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

A couple of weeks back, our teens took part in a discussion on Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and his difficult journey from Mecca to the city of Taif. This journey was not one taken on a paved highway with a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to transport him; nope, he traveled by foot through the hot Arabian desert to visit the city of Taif looking for support from the city dwellers. Instead Prophet Muhammad was greeted harshly and run out of the city. Imagine what it would feel like to have to walk up rough terrain/hills in the hot desert heat. It’s hard to. On Friday evening, our teens had the opportunity to take part in a fun activity attempting to climb up a rocky climbing wall in the Purdue Co-Rec. While this in no way can simulate the difficulty of walking through rough terrain in the hot heat to reach one’s destination, it did give our teens a little bit of an appreciation for the difficulty Prophet Muhammad experienced on his journey from Mecca to Taif more than 14 centuries ago.

Omar steadies himself, takes a deep breath, and begins the climb upwards.

Omar steadies himself, takes a deep breath, and begins the climb upwards.

He's halfway to the top!

He’s halfway to the top!

Success! Now how do I get down from here?!

Success! Now how do I get down from here?!

Talal begins the ascent...why does the top look so far away!!!

Talal begins the ascent…why does the top look so far away!!!

Should I keep climbing or go back down to find cookies? Cookies, always go for the cookies.

Should I keep climbing or go back down to find cookies? Cookies, always go for the cookies.

Talal climbed to the top of one of the hardest walls ma shaa Allah. He earned a well-deserved round of applesauce for his efforts.

Talal climbed to the top of one of the hardest walls ma shaa Allah. He earned a well-deserved round of applesauce for his efforts.

Salah ponders his next move carefully...

Salah ponders his next move carefully…

Checkmate! Salah conquers Mount CoRec.

Checkmate! Salah conquers Mount CoRec.

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