Itikha’f & Video Game Tourney – Saturday, July 13, 2013

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) audience members,

Tonight marked the second-to-last event of our unbelievable IYG Halalapalooza 2013 Program. As the weather was hot outdoors and our youth needed to finish one last 60-minute workout for the summer, we decided to conduct a video game tournament…in the multipurpose room of the ISGL. As cooks prepared food for tonight’s community iftar in the kitchens nearby, our youngins’ tried their best not to get distracted by the wonderful aroma escaping the confines of the kitchens. After the tournament concluded, we focused on the main program for the evening – itikha’f. Now young people often equate itikha’ with a giant sleepover. Though sleep is part of the equation, the focus of itikha’f is to seclude oneself (in the masjid) away from potential distractions to focus on improving one’s personal relationship with their Creator. This was a common practice of Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (peace be upon him), during the month of Ramadan, in particular during the final ten nights. For our itikha’f, we used a healthy mix of youth-driven discussions, lending a hand during the community iftar, taraweeh prayer, recitation and reflection of Surah Ar-Rahman from the Qur’an, and an unplanned late-night qiyam session. Sleep was not part of the equation for these young lads (well until after Fajr prayer at least) tonight as you’ll find out in the pictures below:

Gather around everyone! Ahmed and Mohamed are about to explain the rules for the video game tourney.

Gather around everyone! Ahmed and Mohamed are about to explain the rules for the video game tourney.

 

A pink lighting bolt blasts off of Ahmed's hand towards our giant screen.

A pink lighting bolt blasts off of Ahmed’s hand towards our giant screen.

 

Muhammad jumps for joy...because he lost!

Muhammad jumps for joy…because he lost!

 

Discussion time! Today's topic - name one good deed we can do or one bad deed we can stay away from during the month of Ramadan to come closer to the Mercy of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala.

Discussion time! Today’s topic – name one good deed we can do or one bad deed we can stay away from during the month of Ramadan to come closer to the Mercy of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala.

 

Mustafa shares a gem with the group as Nurideen chillaxes awaiting his turn.

Mustafa shares a gem with the group as Nurideen chillaxes awaiting his turn.

 

Post-discussion our youth perform a practice presentation for next week's Muslim HEROES oral presentation. Up first, Team Mali Relief!

Post-discussion our youth perform a practice presentation for next week’s Muslim HEROES oral presentation. Up first, Team Mali Relief!

 

Team Moore follows close after with their project to support the tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

Team Moore follows close after with their project to support the tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

 

After a delicious meal for iftar and praying Isha and taraweeh prayer, our youth needed to sit down for a late-night Qur'an session. Hey, someone wake-up Muhammad!

After a delicious meal for iftar and praying Isha and taraweeh prayer, our youth needed to sit down for a late-night Qur’an session. Hey, someone wake-up Muhammad!

 

Some youth decided to get comfy while taking part in our recitation of Surah Ar-Rahman.

Some youth decided to get comfy while taking part in our recitation of Surah Ar-Rahman.

 

Meet my friend...THE FROG!!!

Meet my friend…THE FROG!!!

 

Umm yes a pillow fight broke out soon thereafter...shhhhhh be quiet guys, Ahmed is sleeping!

Umm yes a pillow fight broke out soon thereafter…shhhhhh be quiet guys, Ahmed is sleeping!

 

After unsuccessfully trying to sleep, our bleary-eyed young men sit down before dawn for suhoor as they get ready to fast another day in Ramadan.

After unsuccessfully trying to sleep, our bleary-eyed young men sit down before dawn for suhoor as they get ready to fast another day in Ramadan.

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Restaurant Hope – Friday, July 12, 2013

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

Yes or no? Everyday many of us have the choice or choosing the type of food we want to eat. One day a chicken sandwich may be what we’re craving while another day we’re experiencing a deep desire for mom’s famous homemade biryani. While many people get to enjoy the freedom of choosing what food they want to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there are many members of our community who don’t get to experience this privilege. Unable to afford the cost of raw materials to make their favorite dish or lacking the funds to order a meal from a local restaurant, these members of our community often have to rely upon the generosity of soup kitchens, shelters, and religious organizations to find a meal for that day. However, when they walk through the doors of the soup kitchen, shelter, or religious center, they are often stuck eating whatever meal was prepared that day (regardless if they like the food or not). As Muslims around the world embark on a 29 or 30 day journey in the month of Ramadan trying to come closer to the Mercy, Forgiveness, and Reward of their Creator, we are also given insight into the daily struggles of the homeless, the under-served, and underprivileged members of our community struggling to find enough food to eat each day. As Muslims deny their bodies food and drink during the daylight hours, we get to experience the strong pangs of hunger and that deep desire for water to quench our thirst. However our hunger pangs get taken care of with a generous meal after sunset. For the underprivileged members of our community, sunset may serve only as a reminder that one more day has ended and they were fortunate to survive with whatever food rations they had with them.

In order to give members of our community the dignity of choice (to choose what they wanted to eat) and enjoy a meal of their liking, members of the ISGL Youth Group opened our first-ever Restaurant Hope today. The dining area and kitchen at the Lafayette Transitional Housing (LTH) complex was transformed by our youth into a full-service restaurant. Tonight our youth didn’t just serve a meal for hungry members of our community; they also provided a dose of hope and a friendly smile to our guests in the hopes of brightening up their day. We hope the photos below inspire you to consider opening up your very own Restaurant Hope in your community:

Salah dishes out team responsibilities before being bombarded with questions. Ahmed appears distracted by the camera flashing in his face.

Salah dishes out team responsibilities before being bombarded with questions. Ahmed appears distracted by the camera flashing in his face.

 

Mujtaba surrounded by our raw materials. "Wait I have to cook all of this food by myself! HELLLLLPPPPP!"

Mujtaba surrounded by our raw materials. “Wait I have to cook all of this food by myself! HELLLLLPPPPP!”

Raad sets up the table for dinner service...

Raad sets up the table for dinner service…

 

...as Mustafa discovers a rather sticky situation! Three forks have decided they don't want to leave each other's company...

…as Mustafa discovers a rather sticky situation! Three forks have decided they don’t want to leave each other’s company…

 

Murtaza dons a pair of very fashionable purple latex gloves to begin food prep.

Murtaza dons a pair of very fashionable purple latex gloves to begin food prep.

 

Meanwhile Shujath and Mohamed peel potatoes for our mashed potato side dish.

Meanwhile Shujath and Mohamed peel potatoes for our mashed potato side dish.

 

...while Omar carefully watches the chicken boil in a pot (something smells good!)...

…while Omar carefully watches the chicken boil in a pot (something smells good!)…

 

...Adil and Mujtaba carefully cut fruits and veggies for our salad options...

…Adil and Mujtaba carefully cut fruits and veggies for our salad options…

 

...Nurideen gets to work making our fruit juice for the evening service...

…Nurideen gets to work making our fruit juice for the evening service…

 

...Ahmed enjoys a tangy experience with his Tang concoction...

…Ahmed enjoys a tangy experience with his Tang concoction…

 

...Chef Mohamed checks the cheesiness of our mac-and-cheese dish...

…Chef Mohamed checks the cheesiness of our mac-and-cheese dish…

 

As Raad and Mustafa put their creative mind together to create a door sign for our restaurant...

As Raad and Mustafa put their creative mind together to create a door sign for our restaurant…

 

We're officially open for business!  Come on in!

We’re officially open for business! Come on in!

 

What would you like to order tonight?

What would you like to order tonight?

 

Abdelrahman begins calling out our first dinner orders for the evening!

Abdelrahman begins calling out our first dinner orders for the evening!

 

Chefs Adil and Murtaza put the final touches on a customer's order.

Chefs Adil and Murtaza put the final touches on a customer’s order.

 

Muhammad guards the Jello pudding until the next dinner order is ready.

Muhammad guards the Jello pudding until the next dinner order is ready.

 

Server Mustafa eagerly carries a plate of food to a hungry customer.

Server Mustafa eagerly carries a plate of food to a hungry customer.

 

Our team of superheroes enters their secret vehicle ride off into the sunset. Great work gentlemen!

Our team of superheroes enters their secret vehicle ride off into the sunset. Great work gentlemen!

Camp Taqwa – Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) IYGers, readers, writers, and fellow bloggers,

Earlier today, our youth took a trip south to a beautiful treasure known as Turkey Run State Park. After spending the past few weeks of summer cooped up in Tippecanoe County, today served as a reward for our hard-working young men. After rising earrrrrrrlllyyy in the morning, packing a hearty lunch, and running a few laps around the house to get the muscles warmed up, our youth arrived at the ISGL excited for Camp Taqwa. Camp Taqwa included many fun activities (did anyone say canoeing through a rain storm?), several important bonding moments (none better than trying to link together 4 canoes parallel to one another down a creek), many smiles/laughs, and multiple educational lessons on topics ranging from the power of unity/teamwork to describing a characteristic called taqwa. Against a breath-taking backdrop of green trees, cool water, and rocky hills, our youth gained a deeper appreciation for the majesty and power of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala. We hope you enjoy the photo tour below from our IYG Camp Taqwa trip:

We have arrived! Ahmed let's you know he's totally awesome. Nabeel looks quite focused and composed on the fence in the background.

We have arrived! Ahmed let’s you know he’s totally awesome. Nabeel looks quite focused and composed on the fence in the background.

On the long road to go pick up our gear for canoeing. Did anyone see where the creek went?

On the long road to go pick up our gear for canoeing. Did anyone see where the creek went?

Tassawar finds a wudu station! Dude you can't wash your feet if they're still in your shoes!

Tassawar finds a wudu station! Dude you can’t wash your feet if they’re still in your shoes!

Nabeel acts out our first lesson for today - SMILE (but don't give a creepy handshake please).

Nabeel acts out our first lesson for today – SMILE (but don’t give a creepy handshake please).

Abdelrahman, Muhammad, and Shujath check out the inner workings of a kayak. They found a resident spider hanging out at the bottom, yikes!

Abdelrahman, Muhammad, and Shujath check out the inner workings of a kayak. They found a resident spider hanging out at the bottom, yikes!

Our beautiful tour bus is ready to transport us to Sugar Creek for canoeing! Sadly our electronic devices can't come because they failed to dress properly for canoeing.

Our beautiful tour bus is ready to transport us to Sugar Creek for canoeing! Sadly our electronic devices can’t come because they failed to dress properly for canoeing.

Mom! Dad! We survived the canoe trip (but did get a tad bit wet as you can tell)...

Mom! Dad! We survived the canoe trip (but did get a tad bit wet as you can tell)…

...well everything survived except for Abdelrahman's shoe. Somewhere in Sugar Creek lies his sneaker, may it rest in peace.

…well everything survived except for Abdelrahman’s shoe. Somewhere in Sugar Creek lies his sneaker, may it rest in peace.

Look what I found! Mohamed presents a few sea shells he found by the sea (errr we mean creek )shore.

Look what I found! Mohamed presents a few sea shells he found by the sea (errr we mean creek )shore.

Our youth jump back into the barakah-mobiles. The cameraman pulls a prank on our youngsters much to their pleasure.

Our youth jump back into the barakah-mobiles. The cameraman pulls a prank on our youngsters much to their pleasure.

Lunch time! Murtaza gleefully devours a sandwich as he re-charges his batteries for our next stop.

Lunch time! Murtaza gleefully devours a sandwich as he re-charges his batteries for our next stop.

Mujtaba, Murtaza, and Mustafa walk towards the Nature Center in Turkey Run State Park. I wonder what's inside?

Mujtaba, Murtaza, and Mustafa walk towards the Nature Center in Turkey Run State Park. I wonder what’s inside?

Well right here we have a young squirrel enjoying his lunch in a log...

Well right here we have a young squirrel enjoying his lunch in a log…

...followed by a purple bird catching a few rays of sunshine on the rocks...

…followed by a purple bird catching a few rays of sunshine on the rocks…

...as a few of our guys find a table full of cool items...

…as a few of our guys find a table full of cool items…

...including this way cool bone that is almost as tall as Shujath!

…including this way cool bone that is almost as tall as Shujath!

In another room, Mujtaba, Murtaza, and Abdelrahman watch honeybees making fresh honey...

In another room, Mujtaba, Murtaza, and Abdelrahman watch honeybees making fresh honey…

...followed by a snapping turtle swimming...

…followed by a snapping turtle swimming…

...while Murtaza catches a quick movie about hummingbirds.

…while Murtaza catches a quick movie about hummingbirds.

Time to hit the trails! We have important guests waiting for us...

Time to hit the trails! We have important guests waiting for us…

Horsies! We're going on a saddle trail! Saddle up lads, this trip is about to get bumpy...

Horsies! We’re going on a saddle trail! Saddle up lads, this trip is about to get bumpy…

Salah leads the way for our trip. Everything looks pretty straightforward for now...

Salah leads the way for our trip. Everything looks pretty straightforward for now…

...but things get a little bit hazy as we start climbing a hill...

…but things get a little bit hazy as we start climbing a hill…

...followed by Salah's horse walking off the trail...

…followed by Salah’s horse walking off the trail…

...but things go back to normal as Mohamed and his horse move past Martha...

…but things go back to normal as Mohamed and his horse move past Martha…

...after 4 miles of walking both Ahmed and his pal needed a drink of water.

…after 4 miles of walking both Ahmed and his pal needed a drink of water.

Back on dry ground, our guys look for a place to clean up before continuing our journey. Hey look, there's a hotel in front of us! I wonder what is inside?

Back on dry ground, our guys look for a place to clean up before continuing our journey. Hey look, there’s a hotel in front of us! I wonder what is inside?

Tassawar and Salah lead a charge of youth to finish a tricky puzzle.

Tassawar and Salah lead a charge of youth to finish a tricky puzzle.

Meanwhile Ahmed and Shujath spar over a giant checkerboard.

Meanwhile Ahmed and Shujath spar over a giant checkerboard.

Shujath stops to give a bear hug to a rather friendly bald eagle.

Shujath stops to give a bear hug to a rather friendly bald eagle.

After leaving the hotel, our guys head down a flight of steps to an unknown destination...

After leaving the hotel, our guys head down a flight of steps to an unknown destination…

...after a few turns in the path, the guys find themselves standing in a beautiful gorge...

…after a few turns in the path, the guys find themselves standing in a beautiful gorge…

...followed by crossing a mini creek...

…followed by crossing a mini creek…

...that led to crossing a wooden log...

…that led to crossing a wooden log…

...leading to us crossing another creek...

…leading to us crossing another creek…

...before arriving back at Sugar Creek where our day began!

…before arriving back at Sugar Creek where our day began!

We continued our journey along another trail...

We continued our journey along another trail…

...which involved taking 70 steps down...

…which involved taking 70 steps down…

...to a cool wooden suspension bridge!

…to a cool wooden suspension bridge!

Sadly the bridge was closed for repairs so we couldn't cross it.

Sadly the bridge was closed for repairs so we couldn’t cross it.

So our youth decided why not skip a few rocks since we're near the water anyway?

So our youth decided why not skip a few rocks since we’re near the water anyway?

Our youth gathered at a spot known as Sunset Point for a discussion on taqwa, its definition, and how to attain it.

Our youth gathered at a spot known as Sunset Point for a discussion on taqwa, its definition, and how to attain it.

In the meantime Salah began preparations for dinner...

In the meantime Salah began preparations for dinner…

...before our tired, hungry youth sat down for a well-deserved dinner.

…before our tired, hungry youth sat down for a well-deserved dinner.

Hey what's the fire for?

Hey what’s the fire for?

SMORE'S! What a sweet way to end Camp Taqwa!

SMORE’S! What a sweet way to end Camp Taqwa!

Ultimate Frisbee – Friday, July 5, 2013

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) dear parents and youth,

Finally, ALHAMDULILLAH! After several rainy events, we were greeted with warm rays of spectacular sunshine this afternoon. Why was this so important? Well you can’t really enjoy the game of Ultimate Frisbee indoors…believe us, we’ve tried it before.

Today’s IYG event began with a race for water; yes you read that statement correctly. We began the event with a race for water. Each attendee was given a cherry red cup and asked one-by-one to go fill the cup with water from a water fountain near the ISGL entrance. As our timekeepers Mujtaba and Nurideen watched on, youth raced to earn the title of “Water Cup Filler to the Top Champ” (yes that is a mouthful,we know). Our fastest racer was able to complete the task in under 20 seconds. However there was one problem; he forgot to actually put water in the cup! On average, it took our youth about 30 seconds to walk to the water fountain, fill the cup halfway with water, and walk back to the timekeeper. Why was this exercise so important? Besides earning bragging points (and the cool official title of “Water Cup Filler to the Top Champ”), the activity was a practical example of how easy it is to earn a ton of reward. How? Well in a few days the month of Ramadan will begin in shaa Allah (God-willing). Ramadan is a sacred month in which Muslims (who are able to) give up food and drink (including water) during the daylight hours (from just before sunrise to sunset). It is an opportunity to develop a closer relationship with our Creator, Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, by increasing in our worship of Him and by serving others. A hidden gem within this month is that every single day you can earn a double reward for fasting. Say what? It’s the truth! You see when you fast, naturally there is a reward you get from Allah for fasting. However we can double the reward if we help to feed another person who is fasting too! Don’t believe us? Check out this cool authentic narration from the Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam:

“Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any deduction coming from the fasting person’s reward.” (Recorded by At-Tirmidhi)

Thus by giving a friend, family member, or fellow IYG member a cup of water when the time comes for breaking the fast in Ramadan, we can earn double the reward (one reward for our own fasting and one additional reward for feeding another person who was fasting). Given that it took our youth only 30 seconds to fill a cup of water (whereas it would 16+ hours just to fast one entire day in Ramadan this year), that is a pretty amazing reward!

After our brief discussion, our youth broke up into teams in order to play 60 heart-pumping minutes of Ultimate Frisbee. Our youth competed hard as they ran up and down the field, catching, throwing, and defending. Once the game was over, our young men moved back into the cool confines of the ISGL to vote on their favorite finished art product from last Friday’s IYG Pottery Fest. Though words could paint a pretty picture, we’ll let the pictures tell the whole story of Friday’s festivities:

Abdelrahman calls his mates over for a team huddle (or group hug, we're not 100% sure).

Abdelrahman calls his mates over for a team huddle (or group hug, we’re not 100% sure).

"Hey you, get back," yells Abdelrahman to lil' bro Nurideen. Meanwhile Mujtaba gets ready to kick-of (or should we say throw-off?) the game.

“Hey you, get back,” yells Abdelrahman to lil’ bro Nurideen. Meanwhile Mujtaba gets ready to kick-of (or should we say throw-off?) the game.

Ahmed bends his knees and gets ready to delicately toss the frisbee to someone waving their hand in the distance. Let's hope those folks are Ahmed's teammates!

Ahmed bends his knees and gets ready to delicately toss the frisbee to someone waving their hand in the distance. Let’s hope those folks are Ahmed’s teammates!

Mustafa concentrates as the frisbee comes flying in for a landing!

Mustafa concentrates as the frisbee comes flying in for a landing!

Nabeel and Nurideen pursue the floating frisbee.

Nabeel and Nurideen pursue the floating frisbee.

Oh no! The frisbee  hit the grass for a turnover.

Oh no! The frisbee hit the grass for a turnover.

SCOORREEEEE!!! Mujtaba slides backwards into the end zone in front of defensive stalwart Murtaza.

SCOORREEEEE!!! Mujtaba slides backwards into the end zone in front of defensive stalwart Murtaza.

Inside the friendly space of the ISGL, Mohamed and Shujath try to balance a frisbee on top of our orange cones. Looks like we have a winner!

Inside the friendly space of the ISGL, Mohamed and Shujath try to balance a frisbee on top of our orange cones. Looks like we have a winner!

Spiderman, Superman, and...Sponge Bob? Meet our IYG artists artwork! Which one looks the best to you?

Spiderman, Superman, and…Sponge Bob? Meet our IYG artists’ artwork! Which one looks the best to you?

Community Picnic – Sunday, June 30, 2013

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) readers,

June is a perfect month for a trip to your local park to fire up the ol’ barbeque grill and enjoy a nice picnic. It is especially fun if you invite a few good friends (or say your entire community) to come join you at the picnic. In collaboration with the ISGL, Islamic Education Board, and ICAN Youth, the ISGL Youth Group enjoyed spending a day with parents, youth, students, and non-students alike at our Community Picnic at Happy Hollow Park. As the pictures captured below show, there was plenty of food and fun for everyone who attended:

Ajmal enjoys a moment of silence before airmailing the volleyball to his opponents.

Ajmal enjoys a moment of silence before airmailing the volleyball to his opponents.

Youngsters and adults gleefully chase after a soccer ball.

Youngsters and adults gleefully chase after a soccer ball.

Hungry brothers from the community pack the picnic shelter eager to devour plates of delicious food.

Hungry brothers from the community pack the picnic shelter eager to devour plates of delicious food.

Could we entice you with a juicy hot dog, piece of grilled chicken, or a side of rice?

Could we entice you with a juicy hot dog, piece of grilled chicken, or a side of rice?

The food was so good it made our cameraman woozy!

The food was so good it made our cameraman woozy!

Jazakum Allahu Khairan to all of the volunteers and donors who contributed to make this picnic a successful event!

Muslim HEROES Case Presentations – Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) fellow blogger, reader, and everyone else in between,

Last week, our youth learned that the Muslim community as a whole (from Australia to the U.S.A to Russia to South Africa) is like one giant body. When any part of that body is hurting, the entire body feels the pain suffered by that one part. The reality is that in today’s current situation, there are many people around the world who are suffering both in lands populated by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. A key lesson from the many life lessons taught to us by Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (peace be upon him), is that we must show concern and care for anybody who is suffering – from the orphan who has lost their parents to the family who has lost their home due to a natural/manmade disaster. There are a lot of people who could use a helping hand and the members of the IYG are hoping to be there to provide that hand. Our mentors challenged our youth to spend 1-2 weeks researching and learning more about a case they felt a desire to raise awareness and money for. Today was the day our youth presented their cases to their fellow IYG buddies before we decided as a group the top three cases we would try to work on over the remainder of our summer program. From the civil war in Syria to the tornadoes that struck Moore, Oklahoma our youth did a fantastic job shedding light on several cases we all could lend a helping hand to:

Shujath begins the slew of presentations with a case for the victims of the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Shujath begins the slew of presentations with a case for the victims of the ongoing civil war in Syria.

 

Raad steps up and  sheds light on the devastation caused by the tornadoes that hit Moore, Oklahoma.

Raad steps up and sheds light on the devastation caused by the tornadoes that hit Moore, Oklahoma.

 

Nabeel launches a PowerPoint presentation about the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Nabeel launches a PowerPoint presentation about the ongoing crisis in Syria.

 

Murtaza explains the heart-breaking story of Hurricane Sandy and the lives it touched.

Murtaza explains the heart-breaking story of Hurricane Sandy and the lives it touched.

 

After an intense voting session, Team Moore was formed to raise awareness and funds for the tornadoes that struck Moore, Oklahoma.

After an intense voting session, Team Moore was formed to raise awareness and funds for the tornadoes that struck Moore, Oklahoma.

 

Meet the Mali Relief team!

Meet the Mali Relief team!

 

Team Mali Relief wastes no time getting started designing their team's flyer and poster presentation.

Team Mali Relief wastes no time getting started designing their team’s flyer and poster presentation.

 

Team Moore searches for pics of Superman for their poster...

Team Moore searches for pics of Superman for their poster…

 

Mujtaba does intense research on the ongoing crisis in Mali.

Mujtaba does intense research on the ongoing crisis in Mali.

 

A perfect end to tonight's IYG event as we observe another beautiful sign of Allah's Might and Majesty - a rainbow!

A perfect end to tonight’s IYG event as we observe another beautiful sign of Allah’s Might and Majesty – a rainbow!

To say our mentors were impressed by the presentations prepared by our youth would be a serious understatement. The time, dedication, and effort which went forth in creating each case was quite apparent with each presentation. We look forward to seeing what Team Mali Relief, Team Moore, and Team Syria Relief put forward in the coming weeks with their poster presentations and fundraising efforts. Keep up the great work guys!

IYG Pottery Fest – Friday, June 28, 2013

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) parents and youngsters,

Rain, rain go away! Come again another day (please, there we asked nicely)! Today marked the third straight youth event where the skies opened up and rain poured mercifully down around us alhamdulillah. Fortunately today’s activity was indoors to begin with otherwise we would have had to deal with some sour-faced youth. Art is an avenue of personal expression and can take many forms from drawing to painting to pottery. Today the young men of the IYG got to experience drawing, painting, AND pottery as they tried to transform a 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch ceramic tile into their very own masterpiece. After being given a blank white tile, a palate of different colored paints, and a few basic rules our young men were off to the races to design the coolest tile the city of West Lafayette had ever seen. What our mentors learned after 2 hours at a pottery studio known as All Fired Up is that we have a few budding artists amongst our youth. Don’t believe us? Well check out the pictures below to see the proof:

Whoa so many pretty colors to choose from...Mohamed, Shujath, Nurideen, and Raad look at the color selection wall in awe.

Whoa so many pretty colors to choose from…Mohamed, Shujath, Nurideen, and Raad look at the color selection wall in awe.

 

Meanwhile Abdelrahman draws out a design for his work of tile art.

Meanwhile Abdelrahman draws out a design for his work of tile art.

 

NO PEEKING! Ahmed sneaks a glance over Murtaza's shoulder as he carefully crafts his masterpiece.

NO PEEKING! Ahmed sneaks a glance over Murtaza’s shoulder as he carefully crafts his masterpiece.

 

Sponge Bob's in the house! Shujath displays his amazing drawing skills for us. Now can he paint Mr. Bob without messing up? We think yes!

Sponge Bob’s in the house! Shujath displays his amazing drawing skills for us. Now can he paint Mr. Bob without messing up? We think yes!

 

Mustafa wastes no time attacking the paint. His tilework looks quite amazing, no? Wei, wei!

Mustafa wastes no time attacking the paint. His tilework looks quite amazing, no? Wei, wei!

 

Raad makes a quick pit stop by the blow dryer to dry off Batman.

Raad makes a quick pit stop by the blow dryer to dry off Batman.

 

Superhero showdown! Mohamed and Abdelrahman paint the Superman and Flash logos on their respective tiles. Which will emerge as the victor?

Superhero showdown! Mohamed and Abdelrahman paint the Superman and Flash logos on their respective tiles. Which will emerge as the victor?

 

Cotton candy, meet chocolate! Our young artists, Raad and Shujath, dig into a well-deserved sweet treat at Coldstone Creamery after finishing pottery class for the evening.

Cotton candy, meet chocolate! Our young artists, Raad and Shujath, dig into a well-deserved sweet treat at Coldstone Creamery after finishing pottery class for the evening.

Check in next week to see the finished products of our youth’s artwork after they get a coat of glaze!

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