Each semester, our mentors dedicate 15-20 minutes per activity (for the 8-18 year-old young men) for a short lesson on one of three topics – character building, seerah, or Qur’an. However, instead of presenting a message in a mundane fashion so as to put our youth to sleep, we attempt to bring to life lessons from the seerah and Qur’an in an exciting manner to assist our young men in dealing with their day-to-day lives as Muslim youth. Lessons from the seerah and the Qur’an are combined with real-life experiences our mentors have faced while growing up to help encourage our youth to pursue a high-character, healthy lifestyle with a commitment to following the blueprint for life contained in the Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. To find out more about each of the three sections in our educational program, please review the short descriptions below:
Bilal the (Character) Builder: Have you ever heard of Bob the Builder? Well, please allow us introduce to you our friend, Bilal the (Character) Builder! Discussions from this section focus on manners and basic traits, qualities, and characteristics which are important for our youth to learn and implement into their own lives. Implementation of these qualities will help our young men develop healthy, fulfilling relationships with their parents, siblings, friends, peers at school, teachers, mentors, and elders in the community. Inclusion of these qualities will also assist our youth in becoming active role models and participants within the community.
Seerah Snippets: Have you ever heard a cool story from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (peace be upon him), and wondered – “Well that was an awesome story but what does it mean for me?” Seerah Snippets will utilize ahadeeth (authentic recorded narrations) and relevant stories from the lifetime of our beloved messenger, Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and his companions to build a love and appreciation for these great individuals in the hearts of our youth. Stories will in shaa Allah be presented in a manner to help our youth truly appreciate specific incidents which occurred in the lifetime of the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. From these incidents, real-life, practical lessons will be extracted and taught to our youth to help them connect lessons from our past history to our real-world day-to-day experiences. Can you say “STORY TIME!”
Qur’an Gem Sessions: The Qur’an is an amazing scripture which Muslims believe contain the literal Words of God to mankind. Yet too often the focus is on memorizing the verses rather than pursuing a deeper understanding of the message our Creator has given to His creation. Topics from these sessions are geared towards helping our young men develop a stronger love and an appreciation for the messages contained in the Qur’an. Specific verses will be highlighted and explained so as to enhance the love for Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and obeying His commandments to mankind. In addition to this, verses will be utilized to explain and help provide relevant solutions to obstacles facing our youth while they struggle to mature into young adulthood.