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

Yes you read the title correctly…our final IYG teens event engaged our lively youth in an interesting discussion with our mentors on the topic of the first Pledge of Aqabah (while we enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant, HuHot!). The framework of this famous pledge, from the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), is very interesting as it puts into place measures to worship Allah alone and to protect society from certain social ills (including not stealing, not committing murder, not committing indecent acts, and avoiding improper relationships). Interestingly many of our youth often think that the society that Prophet Muhammad lived in was extremely different from our own society (thus finding it hard to relate to lessons taken from the seerah). While indeed there is some truth to this statement, the social ills/peer pressure that impacts the lives of youth in our times are in fact some of the same social ills that faced young people in Prophet Muhammad’s society. A critical component for our youth is to find a productive way to deal with these challenges rather than being afraid of dealing with them (for fear of being isolated form friends or unfairly judged for holding onto certain ideals). The seerah contains within it many practical tips and lessons on how to deal with these challenges and gaining strength from the experiences of Prophet Muhammad and his companions. Part of our goal for our IYG teens program was to make the seerah a practical, relateable experience for our youth throughout our discussion this semester. As our end-of-semester meal at HuHot’s taught our mentors, our youth appear to be connecting to this point alhamdulillah! Now onto the delicious food pictures (we know that’s what you’ve really been waiting for!):

Meet the grill master and the master grill (this wheel-like contraption cooked our fusion of veggies, fruits, carbs, and seafood into a jelly good meal...

Meet the grill master and the master grill (this wheel-like contraption cooked our fusion of veggies, fruits, carbs, and seafood into a jelly good meal…

The IYG teen clan chows down on fantastic meals courtesy of the Mongolian grill. Yum yum in our tum tum!

The IYG teen clan chows down on fantastic meals courtesy of the Mongolian grill. Yum yum in our tum tum!

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