Awards Ceremony – Saturday, August 7, 2010

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Today, we held our Summer 2010 Re-cap and Awards Ceremony. Each one of the brothers received a personally-named youth group t-shirt and a small mushaf (Qur’an). Below is a re-cap of the winners for the different awards:

Overall winner: Mohaned Badawi (earned 684 out of 743 possible points)

Second-place: Abdel Rahman Badawi (earned 654 points)

Third-place: Mujtaba Siddiqui (538 points)

Daily Congregational Prayer Top Attendance (received prayer rug and Qur’an/book stand):

  • Mohaned
  • Abdel Rahman
  • Mujtaba
  • Murtaza Siddiqui

Top Athlete (received a replica of the Adidas Jabulani ball):

  • Mohaned

Islamic Jeopardy Competition Winner (received Border’s gift card):

  • Mohaned

Community Food Drive Top Team (earned Red Lobster gift card):

  • Abdel Rahman
  • Hasan Abdelwahab
  • Tasawwar Farooq

Baked Goods Fundraiser Top Earners (earned box of Masri Sweets):

  • Abdel Rahman
  • Ali Kais
  • Amr Kais and Hasan received free ice cream from Coldstone Creamery for being the only team to sell all items that they made at the fundraiser.

Top Homemade Ice Cream Concoction (received git card to Coldstone Creamery):

  • Tasawwar

Jazakum Allahu Khairan to all of the participating youth, parents, and community members who showed support for the program by attending tonight’s ceremony! Also, jazakum Allahu khairan to the brothers on the EC Board for all of their support with the Summer 2010 youth program.

Itikha’f – Saturday, July 31, 2010

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Ah, the final event of the Summer 2010 Program (not including the Awards Ceremony). This program has been a truly enjoyable experience, especially the opportunity to work with our youth. The final event in the program was an itikha’f program at the ISGL. Itikha’f is an opportunity for one to secure himself/herself in the confines of the masjid to perform acts of worship (reading Qur’an, tahajjud prayer, dhikr, making du’aa).

Activities we were able to conduct with the youth in our itikha’f program included:

  • A few of the youth prepared and delivered short reminders (khatarah) on different topics (etiquettes, importance of Ramadan, acts to perform in the month of Ramadan)

Abdel Rahman delivering a khatarah

  • Youth broke up and began reading Qur’an (or reviewing what they had memorized)

Youth reading Qur'an in the main prayer hall

  • We prayed tahajjud together with each brother leading 2 rak’ah of prayer

Youth praying tahajjud

  • World hunger activity – Salah gave a short talk on the food situation of different communities around the world. It was shocking to learn that several countries around the world survive on less than $2/day. After the discussion, we wrote the names of different countries covered in the discussion on the back of paper plates. Youth came and randomly selected a plate. Based on the plate chosen, each youth received a different quantity of pizza (from 1/2 a slice all the way to 6 slices) and drink (no drink, water, or soda). All of the youth who received a large quantity of pizza and multiple sodas ended up sharing their food with those youth who received less. The idea was to demonstrate to the youth the importance of thanking Allah, azza wa jal, for our blessings and to instill the idea of giving to those less fortunate. Alhamdulillah, the youth seemed to grasp the message.

Tasawwar and Hasan enjoying pizza and pop

  • Quick game of indoor soccer
  • Sleep (at least for the volunteers; the youth were too energized)

After praying Fajr prayer the on Sunday morning, the young brothers headed home for a nice (long) nap.

Islamic Jeopardy – Friday, July 30, 2010

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Quick question: What was Abu Bakr, radi Allahu anhu, (Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, closest companion) real name?

Last week, after the Home Re-modeling Workshop, the youth were each given a packet of information to study. Today, the youth arrived at the ISGL for a friendly competition of Islamic Jeopardy. Questions were formed based on the information provided in the study packets. Topics covered in today’s competition were:

  • Companions of Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam
  • Fair Oaks Farms
  • Important dates on the Hijri (lunar) calendar
  • Mothers of the believers
  • Muslim scholars
  • Muslim scientists
  • Muslim athletes
  • Prophets sent to mankind
  • Rituals of Hajj

Youth used buzzers to compete against one another to be the first to correctly answer questions. Initially the competition was a close race between Mohaned, Abdel Rahman, and Tasawwar. After the final Jeopardy question, however, Mohaned ran away with the game, earning a game-high total of 7100 points. Congratulations to Mohaned on his win in Islamic Jeopardy.

Oh yeah, you might be wondering what the answer is to the question asked at the beginning of this post. What was Abu Bakr, radi Allahu anhu, real name?

Answer: Abdullah bin Abi Quhafa, radi Allahu anhu

Outdoor soccer – Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Soccer (or futbol if you prefer) is perhaps the world’s most popular sport. Nearly 13 million people tuned in this year just to watch the U.S. men’s soccer team earn a 1:1 draw versus England. All the sport really requires is a ball and something to make goal posts (shoes, cones, sticks, bags). Not surprisingly, soccer is also the favorite activity of our youth in West Lafayette. Due to the fact that our youth, to this point, have done a phenomenal job with the Summer 2010 program, we decided to let the youth choose their activity for today. Not surprisingly, the youth voted to play soccer.

After Asr prayer at the ISGL, we walked to the grassy area next to the tennis courts (across from the RSC). The youth quickly divided into teams and began working to score goals. We used the same rules as indoor soccer (games were decided by the first team to score two goals) with one twist. Any game which ended in a tie after ten minutes (assuming no team scored two goals by then) led to a penalty shootout.

We were fortunate to play 5 matches before rain started to fall. There were several terrific individual performances. Hasan earned co-MVP honors with Mohaned. Hasan was part of all 5 winning teams scoring 1 goal. Mohaned was part of 4 winning teams scoring the winning goal in the fifth match. Mohaned also stopped all five penalty kicks from the opposing team preserving victory twice.

Home Re-modeling Workshop – Saturday, July 24, 2010

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Today the sky was overcast and rain looked imminent; however, as 6:00 PM rolled around (with no rain falling), the youth converged on Salah’s house (or homes to be accurate) for our youth group event. Salah and his brother Ibrahim were kind enough to give a  tour of an old two-story house they were working to re-model. The youth had the opportunity to learn about the stages in which a house is built (starting with the foundation) along with tools used in construction (i.e. saw zaw, circular saw, power drill, nail gun, palm nailer).

Using the concepts(foundation, beam, joist, studs) discussed by Salah during the tour of the house being re-modeled, the youth worked to construct a mini-model home.  The process began with a drawing by the youth of the type of house they wanted to construct:

Rough sketch of mini-model home

After receiving approval from Salah, the youth began construction of the mini-model home.

Building under construction

Unfortunately rain started to fall outside, forcing the workshop to continue indoors. As Maghrib prayer approached, the youth came to the conclusion that we were not going to be able to complete the mini-model home today. As we began wrapping up for the day, the youth took a moment to capture a great ending photo of the activity:

Parting shot of today's activity

Baked Goods Fundraiser – Friday, July 23, 2010

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Today, the youth worked with their parents to prepare sweets and lunch items. These items were for sold by the youth at the baked goods fundraiser after jumm’ah prayer. The youth teamed up in pairs of two attempting to sell the most items to raise  funds to support future youth group activities.

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

  • Rice and chicken combo plate (made by Abdel Rahman and Ali)
  • Zatir, fata’ir, samosa, and cookies platter (made by Mohaned and Tasawwar)
  • Kabob and veggie rolls (made by Mujtaba and Murtaza)
  • Bakhlava and sweet triangle of cheese (made by Amr and Hasan)

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

Wallyball – Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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The youth met at the masjid for Asr prayer today. After the prayer was over, we walked to the RSC to play wallyball for an hour. Wallyball is an interesting game – a merge between volleyball and handball it would appear. The game of wallyball is played indoors, uses a net (similar to volleyball), and a bouncy ball (slightly smaller than a regular volleyball). The game is played between two teams; each team consists of 3-5 individuals. For today’s activity, each match was played to 15 points. Points can only be scored on offense (i.e. the team serving the wallyball).

Due to the fact that the game is played indoors, there are a number of ways by which a point ends:

  • Ace (serve the ball and the opposing team fails to send the ball back to your court)
  • Team touches the ball more than three times on one possession before sending the ball across the net to the opposing team
  • Ball hits the back wall of the opposing team
  • Ball touches two different walls (i.e. ball hits the left wall, right wall, then falls to ground)

The cool thing about the game of wallyball is that you can use the walls. This allows for quick changes in ball direction and speed, adding an exciting element not found in volleyball.

We were able to play 7 games before time ran out. Mohaned earned MVP honors for his performance in leading his team to victory in 6 games.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan to Abu Mohaned and Abu Mujtaba for joining us for today’s activity!

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