Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) IYG members, parents, and blogger fans around the globe,

We hope your week has been enjoyable and productive thus far! The calendar has turned another page as we leave behind October and enter the chilly month of November. It seemed just like yesterday we were being greeted by the pleasant rays of sunshine and warm weather of summer; now we have a cold (and perhaps wet) winter to look forward to alhamdulillah. Outdoor activities are becoming harder to conduct given the weather so we must look for creative activities to keep our youth engaged through the fall and winter months. Tonight we introduced a sporting event not tried before in the ISGL Youth Group. The activity was called “King of the Hill.” Sadly no hill was actually involved…so how does this game work then you may be wondering. Good question! We organized our youth in order of eldest to youngest. Two individuals were selected to be kings in charge of guarding their kingdom and freeing their comrades from the terrible confines of the neighboring kingdom’s garrison. To free their comrades, each king would have to throw a shiny red ball to one of their teammates. If the teammate caught the ball, he could join his king and help defend his kingdom by deftly blocking tosses made by the opposing king (to free his own friends). Everyone had the chance to be king during the first round. If you lost  your kingdom (i.e. the opposing king was able to free his friends from the garrison before you could) then you would be out of the tournament. The challenges continued (for 12 intense rounds) until one lad emerged as the champion of the tourney and was anointed as the King of the Hill. Enjoy the pictures below of our youth competing for title of King of the Hill champion:

Wait how old are you? Our young men begin the process of lining up so we can create teams. Hurry up folks, we don't have all day here!

Wait how old are you? Our young men begin the process of lining up so we can create teams. Nurideen appears to have gained a few inches in height. Hurry up folks, we don’t have all day here!

 

Mujtaba gets his game face on (and a little paint on his cheeks for some reason). One word can describe this face...INTENSITY!

Mujtaba gets his game face on (and a little paint on his cheeks for some reason). One word can describe this face…INTENSITY!

 

Mujtaba advises King Hamza to calm down. Hamza refuses and begins to try and free his friends from King Mujtaba's grasp.

Mujtaba advises King Hamza to calm down. Hamza refuses and begins to try and free his friends from King Mujtaba’s grasp.

 

Mohamed winds up and lets a ball fly. Meanwhile Ata and Ahmed search for a ball to help King Mujtaba  emerge victorious.

Mohamed winds up and lets a ball fly. Meanwhile Ata and Ahmed search for a ball to help King Mujtaba emerge victorious.

 

Omar goes in search of a ball to throw. Murtaza waves his hands in the air for fun (or maybe to cheer on Omar, we're not quite sure).

Omar goes in search of a ball to throw. Murtaza waves his hands in the air for fun (or maybe to cheer on Omar, we’re not quite sure).

 

Shujath and Mohamed exchange throws as they work to free their teammates.

Shujath and Muhammad exchange throws as they work to free their teammates.

 

The Finals...no not the NBA Fiinals silly! The King of the Hill Final saw King Hamza battle  King Mohamed in a tight battle. In the end Hamza would emerge victorious!

The Finals…no not the NBA Fiinals silly! The King of the Hill Final saw King Hamza battle King Muhammad in a tight battle. In the end Hamza would emerge victorious!

 

We decided to play a game of Ultimate Dodgeball after Isha prayer. The camera took cover after this picture to avoid making physical contact with a flying object.

We decided to play a game of Ultimate Dodgeball after Isha prayer. The camera took cover after this picture to avoid making physical contact with a flying object.

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