Workshop: All About Hajj
Four hour session discussed what hajj is and why it
is important. We read through the book entitled
"All About Hajj" and discussed the various
stages and rites. Each child then created a
miniature model of the Kaaba to take home. Take home
material was provided for each child to learn more about
Hajj and Ummrah.
Workshop: Good Deeds
Four hour session discussed the importance of good
deeds and how even the smallest action can have a large
impact for better or worse. We read some hadith
relating the importance of good deeds and discusses how
children can find good deeds to do and the results of
their actions. Each child then contributed to
build a "good deed" chain designed to show how
each action will build upon itself to generate not only
one good deed but many. The core deed for the
chain was one of planting a tree, each child then took
turns finding anther good deed that resulted and we
added a link to the chain for each one. We ran out
of time, before we ran out of resulting good deeds
:o) Take home activity sheets were provided for
each child including a "Good Deed Chart" with
stickers to help the child track their good deeds.
We held a community potluck at the Rust Library in
Leesburg. We had a wonderful time and the children
colored "Eid Banners" to hang on the
wall. When they were done we hung them up and all
of the children gathered to take a photo.
We gathered again and this time the children made an
"Eid Windsock" decorated with an Islamic
geometric design and crepe paper or went out to play
soccer with the brothers. Each child was also
given a "goody bag" full of candy and small
toys. Unfortunately, no photos of the event...we
forgot the camera.
addition to various potlucks held throughout the year,
this Ramadan we gathered for a potluck every Friday in
the Rust Library. This was a very nice experience
for getting to know one another and speaking for myself,
I was sad to see the weekly gathering end.
Inshallah we will work towards having a more regular
schedule for these in the future.
this Ramadan we were able to organize nightly Taraweeh
prayers here in Leesburg at the Douglas Middle
School. While it was a small group that came
regularly, it was wonderful to have the prayers so close
and to see the same people every day. ADAMS center
had a Sheikh from Egypt who they were able to send out
to our little community to lead the prayers and we thank
them for their support.
2005 we held a Dars for adults about the importance of
the sunnah in daily life. The speaker was Sheikh Taha
Alwani from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social
Sciences at Cordoba University. Many thanks to
him for his time and effort and we look forward to
organizing more such events in the months to come,
forward to many more happy events like these and would love
to see you there. If you are interested in being
notified when we have an event please click
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