Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) youth, parents, and readers worldwide,

The weather on Friday night was absolutely incredible subhan Allah! Temperatures in the high 70s combined with a gentle summer breeze (direction unknown) made for the perfect conditions to design and construct, you guessed it, KITES! Each semester we like to challenge our youth’s creative minds and awesome crafty skills in engaging arts-and-crafts or crazy science experiments. Our first such event this semester, the young men of the IYG worked together to design their very own, masjid-built kites. Armed with an assortment of supplies and tools, our youth got to work quickly…as they found out, making a kite is not as easy as it appears on paper as you’ll see below:

Our mini-men carefully read the directions before getting started...

Our mini-men carefully read the directions before getting started…

Lookie, our kites are starting to take shape!

Lookie, our kites are starting to take shape!

Karim adds a gliding tail to his kite as Anis patiently waits in line for his turn.

Karim adds a gliding tail to his kite as Anis patiently waits in line for his turn.

Mohamed is done! He gently tests his kite to see if it will hold up in the winds present outdoors.

Mohamed is done! He gently tests his kite to see if it will hold up in the winds present outdoors.

Meanwhile, in a hidden corner of the ISGL, our elder youth build a MASSIVE kite with cool artwork.

Meanwhile, in a hidden corner of the ISGL, our elder youth build a MASSIVE kite with cool artwork.

Hamza poses with his team's final product. Nice work gentlemen!

Hamza poses with his team’s final product. Nice work gentlemen!

The burning question in everyone’s mind…how well did our kites fly? Unfortunately time ran out before we could test our kites outdoors. We’ll have to let you know in a couple of weeks in shaa Allah after putting them through rigorous testing.

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