Assalamu-alaikum youth, parents, IYG alum, and readers around the world,

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could not communicate using words? We are quite used to verbal communication (or texting/email nowadays) that we often forget to thank Allah, azza wa jal, for the great blessing of speech which has been given to us. Tonight, our youth experienced for a short time the challenge we face when we have to communicate in a manner other than verbal speech (courtesy of the board game Pictionary). Pictionary is a straight-forward, family-friendly game involving a game board, cards with clues, and a couple stick figures…well you need players too, of course! Two teams of youth were formed. Each team took turns picking a card with 5 different categories (or clues) on them. One teammate would select a card and have to communicate to their other teammates what item they had selected from the card. Here’s the catch though (we know, we know…there has to always be a catch)! You can’t speak! That’s right…using a white board and black marker, our youth had to communicate the item selected from the card using a drawing! Sounds pretty easy, right? Well as the pictures below point out…it’s not as easy as one would like to think:

What on earth has Hamza drawn? Mohamed and Abdelrahman appear to know the answer!

What on earth has Hamza drawn? Mohamed and Abdelrahman appear to know the answer!

 

Basim has selected his card...what will he be drawing?

Basim has selected his card…what will he be drawing?

 

It's raining cats and dogs! We're not joking, he's seriosuly drawing the phrase "it's raining cats and dogs." See we told you it wasn't easy!

It’s raining cats and dogs! We’re not joking, he’s seriously drawing the phrase “it’s raining cats and dogs.” See we told you it wasn’t easy!

 

Mujtaba shows off his fashion sense with a drawing of a dress shirt...sadly his team failed to correctly guess the answer.

Mujtaba shows off his fashion sense with a drawing of a dress shirt…sadly his team failed to correctly guess the answer.

 

Baha picks a card from our giant card stack...I wonder what he chose to draw?

Baha picks a card from our giant card stack…I wonder what he chose to draw?

 

Team Oguz in deep thought...

Team Oguz in deep thought…

 

Correct! Mustafa gleefully points to his teammate who guessed what he was drawing.

Correct! Mustafa gleefully points to his teammate who guessed what he was drawing.

 

Shhhh! It's Pictionary! W're not allowed to speak!

Shhhh! It’s Pictionary! We’re not allowed to speak!

 

Mohammed goes to work drawing three bears...Basim can't bear to watch as the excitement of the game is too much for him!

Mohammed goes to work drawing three bears…Basim can’t bear to watch as the excitement of the game is too much for him!

 

A tiger + woods = Tiger Woods! Yes Oguz, we too are confused by the amazing brilliance of young Danyal.

A tiger + woods = Tiger Woods! Yes Oguz, we too are confused by the amazing brilliance of young Danyal.

 

Team Oguz emerges victorious! Thank you Muhammad for blocking Mujtaba's face with your fist pump. Put the fist pump away!!! Ahmed, Ata, and Murtaza cannot hide their joy. Look at those big, beaming smiles ma shaa Allah!

Team Oguz emerges victorious! Thank you Muhammad for blocking Mujtaba’s face with your fist pump. Put the fist pump away!!! Ahmed, Ata, and Murtaza cannot hide their joy. Look at those big, beaming smiles ma shaa Allah!

 

Br. Sabir and Mujtaba help our youth re-charge their batteries with a small early-evening snack.

Br. Sabir and Mujtaba help our youth re-charge their batteries with a small early-evening snack.

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