End-of-Semester Party – Friday, December 4, 2010

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Alhamdulillah tonight was the final event to the Fall 2010 semester’s set of youth group activities. We met at the ISGL for Isha prayer. After the prayer was finished we gathered all the youth together in the multipurpose room. Tasawwar, Yacoob, and Sharief helped lead a review of the past semester’s activities. We talked about each brother’s favorite activity (no surprise, it was soccer), least favorite activity, and improvements we can make for the future.

For some reason, cheese pizza is a favorite dish for the majority of youth.

After the discussion was over, wen enjoyed pizza, pop, and ice cream. This concludes our Fall 2010 program. In shaa Allah, Salah and Haroon will be working over the next few weeks to put together a program for the youth for Spring 2011. Enjoy winter vacation and stay safe from the cold!


Baked Goods Fundraiser #2 – Friday, November 26, 2010

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The youth group held its second fundraiser today. The youth once again worked with their parents to prepare sweets, drinks, and lunch items. These items were for sold by the youth at the baked goods fundraiser after jumm’ah prayer. Since the weather was cold outside, we ended up holding the baked goods sale in the multipurpose room of the ISGL.

Below is a summary of the great items created by our young brothers and their parents:

  • Rice and chicken combo plate (made by Mujtaba and Murtaza)
  • 3 different types of brownies (Amine, Amir, and Omar)
  • Hershey Kiss Cookies (Yacoob)
  • Yellow Cake (Asim)
  • Namora (Sharief)
  • Mint and sage tea (Malik)

Jazakum Allahu Khairan to the parents, the participating youth, and the community for supporting today’s activity.

ISGL Youth Group Eid Dinner – Friday, November 19, 2010

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Earlier this week, on Tuesday, our community held our second holiday of the year, Eid-ul-Adha. There was a beautiful Eid sermon delivered by Br. Sohail on the topic of the parent-child relationship. Eid-ul-Adha is a day which commemorates the act of worship Allah, azza wa jal, commanded Prophet Ibrahim, alayhis sallam, to perform with his son Prophet Isma’il, alayhis sallam. After the sermon, there was a nice community breakfast before everyone dispersed.

Tonight, the youth group held its first (of what we hope are many) Eid Dinner. After Isha prayer at the ISGL, we drove to Blue Nile Restaurant on Chauncey Hill. Blue Nile is a cozy restaurant (behind Potbelly’s) with a nice variety of Arabic dishes. They even serve chicken biryani! Each one of the youth ordered a main dish before we went around the (large) table discussing what each brother did for Eid-ul-Adha. After dinner, the youth shared dessert…a nice delicious slice of cheesecake.

Special thanks to Br. Ahmad Kadura for joining us for the Eid Dinner! We would also like to thank Br. Hani, his wife, and the service staff for being excellent hosts for the dinner!

Indoor Soccer – Saturday, November 13, 2010

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The youth returned to the Purdue RSC today for a much-anticipated indoor soccer event. The format for today’s soccer matches was as follows:

  • Two team captains were selected
  • Youth were selected by each captain to be a part of either team 1 or team 2
  • Each game was set to 10 minutes (or the first team to score two goals)
  • Captains determined which position each teammate played

Indoor soccer at the RSC.

After 4 soccer matches, we played one round of World Cup soccer. World Cup soccer is played as follows (thanks to Yacoob for breaking down the rules):

  • Everyone divides up into teams of 2 people (we had 6 teams of two people).
  • One person (to start it was Haroon) serves as the goalkeeper for round one.
  • The goalkeeper tosses the soccer ball in a random direction and all teams scramble to gain possession of the ball.
  • Each team must work to score a goal on the goalkeeper while avoiding losing the ball in traffic (as other teams try to steal the ball).
  • After a team scores a goal, that team’s members sit out (advance to the next round).
  • The goalkeeper tosses the ball again and the remaining teams scramble to score.
  • The team which fails to score a goal in round one is knocked out of the World Cup game.
  • One member of the team which failed to score a goal becomes the new goalkeeper.
  • The remaining teams again compete to score a goal as round two begins.
  • The team which fails to score a goal is knocked out of the game.
  • The game continues, round after round, until one team emerges victorious after the final round (in which the last two teams compete against one another).

The game is very similar to Knockout in basketball. Each team tries to knock the other teams out of the game by scoring a goal first.

After playing soccer for an hour, we walked back to the masjid for Dhuhr prayer.

ISGL Cleaning – Saturday, November 6, 2010

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We are really blessed alhamdulillah to have our local masjid (the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette) on the campus of Purdue University.

Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette

The convenient location allows students and staff working at Purdue University the opportunity to pray the five daily prayers at the masjid. Due to the high volume of traffic entering the ISGL, it is critical to make sure the facility is clean for everyone to use. To help pitch in and assist in keeping the ISGL a clean facility, the youth worked together today to clean and re-organize two of the prayer halls. The youth split up into two teams. One team was tasked with vacuuming the carpet and clean/re-organizing the book shelves in the small prayer hall. The second team of youth worked to vacuum and clean/re-organize the book shelves in the main prayer hall.

We ask Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, to reward the young brothers for their efforts in cleaning the masjid.

Italian Cooking Night – Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Tonight, the youth had an opportunity to channel their inner Iron Chef and let their creative juices flow. Working together in three separate teams, the youth prepared a two-dish Italian meal. Team 1 (Malik [team leader], Mohamed, and Amine) was responsible for making spaghetti. Team 2 (Mujtaba [team leader], Murtaza, and Asim) was responsible for making grilled cheese sandwiches. Team 3 (Yacoob [team leader], Amir, Ali, and Amr) helped prepare the tomato sauce for the spaghetti.

Below are the items and recipe we used for our Italian Night event:


Items needed:

  • Box of raw spaghetti (or pasta of your choice)
  • Water
  • Salt (we used Morton iodized table salt)
  • Cooking pot


  • Fill the cooking pot halfway with water.
  • Place the cooking pot on the stove and turn on medium heat.
  • When water starts boiling, add raw spaghetti to the pot.
  • Add 1 tablespoon salt.
  • Cook spaghetti for 15-20 minutes (may take more time depending on how much spaghetti you are preparing).
  • Drain the pot and transfer the cooked spaghetti to a serving plate.

Grilled cheese sandwiches

Items needed:

  • One bag of sliced bread (either wheat or white will work fine)
  • One stick of butter
  • One package of sliced American cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • Butter knife
  • Non-stick frying pan


  • Using the butter knife, gently apply butter to one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place the non-stick frying pan on the stove and turn knob to low heat.
  • Place one slice of bread down (butter side facing the pan) on the frying pan.
  • Add a slice of American cheese to the top surface of the bread (in the frying pan).
  • Add a second slice of bread (non-buttered side touching the cheese) to the cheese (making a sandwich).
  • Gently toast the slice of bread in the frying pan for 30-60 seconds (or until surface of bread turns lightly brown).
  • Flip the sandwich over and toast the other side for 30-60 seconds.
  • Remove the sandwich from the frying pan and place in a serving dish.

Spaghetti sauce

Items needed:

  • One 6-ounce container of tomato paste
  • 4 cups of water
  • Iodized salt (Morton)
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of minced oregano (optional)
  • 2 diced tomatoes (optional)
  • 1 diced green bell pepper (can also use yellow or red bell pepper instead)
  • Diced mushrooms (optional)
  • Sauce pan

Team 3 prepared two different types of spaghetti sauce. The recipes for both sauces can be found below.

“Jake’s Special” Recipe:

  • In sauce pan, over medium heat, add water and 6 ounce can of tomato paste.
  • Gently stir in 1/2 of a diced bell pepper and oregano.
  • Add salt to your own personal liking.
  • Allow sauce to simmer for 30 minutes on medium heat. Periodically stir the sauce.
  • Makes 3-5 servings

“Veggie Supreme” Recipe:

  • In sauce pan, over medium heat, add water and 6 ounce can of tomato paste.
  • Gently stir in 1/2 of a diced bell pepper, diced mushrooms, tomatoes, minced garlic, and oregano.
  • Add salt to your own personal liking.
  • Allow sauce to simmer for 30 minutes on medium heat. Periodically stir the sauce.
  • Makes 3-5 servings

The youth did a fantastic job preparing the spaghetti, spaghetti sauces, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Overall, there was plenty of food and it tasted great alhamdulillah!

Dodgeball – Saturday, October 23, 2010

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After a month break to re-evaluate the Fall program, we re-started the program with a friendly set of dodgeball games. Dodgeball is one of those games which everyone can enjoy; it requires little in the way of skill. For those of you who may not familiar with the game of dodgeball, the rules are pretty simple.

Typically, participants are divided into teams (of two in our game); each team is given a zone (half the indoor wallyball court for our game) which they can run around. Small aerodynamic balls (called dodgeballs) are placed at the center of the court, evenly-spaced between the competing teams.  Once the official of the match (Haroon or Salah in our game) blows his/her whistle, individuals from each competing team quickly converge toward the dodgeballs. The object of the game is to knock-out all members of the opposing team. A person is knocked-out of a game when one of the following occurs:

  • One gets hit by a dodgeball (below the shoulders; no head-shots allowed) before the ball makes contact with another object (floor, wall, another dodgeball, another person)
  • You throw a ball that is caught by a member of the opposing team before the ball hits another object (i.e. floor, wall, another dodgeball, another person)

Everyone scrambling for dodgeballs.

Once a person is knocked-out of the game, they move to a designated “non-contact” area of the court. Any player in the “non-contact” area may not be hit with a dodgeball until the current game is completed. Once the current game ends, new teams are formed, and the new game begins!

We tried different versions of the game of dodgeball today to keep the games entertaining. One version we used was called Medic. Medic uses the exact same rules as dodgeball, with one additional rule. Each team chooses one individual on their team to serve as the medic. When a person on your team is hit with a dodgeball, that team member sits down where they were hit (instead of going to the “non-contact” area). The medic then has to run and touch the player that has been hit. Once touched by the medic, the individual can resume playing. The key to winning the game of Medic is to hit the medic with a dodgeball.

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