X Site End-of-Semester Partay – Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you),

Last night our younger youth had the opportunity to enjoy an IYG End-of-Semester party. Today was our older youth’s turn to enjoy their final event for the semester. We headed out on a short road trip down I-65 to X Site for a couple hours of intense laser tag. How intense you ask? Well a goose wanted to join us but we had to politely tell him he couldn’t join us. Don’t believe us? The pictures below prove we speaketh the truth:

We load up the Expedition with our eager youngsters who are ready for an expedition...

We load up the Expedition with our eager youngsters who are ready for an expedition…

 

Ummm so what exactly is the speed limit here? I guess even speed limit signs need a break to rest on Saturday mornings too!

Ummm so what exactly is the speed limit here? It appears even speed limit signs need a break to rest on Saturday mornings too!

 

This goose wanted to join us for laser tag...sadly there is a no goose policy for laser tag :(

“Let me in!” This goose wanted to join us…sadly there is a no goose policy for laser tag 😦

Danyal and Omar get ready for action...is it just us or are they literally glowing in the dark?

Danyal, Murtaza, and Omar get ready for action…is it just us or are they literally glowing in the dark?

Hamza...ready for action!

Hamza…ready for mission #1!

The arena gets a little smokey as Hamza and Danyal square off...

The arena gets a little smokey as Hamza and Danyal square off…

Rules of the game...no smoking huh? Well someone forgot to tell the event staff!

Rules of the game…no smoking huh? Well someone forgot to tell the event staff!

a.k.a The Mentors Lounge!

a.k.a The Mentors Lounge!

Ahmad enjoys an arcade game between laser tag games...

Ahmad enjoys an arcade game between laser tag games…

Hamza wins...50 tickets!

Hamza wins…50 tickets!

Final match of the day...it appears Team Blue totally dominated.

Final match of the day…it appears Team Blue totally dominated.

The guys enjoy a game of FIFA as they await for lunch to arrive.

The guys enjoy a game of FIFA as they await for lunch to arrive.

Mujtaba and Murtaza lead the charge to digest delicious pizza as our youth rejuvenate energy lost during laser tag.

Mujtaba and Murtaza lead the charge to digest delicious pizza as our youth rejuvenate energy lost during laser tag. A hearty thank you to the staff at Parkway Express for hosting our group!

I wonder where our youth are headed?

I wonder where our youth are headed?

Mystery solved! What better way to end our trip than a pit stop at our favorite ice cream store in town, Coldtsone Creamery!

Mystery solved! What better way to end our trip than a pit stop at our favorite ice cream store in town, Coldtsone Creamery!

Our elder statesmen pose for one final memory before saying farewell to our Spring 2014 Program.

Our elder statesmen pose for one final memory before saying farewell to our Spring 2014 Program.

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Chuck-E-Cheese End-of-Semester Partay – Friday, April 25, 2014

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Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) youth, parents, and readers around the world,

Sadly tonight marked the end of our Spring 2014 Program for our younger youth. Alhamdulillah this past semester, we’ve learned about gems found in the Qur’an in the surahs we recite daily, good qualities to look for in friends (thanks to How to Train Your Dragon!), dealing with our feelings of anger in a healthy manner, the power of forgiveness (shout out to Br. Majid Mahmoud), and thanking our parents for all that they do for us. Tonight was a final way for our IYGers to celebrate all that they had learned and accomplished this past semester. What better way to celebrate than to go to the one place where EVERYONE can be a kid (again)…CHUCK-E-CHEESE!!!

Abdelrahman, Nurideen, and Hamza inspect the prize counter to find a prize they want to try to win...

Abdelrahman, Nurideen, and Hamza inspect the prize counter to find a prize they want to try to win…

...meanwhile Hasan enjoys a ride around the clock...

…meanwhile Hasan enjoys a ride around the clock…

Abdelrahman spins the wheel and thinks he has won 125 tickets...sadly he only won one!

Abdelrahman spins the wheel and thinks he has won 125 tickets…sadly he only won one!

Mustafa focuses on the challenge of the falling blocks!

Mustafa focuses on the challenge of the falling blocks!

Our young men take a break to enjoy a few slices of delicious cheese pizza and re-charge their batteries...

Our young men take a break to enjoy a few slices of delicious cheese pizza and re-charge their batteries…

Ahmad and his buddy Mohammed go bowling...

Ahmad and his buddy Mohammed go bowling…

Mohamed goes jump-roping...without a rope...

Mohamed goes jump-roping…without a rope…

Abdelrahman and Hamza take some time to enjoy a photo opportunity...

Abdelrahman and Hamza take some time to enjoy a photo opportunity…

Baha and friends start counting how many tickets they have won. The guys decided to pool ALL of the tickets together to pick one prize for the youth group! How cool is that?

Baha and friends start counting how many tickets they have won. The guys decided to pool ALL of the tickets together to pick one prize for the youth group! How cool is that?

One final group photo for this semester!

One final group photo for this semester!

Capture the Flag – Friday, April 18, 2014

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

Alhamdulillah the weather outside today was beautiful, warm, and perfect for an outdoor activity. After being cooped up indoors for much of the past three months waiting for the snow to melt, our youth had a LOT of excess energy to put to good use. Our mentors walked our youth through a light stretching session before walking to the intramural fields for a fun game of Capture the Flag! The game went back-and-forth over the course of 60 minutes as our youth gleefully raced up and down the field chasing the flag (and one another). With 5 minutes left in the game, the score was 6-5. 5 minutes later, the game concluded in a 6-6 tie! Enjoy the pictures below from the awesome game:

The game begins with a light stretching session to get our muscles ready for action!

The game begins with a light stretching session to get our muscles ready for action!

Our youth begin the long walk to the field of action...

Our youth begin the long walk to the field of action…

Murtaza and Omar discuss strategy as Muhammad and Nurideen get mentally ready for the first game...

Murtaza and Omar discuss strategy as Muhammad and Nurideen get mentally ready for the first game…

Mujtaba makes a run for the flag as Murtaza chases him down.

Mujtaba makes a run for the flag as Murtaza chases him down.

Mohammed and Basim try to sneak the flag over the boundary as Hamza tries to tag them both out...

Mohammed and Basim try to sneak the flag over the boundary as Hamza tries to tag them both out…

Karim rescues teammate Murtaza from prison...

Karim rescues teammate Murtaza from prison…

Mustafa attempts to throw the flag to Hamza as Ahmed provides some full-court DEFENSE!

Mustafa attempts to throw the flag to Hamza as Ahmed provides some full-court DEFENSE!

Muhammad scores!

Muhammad scores!

Parents Appreciation Event – Friday, April 11, 2014

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

Throughout the Qur’an and Sunnah, examples can be found where both Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, stress the importance of showing mercy and compassion to our parents. In many periods of our life, especially when we are really, really young (think baby young, terrible twos, toddling threes, exploratory fours, and sweet sixteens that may not be so sweet!), we often don’t full appreciate all that our parents did to nurture and care for us. When they would tell us no (for our own good), we may have not realized the wisdom behind their decision (and instead proceed to throw a bizarre tantrum or hissy fit to voice our displeasure). One blog post would not be sufficient to properly thank our parents or acknowledge them for all that they have done and continue to do for us. So as a small way of saying “thank you” our youth embarked on a thoughtful gift-making venture Friday night to show appreciate to their parents. What did our youth end up making? Well see for yourself:

Our youth attack the kitchen. Murtaza and Mustafa gaze lovingly at the bottle of cooking oil on the counter. Wait...they can't be baking something delicious, can they?

Our youth attack the kitchen. Murtaza and Mustafa gaze lovingly at the bottle of cooking oil on the counter. Wait…they can’t be baking something delicious, can they?

Baking indeed! Abdelrahman and Baha unveil secret number one to our gift package for mom and dad...BROWNIES!

Baking indeed! Abdelrahman and Baha unveil secret number one to our gift package for mom and dad…BROWNIES!

Omar puts his muscles to work whisking our brownie mix into shape...

Omar puts his muscles to work whisking our brownie mix into shape…

Meanwhile, Ahmed and Murtaza appear to be doing something with the cooking oil and a baby blue mixing bowl. I wonder what they are making?

Meanwhile, Ahmed and Murtaza appear to be doing something with the cooking oil and a baby blue mixing bowl. I wonder what they are making?

As our baked goodies bake, our youth turn their attention to writing letters and poems for their parents.

As our baked goodies bake, our youth turn their attention to writing letters and poems for their parents.

One of our young brother's final poem product! What do you think?

One of our young brother’s final poem product! What do you think?

Mohammed has finished decorating his gift box...I wonder what he has hidden inside his box?

Mohammed has finished decorating his gift box…I wonder what he has hidden inside his box?

Let's take a peek inside and what do we find...a rose for mom, brownie and cookie for dad, and a letter/poem for both parents! Nice work gentlemen!

Let’s take a peek inside and what do we find…a rose for mom, brownie and cookie for dad, and a letter/poem for both parents! Nice work gentlemen!

Bowling Bash – Friday, April 4, 2014

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

Friday night…warm weather mixed with a breezy wind…feels like a perfect day for a friendly game of bowling! Our elder IYGers decided to challenge one another to a friendly competition of Angry Birds…eh…we meant bowling; so we hopped into our super-vehicle and drove over to the PMU Rack and Roll bowling alley to settle this competition once and for all. As you’ll see below, the competition was quite fierce but thoroughly entertaining:

Danyal sizes up the pins as he slowly prepares his attack...

Danyal sizes up the pins as he slowly prepares his attack…

Full body extension...Danyal throws down his bowling ball emphatically...

Full body extension…Danyal throws down his bowling ball emphatically…

The pins emerge victorious as Danyal takes one last glance back and says, "I'll get you next time!"

The pins emerge victorious as Danyal takes one last glance back and says, “I’ll get you next time!”

Ahmad with a promising toss!

Ahmad with a promising toss!

Omar takes aim at the 12 white pins...

Omar takes aim at the 12 white pins…

Brother vs. Brother...who will emerge victorious...

Brother vs. Brother…who will emerge victorious…

Hamza walks away happy with his result...Danyal, not so much.

Hamza walks away happy with his result…Danyal, not so much.

Murtaza goes for the spare!

Murtaza goes for the spare!

Mujtaba lets go of a perfect ball toss...

Mujtaba lets go of a perfect ball toss…

Mujtaba earns a Turkey!!! Three strikes in a row earns you a delicious feathered bird apparently...

Mujtaba earns a Turkey!!! Three strikes in a row earns you a delicious feathered bird apparently…

Brother vs. Brother...Round 2

Brother vs. Brother…Round 2

As he surveys the pins left standing, Murtaza winds up and lets go of his bowling ball.

As he surveys the pins left standing, Murtaza winds up and lets go of his bowling ball.

The scoring situation is starting to tighten up! Flappy and Broma...seriously who comes up with these names?

The scoring situation is starting to tighten up! Flappy and Broma…seriously who comes up with these names?

Indoor Soccer & Guest Talk by Br. Majed Mahmoud – Friday, March 28, 2014

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

Tonight was supposed to be our semester youth community service project…however the West Lafayette community was fortunate to enjoy a visit from guest speaker, Br. Majed Mahmoud. As Br. Majed was scheduled to deliver a talk about repentance Friday evening (around the same time as our youth group event), the IYG mentors decided to tweak the original plan. As our youth gathered at the ISGL, they were surprised with the good news that they would instead be playing 50 minutes of non-stop indoor soccer. Afterward, our young men walked to Stewart Center on Purdue University’s campus to listen to a valuables lesson delivered by Br. Majed. Below are a few pictures capturing the fun soccer match which took place before Br. Majed’s talk:

Mujtaba and Danyal wait for the referee to blow his whistle to start the match...meanwhile Omar, Abdallah, and Mohamed form the Impenetrable Wall of Defense!

Mujtaba and Danyal wait for the referee to blow his whistle to start the match…meanwhile Omar, Abdallah, and Mohamed form the Impenetrable Wall of Defense!

Nurideen makes a diving save off a scoring attempt by a saddened Mujtaba. Omar jumps up and down in joy! The Impenetrable Wall of Defense succeeds...

Nurideen makes a diving save off a scoring attempt by a saddened Mujtaba. Omar jumps up and down in joy! The Impenetrable Wall of Defense has thwarted the first attempt…

Minutes later, Danyal runs around wildly, arms raised, after his team secures the first goal of the match. The Impenetrable Wall of Defense has been broken...

Minutes later, Danyal runs around wildly, arms raised, after his team secures the first goal of the match. The Impenetrable Wall of Defense has been broken…

Mustafa deflects a scoring attempt to his right as everyone pursues the blue soccer ball.

Mustafa deflects a scoring attempt to his right as everyone pursues the blue soccer ball.

Abdallah on the break! Catch him if you can!

Abdallah on the break! Catch him if you can!

Our youth pursue the ball. Abdelrahman goes down attempting to defend his goal...

Our youth pursue the ball. Abdelrahman goes down attempting to defend his goal…

A mild disagreement occurs as both teams try to figure out how to resolve a free kick situation.

A mild disagreement occurs as both teams try to figure out how to resolve a free kick situation.

Traffic jam in the corner...anyone hungry for snacks?

Traffic jam in the corner…anyone hungry for snacks?

Deep Dish Pizza Night – Friday, March 14, 2014

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

Tonight marked the start of Spring Break vacation for our IYG mentors (so they thought until they realized graduate students do not really get a vacation :(). What better way to kick-off the mini-break than providing an important culinary lesson for our older youth? As 3 billion pizzas are sold every year to Americans (and the average person consumes 46 slices of pizza each year, goodness gracious!) and youth tend to be the biggest pizza lovers, our mentors thought it a valuable teaching opportunity to have our youth learn the task of making their very own pizza, from scratch! We’re not talking about your average, run-of-the-mill pizza either; we’re talking about DEEP DISH PIZZA!!! In addition to being able to make pizza at home for their families, tonight’s cooking lesson provided our older youth with an important life skill they could put to good use once they have to start preparing home-cooked meals for themselves (away from the friendly confines of their parents’ kitchen).

After head chef (Br. Ihsan) mixed flour, water, and yeast together to prepare our pizza dough, our young men took over the kitchen to prepare their very own unique pizza concoctions. What ensued was a mesh of culinary madness and genius as you’ll see below:

Our young men are primed and ready for action...well everyone except for Omar who is apparently attempting to sleep in a vertical direction!

Our young men are primed and ready for action…well everyone except for Omar who is apparently attempting to sleep in a vertical direction!

Omar has awoken! He carefully presses the pizza dough into a circular shape under the careful supervision of Hamza.

Omar has awoken! He carefully presses the pizza dough into a circular shape under the careful supervision of Hamza.

Mujtaba and Murtaza gently lay down sauce for their pizza...half pizza sauce, half alfredo sauce...truly brave and creative!

Mujtaba and Murtaza gently lay down sauce for their pizza…half pizza sauce, half alfredo sauce…truly brave and creative!

 

Saucing step completed, the Siddiqui brothers turn their attention to selecting toppings for their deep dish pizza concoction...

Saucing step completed, the Siddiqui brothers turn their attention to selecting toppings for their deep dish pizza concoction…

Omar gently adds a splash of peppers to his Hawaiian-themed pizza...

Omar gently adds a splash of peppers to his Hawaiian-themed pizza…

Danyal makes an appearance and proceeds to do the one thing he does best....go crazy (with adding too much cheese of course)!

Danyal makes an appearance and proceeds to do the one thing he does best….go crazy (with adding too much cheese of course)!

As our pizzas bake in the oven, our young men turn their attention to cleaning the kitchen. Hamza goes to work sweeping the floor with a giant industrial broom...

As our pizzas bake in the oven, our young men turn their attention to cleaning the kitchen. Hamza goes to work sweeping the floor with a giant industrial broom…

Meanwhile Mujtaba cleans dishes as he basks in the aroma of delicious pizza wafting from the oven behind him.

Meanwhile Mujtaba cleans dishes as he basks in the aroma of delicious pizza wafting from the oven behind him.

The finished products! Which slice of pizza would you like to taste first?

The finished products! Which slice of pizza would you like to taste first?

After all their hard work cooking, our youth are finally able to sit down and enjoy their deep dish pizza meal.

After all their hard work cooking, our youth are finally able to sit down and enjoy their deep dish pizza meal.

 

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