or not, he rolled his dough into a four foot cylinder!

Hasan gets to work rolling out his dough before folding it into position…believe it or not, he rolled his dough into a four foot cylinder!

 

Our elder youth have lost their patience and have begun a random game of tag in the multipurpose room...Danyal appears ready to threaten the mentors with a plastic baseball bat..."we want PRETZELS!!!"

Our elder youth have lost their patience and have begun a random game of tag in the multipurpose room…Danyal appears ready to threaten the mentors with a plastic baseball bat…”we want PRETZELS!!!”

 

Basim leads our older youth into the kitchen and shows them the fine art of crafting a delicious pretzel...nice work Basim!

Basim leads our older youth into the kitchen and shows them the fine art of crafting a delicious pretzel…nice work Basim!

 

"Look mom, I'm in the kitchen cooking!" Omar is now officially ready to go home, don the chef's hat, and prepare a five-course meal for his family (at least our mentors think so).

“Look mom, I’m in the kitchen cooking!” Omar is now officially ready to go home, don the chef’s hat, and prepare a five-course meal for his family (at least our mentors think so).

 

Karim gets to work rolling the pretzel dough as Hasan encourages him with two fist pumps in the air!

Karim gets to work rolling the pretzel dough as Hasan encourages him with two fist pumps in the air!

 

Hamza carefully presses and rolls his dough into its final shape before twisting his dough carefully...

Hamza carefully presses and rolls his dough into its final shape before twisting his dough carefully…

 

Finally, time to eat alhamdulillah! As you're about to see, our youth made some interesting looking pretzels...before you appears what we like to call "the doggy bone."

Finally, time to eat alhamdulillah! As you’re about to see, our youth made some interesting looking pretzels…before you appears what we like to call “the doggy bone.”

 

...next we have the "pretzel magnanamus" given this pretzel's unbelievable size...

…next we have the “pretzel magnanamus” given this pretzel’s unbelievable size…

 

...bottom right corner we have what has been dubbed "the frog" pretzel...

…bottom right corner we have what has been dubbed “the frog” pretzel…

 

...and finally we have Danyal's "Horn of A Ram" pretzel. Omar cant take his eyes off of Danyal's impressive work of art.

…and finally we have Danyal’s “Horn of A Ram” pretzel. Omar can’t take his eyes off of Danyal’s impressive work of art.

IYG Cinema Night Presents “How to Train Your Dragon” – Friday, February 21, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) readers, writers, and authors of all ages,

What is the true value of a good friend? What qualities are important to look for in a good friend – humor, honesty, piety, good character, compassionate, sweet & sour (wait that is a type of sauce, correct?)? Our youth had a chance to contemplate over these important questions on Friday evening as they watched the critically-acclaimed (at least to our mentor movie critics) movie “How to Train Your Dragon.” While none of our youth actually were given the opportunity to train a real dragon, the movie provided valuable lessons about friendship (be it with a friendly dragon or a human) and important qualities to look for in a good friend. Next week, as we bake delicious soft pretzels, in shaa Allah (God-willing), we’ll get the chance to reflect upon the qualities of good friends our youth discovered from the movie and then share them with all of you via this blog. Until then, enjoy a few snapshots from tonight’s event:

Danyal thought we were watching a scary movie so he tried to set the tone with this frightening image...can someone take the camera away from Danyal please???

Danyal thought we were watching a scary movie so he tried to set the tone with this frightening image…can someone take the camera away from Danyal please???

 

Our youth scramble to grab the best seats in the theater...Omer appears ready for a nap.

Our youth scramble to grab the best seats in the theater…Omar appears ready for a nap.

 

Our youngest mentees converse amongst themselves as they await the start of the movie...c'mon mentors, we want to learn how to train a dragon!!!

Our youngest mentees converse amongst themselves as they await the start of the movie…c’mon mentors, we want to learn how to train a dragon!!!

 

Hamza caught in the act...eating Doritos! Dun dun dun!!!

Hamza caught in the act…eating Doritos! Dun dun dun!!!

 

With snacks in hand and lights dimmed, the movie can begin. Mujtaba look at the screen not at your shoes!

With snacks in hand and lights dimmed, the movie can begin. Mujtaba look at the screen not at your shoes!

 

Hasan sits in a trance unable to take his eyes away from the giant movie screen. Meanwhile Abdullah finds a comfortable spot to rest his head as he too enjoys the movie.

Hasan sits in a trance unable to take his eyes away from the giant movie screen. Meanwhile Abdullah finds a comfortable spot to rest his head as he too enjoys the movie.

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