Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) IYG blog visitors,

You may be thinking to yourself, what in the world do dodgeball and moonsighting have in common? Well nothing really (unless you consider a dodgeball looks like a full moon!). However, these two activities partnered together Friday evening to form our much-anticipated (but never duplicated) kick-off event for our IYG Summer Ramadan 2014 Program. Over the next five weeks, our youngsters will take part in a series of activities that will in shaa Allah (God-willing) give them a greater appreciation for the blessed month of Ramadan. Through fun/challenging activities that will foster stronger ties of brotherhood amongst our youth, with short talks that will help us take full advantage of Ramadan, and spiritual programs that will in shaa Allah nurture a stronger love for Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, we hope this program will help make this Ramadan the best Ramadan experience ever for our youth!

Tonight we began our journey into this blessed month with a pre-Ramadan fun activity known as DODGEBALL! Over 60 minutes our youth gleefully expended their energy tossing dodgeballs while trying to survive being tagged out of the game. Afterward, we sat down to watch a video online posted by Br. Nouman Ali Khan entitled “Do You Worship Allah or Ramadan?” which provided a short analysis of Verse 185 from Surah al-Baqarah (2). Our mentors built upon the content in the video by reminding our youth that if, in Ramadan, we can deny ourselves items which are normally halal (permissible) such as eating food and drinking water, then we absolutely have the ability to tackle and eliminate from our lives items which are bad for us (such as wasting time, using bad language, etc.).

After so many months away from the IYG, our youth take a moment to re-introduce themselves to one another...

After so many months away from the IYG, our youth take a moment to re-introduce themselves to one another…

Tension builds as teams get selected for dodgeball...Muhammad advises Aladdin on his next pick.

Tension builds as teams get selected for dodgeball…Muhammad advises Aladdin on his next pick.

Game ON! These guys look quite excited...Abdelrahman protects his eyes from flying balls using cool sunglasses!

Game ON! These guys look quite excited…Abdelrahman protects his eyes from flying balls using cool sunglasses! Karim, meanwhile, tries to catch a ball to get himself back into the game.

Baha and Mohammed take aim at Abdelrahman...Muhammad (yes there are more than one of them)  tries to warn his teammate to take cover!!

Baha and Mohammed take aim at Abdelrahman…Muhammad (yes there are more than one of them) tries to warn his teammate to take cover!!

 

Ahmed, Nurideen, and Aladdin look for a medic to rescue them...medic, help us!

Ahmed, Nurideen, and Aladdin look for a medic to rescue them…medic, help us!

Water break!

Water break!

Our youth gather around the laptop to listen to Br. Nouman provide several words of wisdom about Ramadan.

Our youth gather around the laptop to listen to Br. Nouman provide several words of wisdom about Ramadan.

 

Tonight’s activity concluded with a short trip west of the masjid to search for the moon! To help our youth get in the mood for Ramadan and to practice the sunnah of looking for the moon to identify the start of the month of Ramadan, our youth searched the evening sky just before sunset for a tiny white crescent to appear. Sadly we didn’t see the moon 😦 However all was not lost as our youth found several fireflies to chase which became a fitting conclusion for our first activity to this summer’s youth program.

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