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

After a week off of youth group, our young men were eager to return to the friendly confines of the ISGL for a much-anticipated (at least in the eyes of our mentors) service program. Each semester our mentors work with our youth to design and implement a service project for the community. Past projects have included clothing and food drives, purchasing toys to cheer up children in a local hospital, and opening a one-day restaurant (Restaurant Hope) to serve warm meals to community members in need.

Tonight our youth worked alongside their mentors to prepare three trays of homemade, stacked-to-the-top, ooey-gooey cheesy yumminess lasagna (full of love). Teams of 3-4 youth chopped vegetables, sauted beef, prepared a tomato-based sauce, and put these components together to form a layered lasagna dish. While the lasagna baked in the oven, our young men wrote cards to the recipients of these dishes wishing them a warm, delicious dinner. Afterward, we had a short reminder on the verses from Surat al-Ma’oon which helped provide the perfect background for one of the goals of the lovin’ lasagna service event. Oh how you truly can’t appreciate how delicious the final dishes looked unless we reveal to you some pictures of the finished products (feast you eyes below!):

Ahmad and Mohamed get the night started by chopping onions...my eyes burn!!!

Ahmad and Mohamed get the night started by chopping onions…my eyes burn!!!

Baha gleefully grabs the chopped veggies and stirs them into his beef concoction...

Baha gleefully grabs the chopped veggies and stirs them into his beef concoction…

Meanwhile behind Baha, Mohamed fights with a can opener to open a can of tomato paste...

Meanwhile behind Baha, Mohamed fights with a can opener to open a can of tomato paste…

Eshaan and Mohamed work together to build the layers to their lasagna in the kitchen...

Eshaan and Mohamed work together to build the layers to their lasagna in the kitchen…

...as Br. Salah and his team of helpers (Karim, Yazan, and Mohamed) build their lasagna in the multipurpose room!

…as Br. Salah and his team of helpers (Karim, Yazan, and Mohamed) build their lasagna in the multipurpose room!

A few extra shreds of cheese are thrown on top before the lasagna hits the oven!

A few extra shreds of cheese are thrown on top before the lasagna hits the oven!

As our lasagna bakes, Ahmad gets to work on the cards to give to the recipients of our dish.

As our lasagna bakes, Ahmad gets to work on the cards to give to the recipients of our dish.

Br. Salah teaches Elyas and Omar the fine art of rolling lasagna carefully to freeze it in place...

Br. Salah teaches Elyas and Omar the fine art of rolling lasagna carefully to freeze it in place…

The finished product! Does that not look delicious?!?

The finished product! Does that not look delicious?!?

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