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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