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

Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette was filled with gorgeous sunshine, a gentle breeze (direction unknown), and…A PICNIC!!! In coordination with the ISGL EC Board, ISGL Weekend Islamic School, and ICAN Youth, the ISGL Youth Group assisted in organizing a summer community picnic for our entire community. From Chicago-style hot dogs to seasoned burger patties to marinated chicken to a variety of salads and desserts, alhamdulillah our guests were well-fed. In addition to the food, our guests took part in a variety of fun activities including a soccer match, tug-of-war game, Sponge Bob relay race, and…a water balloon fight!

Jazakum Allahu Khairan to all of our generous donors and volunteers for the amazing effort put forth to organize the community picnic. We would also like to thank Br. Mustapha and Hungry’s Chicago-Style Restaurant for their unbelievable support with locating and preparing the meat for the picnic. May Allah, azza wa jal, accept from the volunteers their efforts and reward them with the best of success in this life and in the Hereafter. Ameen.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan to the aunties, uncles, moms, dads, students, and our youth who showed up in droves and filled Happy Hollow Park with joy and laughter for 3 hours on Saturday afternoon. We hope you enjoyed the awesome food, fun activities, and companionship of your fellow Muslims!

What does an ISGL community picnic look like? Well see for yourself in the pictures below!

Brother the food is over there, points out Sabir. Quick Sulaiman, hide the burger patties!

“Can I please have some chicken now?” asks one of our hard-working chefs, Sami.

Yuuuuuummmm…hot dogs, burgers, and chicken. Now we’re talking!

How about a little garden salad to balance your plate?

Need a little watermelon to quench your thirst? Go ahead, grab a piece!

Guests making tawaf around the food table.

Bro time with Tassawar and Sheriff.

Members of our youth group voraciously dig into their food. Meanwhile Danyal is so full of food he needs a nap.

The brother’s picnic shelter was overflowing so a makeshift bench was created – ahh the ingenuity! Omar lurks in the background with a giant stick. What crazy idea does he have in mind?

Adil caught in the act of eating something his mother would disapprove of. Tsk tsk Adil!

The brothers migrate to the playing fields – hey where are all the fun games you mentioned earlier?

The *ahem* strong youth take position on one side of the rope for tug-of-war; they thought they would hurt the poor uncles with their brute strength.

“BRING IT ON!” our elders challenge the youth. Who would emerge victorious in this battle?

The UNCLES win! Our youth need to eat more burgers and chicken.

The Sponge Bob relay race course. Transfer water from one bucket to another using only a kitchen sponge and your legs. This should be fun!


Hamza on the run carrying the sponge which would determine the fate of his team.

Mujtaba works to squeeze water from his sponge into the empty bucket – RUN MUJTABA!!!

Fathers get involved to help out their children. It was a family-themed race!

The victorious team emerges!