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

Throughout the Qur’an and Sunnah, examples can be found where both Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, stress the importance of showing mercy and compassion to our parents. In many periods of our life, especially when we are really, really young (think baby young, terrible twos, toddling threes, exploratory fours, and sweet sixteens that may not be so sweet!), we often don’t full appreciate all that our parents did to nurture and care for us. When they would tell us no (for our own good), we may have not realized the wisdom behind their decision (and instead proceed to throw a bizarre tantrum or hissy fit to voice our displeasure). One blog post would not be sufficient to properly thank our parents or acknowledge them for all that they have done and continue to do for us. So as a small way of saying “thank you” our youth embarked on a thoughtful gift-making venture Friday night to show appreciate to their parents. What did our youth end up making? Well see for yourself:

Our youth attack the kitchen. Murtaza and Mustafa gaze lovingly at the bottle of cooking oil on the counter. Wait...they can't be baking something delicious, can they?

Our youth attack the kitchen. Murtaza and Mustafa gaze lovingly at the bottle of cooking oil on the counter. Wait…they can’t be baking something delicious, can they?

Baking indeed! Abdelrahman and Baha unveil secret number one to our gift package for mom and dad...BROWNIES!

Baking indeed! Abdelrahman and Baha unveil secret number one to our gift package for mom and dad…BROWNIES!

Omar puts his muscles to work whisking our brownie mix into shape...

Omar puts his muscles to work whisking our brownie mix into shape…

Meanwhile, Ahmed and Murtaza appear to be doing something with the cooking oil and a baby blue mixing bowl. I wonder what they are making?

Meanwhile, Ahmed and Murtaza appear to be doing something with the cooking oil and a baby blue mixing bowl. I wonder what they are making?

As our baked goodies bake, our youth turn their attention to writing letters and poems for their parents.

As our baked goodies bake, our youth turn their attention to writing letters and poems for their parents.

One of our young brother's final poem product! What do you think?

One of our young brother’s final poem product! What do you think?

Mohammed has finished decorating his gift box...I wonder what he has hidden inside his box?

Mohammed has finished decorating his gift box…I wonder what he has hidden inside his box?

Let's take a peek inside and what do we find...a rose for mom, brownie and cookie for dad, and a letter/poem for both parents! Nice work gentlemen!

Let’s take a peek inside and what do we find…a rose for mom, brownie and cookie for dad, and a letter/poem for both parents! Nice work gentlemen!

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