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

Uncle Fahad & Amu Omer break down the purpose behind our Make-An-Eid Wish activity.

Think back in time to the favorite/best gift you have ever received in your life – a toy, a car, a garment, a piece of jewelry. What made that gift so special? Was it the item itself something you really, really wanted; was it the fact that the person who gave the gift was someone you admired or respected? On Friday night, we began by asking the young men of the ISGL Youth Group these exact questions. In terms of the best gift ever received, answers varied from – a trip to Washington, D.C. to lunch to being given the blessing of being a Muslim. When the tables were turned and our mentors asked our youth the best gift they ever game to somebody else, the responses given were pretty awesome – money to a friend so he could buy lunch to giving a remote controlled car won in a contest to a child who really wanted it all the way to providing food for community members who were homeless.

Giving gifts is an encouraged action from the sunnah (way/teachings) of the final human messenger Muslims believe was sent to mankind, Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), because it increases love and brotherhood/sisterhood between people. Next Friday evening, in shaa Allah (if Allah wills), our youth will be receiving many gifts from their families and friends during our second holiday of the year, Eid-ul-Adha. However, some families in our local communities won’t be able to provide their children gifts due to certain circumstances beyond their control. Tonight, our youth were given the opportunity to put on their superhero capes and fulfill an Eid wish sent to us by 5 families.

After Fahad and Mr. Omer Hassan, community service coordinator for the Purdue University Muslim Student Association, explained the details of the night’s shopping spree and broke our youth into small teams, our young men were off to the races!

Men on a mission – show us the gift aisle please!

Muhammad finds a neat gift – checkers!

 

Danyal grabs a rainbow-esque Tumbling Towers game from the board game aisle.

On the prowl for more toys – where are they headed?

 

Matchbox cars! Huddle (shura) time – which ones are we going to get?

Meanwhile, Adil and Salah share a giggle in the card aisle as our young men search high-and-low for thoughtful cards.

 

Fahad’s crew returns with a cart burgeoning with chocolate and arts-and-crafts kits. Seriously, are we trying to give someone a sugar overdose? Look at the size of those candy bags!

Omer bhai reveals scarves, gloves, and hats for mom and dad carefully selected by Raad, Ahmed, and Murtaza.

 

Shujath doing a great job packaging our young men’s gift choices into beautifully selected gift bags – tissue paper, gotta love the color choices!

The finished products – I’m sure our recipient families will be thrilled to receive these thoughtful treasures from our youth!

Our young men did an awesome job selecting and wrapping really thoughtful gifts for our recipient families. Each family member – parents and children alike – will receive a gift which we hope will spark a joyful Eid experience in shaa Allah. We ask Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, to accept from us our efforts and to forgive us for any mistakes we may have made. Ameen.

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