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#BlessedDays (Sep-Oct ’13)

Dhul-Hijjah (ذو الحجة) is coming up, I hear! It’s the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.

This is a very sacred month in the Islamic calendar, marking the end of the year. It is in this month in which the Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place.

“Dhu al-Hijjah” literally means “Possessor of the Pilgrimage.” It is during this month that pilgrims from all around the world congregate at Mecca to visit the Kaaba. The Hajj is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month. Day of Arafa takes place on the ninth of the month. Eid al-Adha, the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, begins on the tenth day and ends on the thirteenth.

As a general principle, all people are the same, all months are the same, all days are the same and so on – unless, Allah the Almighty declares so otherwise. For example, in the case of people, yes they are all the same, be they rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white; but in the sight of Allah, special are those who are most obedient to Him and best in deeds. Likewise all months are the same, except the month of Ramadan, which Allah (SWT) has declared to be the best, most virtuous of them.

And so, all days are the same – except the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, which have been declared to be the 10 best days of the year!

How does that affect me, you ask? Well, it provides you with a wonderful opportunity to do good deeds for the sake of Allah and to maximize your acts of worship during this time to seek the pleasure of Allah and stack up on limitless rewards in the Hereafter! Sound fair?

Such is their importance that Allah (SWT) swears an oath by them in the Qur’an:

“By the dawn; by the ten nights.” [Qur’an 89:1-2].

The earliest scholars/commentators of the Qur’an agree that these are the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

According to an authentic hadith from Sahih Bukhari (2/456), narrated Ibn Abbaas (r.a.) that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said:

“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.”

[Excerpt from: http://rajazia.blogspot.com/2010/11/10-best-days-of-year.html]

What to do?

Youth Club, with your help, plans to campaign for these #BlessedDays starting now! Find out more about these days from the Quran and Hadith and share the knowledge with your peers – online and offline. Don’t forget to use the hash-tag #BlessedDays in all your posts!

Join the campaign.
Sep till Oct '13: #BlessedDays
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“Best Post of the Week” Competition | Facebook

So just to spice things up a bit, there’s a little competition that we’ll be having on our groups every week inshaAllah: “Best Post of the Week“.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Anyone can participate. Separate groups for brothers and sisters (links below).
  2. Each Friday, we’ll announce the theme (in the form of a hash-tag) on which you’ll have to write. You’ll be given a week to write something creative on it and post on the respective group with the hash-tag.
  3. Winners of “Best Post of the Week” will be announced on Friday as well. One from the brothers’ side, and one from the sisters’ side. The decision would be made based on the number of likes and/or Jury’s decision (which would include the YC senior writers). Jury’s criteria: relevance, creativity and authenticity.
  4. Winners’ posts will be shared on our Facebook page and Blog with their names inshaAllah.

P.S. Remember that the competition is to encourage everyone to share good things, not to get likes or a title. Keep the intentions pure inshaAllah!

JOIN OUR GROUPS TO PARTICIPATE AND TO STAY UPDATED!

Brothers’ group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/388485707847380/
Sisters’ group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/384575858239392/

THEME FOR WEEK ONE WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 INSHAALLAH!

#DestinationJannah (Aug-Sep ’13)

Join the campaign.
Aug 15th till Sep 15th: #DestinationJannah

Ramadan’s gone and most of us are struggling to maintain that spiritual high. It was easy in Ramadan to fast all day and stand in prayer all night, but how many of us have continued that practice all through Shawwaal? How many of us have continued to recite Quran like we did in Ramadan? Let’s be straightforward.. not many of us have been able to keep it up. It gets hard, I understand. Shaytan’s on the loose now, what more could you expect?

But it’s not all that bad, you see. There’s hope. There’s hope in the fact that you don’t need to do BIG things in order to attain big rewards. There’s hope in the fact that even the smallest of deeds can get you into Jannah, provided they’re done with sincerity of intention and according to the sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). If you do them regularly, BONUS! #TwoThumbsUp!

So let’s talk about the practical stuff. Let’s talk about the things that we can easily find time for in our busy schedules. Let’s talk about the small deeds that we usually overlook. Youth Club is giving you the opportunity to learn and teach. Use all the social media and networking tools available to you (Facebook, Twitter and blogs, to name a few) from August 15th till September 15th 2013 and post about the small deeds mentioned in the Quran/Sunnah for which we’re promised Jannah. Don’t forget to use the hash-tag #DestinationJannah. 🙂

A little motivation to begin with.. Ibn Abu Shayba reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said,

Every good deed is charity.

Source: Sahih Muslim 1005
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Imam Muslim

Help us spread hope. Join the campaign! Even THIS is a small deed that you shouldn’t overlook. 😉

Join the campaign.
Aug 15th till Sep 15th: #DestinationJannah

P.S. If you’re still unclear about the procedure, ask in the comment section below.
P.P.S. If you’d like to write for our blog, send an email to youthclubblog@gmail.com right now. We’re quite welcoming mashaAllah. 🙂

Ramadan Dip

By Nasser Ijaz Moghal

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There was this guy in a wheel chair who wanted to make a statement that even people in wheel chairs are capable. So he decided to enter into a marathon. He noticed something very interesting about the race that he was running. He noticed that there were many people at the beginning of the race and many people at the end of the race but all throughout the middle he was by himself. The only people present in the middle of the race are the participants. It has been my personal observation that the same wheel chair marathon happens in Ramadan. As soon as the moon is sighted people get all excited about Ramadan and flock to the Masjid and at the end particularly the 27th people come flocking back to the Masjid but somewhere in the middle of Ramadan people drop off. The ratio that I have devised for this is 5:2:4 ratio. Meaning there will be 5 rows in the Masjid at the beginning of Ramadan, 2 in the middle and 4 at the end. This phenomenon is the Ramadan Dip.

Now Ramadan is a training camp in which people can boost their Imaan at record levels and survive the rest of the coming year. It is essential that we find a way to overcome this Ramadan dip.

On the night before Ramadan I went to get a haircut. As my hair was being trimmed I thought wait this is a Dawah opportunity. So I started a conversation:

“What’s your name bhai?”

“Afaaq”

“Afaaq?”

“Yes,  Afaaq.”

“Afaaq bhai.  So…..what do you plan to do for this Ramadan?”

In a totally casual manner he answered

“Well…..keep fasts, pray 5 time Salaat in the Masjid but I will miss the Taraweeh prayer because of the job but no biggie. That’s all”

SubhanaAllah. He has something planned but then again we should be doing all these even if it weren’t Ramadan. What about Quran? Any plans for Quran? No! What about feeding people or sitting for Aitekaaf? No.

You know when your exams are near, some students quit their time wasters like watching series, net surfing, etc and really open the books and study. Then when they are done with the exams  tranquility and sweetness descends upon them and they truly feel freedom from all the hard work .Then again they are some to whom it doesn’t matter exams or no exams they are going to do whatever they want and so they don’t truly feel the sweetness of being free after exams. Such is the case with Ramadan those who work hard and take maximum benefit from Ramadan will truly enjoy Eid while those who were sleeping in Ramdan they will be sleeping on Eid too.

Have big intentions. Make a connection with Quran, ponder over its meaning, and memorize some Surahs. Go and feed people. I don’t mean have Iftaar parties. I mean take some good food to the Masjid and hand it out to people. Remember Ramadan is a month of feeding not eating. Don’t be fooled by all what you see on billboards; FAST and FEAST (McDonald’s Ramadan theme).

The only purpose of fasting is that you may adopt Taqwah. “What is Taqwah?” you may ask. Well…..look at it this way. Imagine there is a mouse and it comes out of its hole but as soon as it hears something in the distance it immediately scurries back into its hole. Then once again it comes out looking for food and again it runs back into the hole on hearing the slightest sound.  See? The Mouse is afraid and very cautious. Similarly the word Taqwah comes from the root letters Waqiya which means to take a shield and so Taqwah means to protect yourself from the punishment of Allah by following His commands and refraining from all those actions that bring about his wrath and displeasure. Some people do a lot of good in Ramadan but they don’t stop doing evil. Wallaahi this is not Taqwah. Both, committing of good and restraining yourself from evil is Taqwah.

I remember my most memorable Ramadan was not the one in which I went to the finest dining places for Iftaar or slept throughout the day but rather the one in which I read the Quran everyday understood it and when the Imaam recited the Quran in Taraweeh prayer it felt as if the Ayaat of Allah were being revealed on my heart.

How are you going to make this Ramadan memorable? So that at the end when it’s Eid you are like

“LOOK AT ME NOW! I MADE IT! I HAVE TAQWAH! ALLAH HU AKBAR”

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Arabic Vocabulary used:

Imaan: Faith

Wallaahi: By Allah (I swear by God)

Eid: Muslim festival celebrated at the end of Ramadan

Iftaar: Breaking of fast (includes variety of traditional meals)

Taraweeh: Optional prayer that Muslims offer at night in congregation

CEO’s Message to the Fajr Train Crew

Raja Zia ul Haq, CEO of Youth Club, has sent you a message!

My dear brothers & sisters in Islam,

Assalaam o’Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu! 

Masha’Allah what an honor it is that our Fajr Train has finally reached its destination after forty days, in the blessed month of Ramadan. And like the cheerful flight attendant would say, “I sincerely hope you had a pleasant journey with us!” 🙂

A big thank you and jazakum’Allahu khayrn firstly to the brothers and sisters from Youth Club who helped to bring this project together and masha’Allah saw it through till the end. You guys know who you are, I have no words but can only pray that may Allah increase you in darajaat and may He be well pleased with your efforts! Seriously!

A massive congratulations to all the winner groups who stuck to their guns all the way! Alhamdulillah, if you successfully woke up for Fajr or struggled hard to do so, you are ALL winners in-sha’Allah in the sight of Allah. Keep up the good work! You know this is not the end, rather this is just the beginning. I would encourage the groups to stay in touch with each other, meet for chai/coffee etc. regularly (since, believe it or not, each of your group members lives very close to you, maybe even in your neighborhood).

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Glorious Qur’an:

 “And keep yourself patiently with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life…” [al-Kahf 18:28]

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“A person is on the religion of his friend. Therefore let every one of you carefully consider the company he keeps.” [Tirmidhi]

I hope that this experience results in good friendships being made for the sake of Allah – so that we too may find refuge under the shade of Allah’s throne, on a Day when there will no other shade except that.

Keep the Youth Club team in your duaas and do stay in touch with us. And remember that at the end, alarm clocks are just the means, what really wakes you up for Fajr is your emaan!

May Allah always keep our hearts filled with emaan and may He grant us the taufeeq to do the things that please Him.

Jazakum’Allahu khayrn!

(It’s been emotional…*sniff*)

 

Come join us as we celebrate the success of this event this Sunday, July 21st inshaAllah. Details here: www.tinyurl.com/ftsuccess

Summer Camp ’13 (For Sisters)

Assalam u ‘alaykum.

Youth Club is organizing a summer camp for sisters that comprises of lots of interesting categories. It’s from June 10th to July 4th, Mondays to Thursdays from 5-7 pm.

Venue is Farooqia Masjid Hall for ladies in F-6/1, Islamabad.

But it’s the categories that are most interesting. Here’s a brief overview of them:

1. The summer camp’s going to have Wing Chun training. Wing Chun is basically Chinese martial art and self-defense. Learning self-defense has plenty of benefits. The most obvious one is that it helps in protecting oneself in untoward situations. But then, it’s also a form of worship. Because your body has a right on you and you’re learning to protect your body. Also, you can use it against enemies or protecting other people. Moreover, Wing Chun makes you strong and active. (What kind of exercise doesn’t?) An active body can worship Allah with more concentration and ease. Not to forget the famous narration of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam, “The strong (active) believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, while there is good in both.” (Muslim) An active body does not sink into a bad mood easily. People who do exercise stay more happy and contented than those who don’t. It also releases tension, doctors recommend exercise to those in depression. It also makes you feel good about yourself and increases your self esteem. Okay, I can just go on with benefits of exercise, and then self-defense? Let’s not get started. 😛

2. Tajweed is another segment of the camp. What is tajweed? It is reciting the Quran properly, the way it should be recited and the way it was revealed. Isn’t that beautiful? It was revealed on Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam, the best man that ever lived, by Jibreel, the best angel ever. And Quran is the Word of Allah. Imagine reciting His Words beautifully! ❤ And imagine being able to speak English, Urdu and many other languages fluently and perfectly and not being able to recite Allah’s Words in the correct manner? 😦

Moreover, if you don’t recite Quran properly, you’re bound to make mistakes and thus change the meaning of the words. Sometimes those wrong meanings turn out to be horrifying. *shudders*

And then, no music compares to the beautiful sound of proper recitation. It’s the best sound ever! Soothing, relaxing, takes away all worries, makes you positive and wanting to love Allah more. You’ll feel the power of those words when you recite them correctly.

3. Another category is memorization of duas (supplications). Now I love this one. No book needed, no nothing. You’re in a situation and you just read the appropriate dua. Brings such a secure feeling. And real security as well. 🙂

4. Here’s the creme de la creme. Explanation of Surah Yusuf, accompanied with workshops. Yusuf ‘alaihissalam was so amazing that whenever I read about him, I feel I’m getting to know him for the first time. You feel so close to him when you see the things he went through and you can relate so well and find out solutions to your own problems… No words can do justice to his story but here’s a poem that might shed some light on it:

This is not just another poem telling a common tale
It is the best of stories so gear up to follow the trail

A young boy is our hero, who grew into a fine man
His seeing a strange dream is where it all began

The story ends at the place where dreams come true
But in between, there are many chronicles for me and you

Incidents of a man who always did things at excellence
Even when hurt by his own, he didn’t forego forgiveness

Loved dearly by his father, his brothers threw him in a well
It was a hard time for him but he patiently dwelt

There he heard a voice from above and he knew what to do
Telling him he’ll inform them of what they used to do

He was found by a caravan, taken as a slave and sold
They didn’t know his worth, for he was more precious than any gold…

Meanwhile in Palestine, his father cried in front of God
He loved his child dearly, but only Allah’s help he sought

So he grew up in Egypt into a handsome and wise man
Little do people know it was all part of HIS plan

The wife of his master giving up to her whim
Locked him in a room and tried to seduce him

But he didn’t betray his master, so loyal was he
The moment he knew her intention, he tried to flee

A man in such a situation would easily incline
But as the chosen one he was shown from Allah a sign

And the women in the city, what a statement they gave
The wife of Al-Azeez is in love with her slave

So she invited them to a banquet, gave them knives with care
Then she showed him to them and they started to stare

They cut their hands in awe, so handsome was he
Yusuf, the Prophet, is the hero of our story

In good & bad times, from Allah he drew strength of his heart,
In all the things he went through, are signs for those who’re smart

Now if you wanna learn more from the journey of this great man
Just keep calm…. and join Youth Club’s Summer Camp!

Facebook Event Page: http://tinyurl.com/sc13sistersfb
Details of Summer Camp ’13: http://tinyurl.com/sc13sistersdoc

Summer Camp '13 Sisters

This Is My Story

The first verse was shared as a tweet by a sister, then I wrote a poem on it :p 

Comment what you think about it below and don’t forget to share. May Allah accept it. 

This is my side of the story, only my burden to bear

You don’t have to share my grief, you only have to hear

Once I was a brave man, a man having no fear

Or at least I thought I was, not having a care

I used to drink and party a lot

My friends were the most notorious lot

We went to clubs during the night

And danced till the sun was shining hot

On weekdays I used to go to work

And stare at girls along the way

I used to flirt with most of them

Said things I would not publicly say

I used to laugh at misfortunate people

There was nothing that they could really do

“They’re so pathetic,” I used to think

And help them? That I would never do!

I shouted at my mother till the end of her life

I threatened my caring wife day and night

To change me when they used to strive

We used to have a serious fight

Then one day I hit a car on the way

Didn’t feel much pain, but a bit I did sway

And Bam! My body fell on the ground

Alas! My soul had been taken away!

For the first time in my life I felt afraid

When I saw those angels with black faces

They wrapped me in a cloth so roughly made

And every group of angels, sent on me curses

I was sent from the heaven back down to earth

My soul till The Hour to rot in the grave

Now I wish I didn’t do what I did

For I see the hellfire night and day

So I warn all those souls still in their bodies

To pay attention to what I say

For now you might do what you want

But then you’ll be in my state, and it might be today…

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The 2013 Youth!

So who is cooler and who makes more sense?! You decide!

So this first guy is your typical everyday 19-year-old Pakistani guy living in Islamabad and Lahore or any other major city in Pakistan.

He gets up every morning, shaves.. Because all ‘young’ people have to shave right ?! Because EVERYONE does it and says so right? .. The scratches, the itchiness, the stress on the face  is all worth it because then he’ll get looked at by mates at Uni and if lucky, a pretty girl will stare at him and fall in love with him, yeah?!  Hmmm.. Spends over 2 hours getting ready, combing every strand of his hair to perfection..! Creams his face.. Stares at the mirror almost asking the question.. “Mirror mirror on the wall..”!! He wears his tight jeans ’cause you know that’s the ‘in’ fashion nowadays! Doesn’t matter if they are uncomfortable..
Gotta look good !
Gotta look sharp!!
Puts on his best shirt, perfumes himself, bye to the family, catch the ‘wagon’.. Maybe stare at the pretty girl! You know, cheap thrills, yeah! Hoping she would look back! But no she doesn’t!! Oh well, plenty more fish in the sea (Uni), he thinks.
Gets to campus.. Meets his mates! High fives as  if they are Americans – accidentally happen to be in Pakistan(!). Gets invited to a party or 2.. Then talk about cricket.. “What a shot, what a chakka!!”.. Followed by “The government is so messed up man.. Followed by “Did you see that girl in that lecture?” .. Followed by “Let’s go Munchies/Savour/McDonald’s later yaaaaaaaar!!”.. Followed by “Oh this amazing song in that Aamir Khan movie.. Wow yaaar!” or “Have you downloaded that new track by Radiohead/Rihanna/Atif Aslam?!”
He misses all the prayers because none of his ‘friends ‘ are going to pray.. Plus he thinks he has got all his life to pray right?! Go Hajj when aged 40 and then pray regularly.. But right now I’m young! I’m cool! Wanna enjoy life! Death doesn’t come to youngsters at all right(!) right?!
Then he talks about exams stress. Lack of money.. Wish he had a Bollywood-type girl friend, had a car.. And just complain about life.. Go to the lectures.. Chill out with mates.. Go home.. More studies.. Sleep.. But before he sleeps he thinks what a boring life.. Everyday a let-down.. Why am I not at peace..? Everyday I try hard to impress the people  but the demands get higher!
Next day he goes through the same routine. Excited in the morning followed by disappointment towards the end of the day.. Same conversations. Same complaints.. Same have-to-get-this-and-that-but-can’t-get-it thinking! Frustration.. Lack of peace.. Working hard to please people.. Neglecting his duties towards the ONE that made him and therefore risking…

HELLFIRE!

OR

This other guy, who is also 19, that wakes up every morning to worships his Creator. He also goes to Uni dressed nicely, clean, without the intention of impressing his mates.
HE decides what he wears and not be dictated by some freak obscure designer in Lahore, Milan or New York. He has a beard because he wants to emulate the greatest human being that ever lived!
He goes to Uni and studies hard..
Greets his friends with greetings of peace and hand-shakes!
The kind of mates he meets are those that are thinking deeply about life! The type of conversations he engages in are:
“There is an Islamic lecture organised by YC [Youth Club].. Shall we go? We could all chip in for the taxi ride.” Followed  by “Do you have any suggestions for concentrating during Salah [prayer]?”
Followed by “Did you listen to that beautiful recitation by Qari so-and-so?”.. Then discuss a few points raised by a closet atheist.
Conversations but intellectual productive ones.
He prays his Salah.. He attends amazing thought-provoking, inspiring lectures after Uni. He has a vision for life based around worshiping the Creator. He is young, has feelings.. Wants a beautiful girl.. Some money.. Nice house.. To chill and relax.. But he knows not yet.. Not in this life.. He knows he needs to struggle and follow the commands of Islam on a daily level. His focus is excellence in worship because he knows that the wealth, the women, the fame, the compliments from people, the good food will either be given to him in this life, or better still, in..

JANNAH!

So which guy do you want to be? The one that tries hard to please this world and tragically doesn’t get what he wants and potentially loses his hereafter?
Or
The guy who is at peace, looking beyond what the people think and more concerned about what the creator of those very people thinks and is aiming to get to Paradise?

you decide

YOUTH CLUB

(Street Da`wah Team)

If HE Forsakes You, Who Is There That Can Help You?

I realized that every time there is rain and thunder and lightning, I start remembering the sins I have done. It makes me remember what end I would have, whether I would end up in Jannah or …… The darkness seems mysterious and scary. It makes me want to know what lies beyond all of this that we see, but at the same time makes me think if I’m even ready for it. Most of the time, the answer is no.

But all of this fear is only for a while, isn’t it? I’m sure many of you have experienced it. We remember Allah when we are in trouble. We remember Allah when there is something that scares us and we know we do not have the power to save ourselves from it; we remember Allah only in these times. In normal routine, our days go without any thought of HIM being forever watchful. Even if we do remember that, we choose to ignore this fact because the world is just too pretty for us. That moment that we are enjoying is just too good to remember our end. We wouldn’t want to spoil our fun by remembering that Allah is watching us. We wouldn’t want to remember death – the destroyer of pleasures.

It reminds me of these verses of Surah Yunus:

22. He it is Who enables you to travel through land and sea, till when you are in the ships and they sail with them with a favorable wind, and they are glad therein, then comes a stormy wind and the waves come to them from all sides, and they think that they are encircled therein, they invoke Allâh, making their Faith pure for Him Alone, saying: “If You (Allâh) deliver us from this, we shall truly be of the grateful.”

23. But when He delivered them, behold! They rebel (disobey Allâh) in the earth wrongfully. O mankind! Your rebellion (disobedience to Allâh) is only against your own selves, – a brief enjoyment of this worldly life, then (in the end) unto Us is your return, and We shall inform you that which you used to do.

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How hypocritical are we? Whenever there’s an earthquake, a big storm, a flood, we remember Allah. He, being extremely Merciful, when takes us out of that problem, we immediately start disobeying HIM.

But imagine for a while what would happen if Allah didn’t help us? What miserable state would we be in? I get scared when I see a strong flash of lightning knowing that the sound is going to be very loud. I fear that it might fall on my house and the roof might fall and I might die within a second. Allah can do anything, can He not? It makes me remember when Allah mentions the hypocrites in Surah Al – Baqarah and says:

20. Or [it is] like a rainstorm from the sky within which is darkness, thunder and lightning. They put their fingers in their ears against the thunderclaps in dread of death. But Allah is encompassing of the disbelievers.

21. The lightning almost snatches away their sight. Every time it lights [the way] for them, they walk therein; but when darkness comes over them, they stand [still]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent.

We forget this don’t we? We forget the fact that if Allah is Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem (Extremely Merciful and Especially Merciful) He is also Al-Jabbaar (The Compeller) and Al-Qahhaar (The Subduer). What would we do if Allah decides to punish us? Would we go on some other earth? Would that be out of Allah’s reach? Then why do we always forget that if Allah abandons us there is no one to help us? As Allah says in Surah Al-Imran:

160. If Allâh helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allâh (Alone) let believers put their trust.

Just think about this for a second. Weren’t you scared last time when there was an earthquake or big storm? Didn’t you ask Allah for forgiveness and decided you would obey HIM from now on? Did you keep up to what you said? If not, then what if the next time Allah forsakes you? Whom would you go to then……? Can’t think of anyone right? Then it’s high time we start fearing Allah even when we are not in any trouble.

I pray that Allah makes us truly understand the message in these verses and helps us implement it in our lives, Ameen.

Winds Of Change

*This is a guest post by Br. Ali Naqash, a member of Youth Club.

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Best 2 days of my life at IIUI, Faisal Masjid auditorium, Sector E-7 Campus

Imagine seeing people of all ages and from various backgrounds smiling, crying and laughing all together. Imagine them realizing how each and every one of them has truly had a rich learning experience and many awe-inspiring moments by listening to world-famous speakers! Now imagine all of that happening in Pakistan! And the amazing thing is that it has happened before too! But words do no justice to how awesome it is! I had missed the previous one, the Winds Of Change (WOC) 2012 tour, and the awe-inspiring video clips of the previous tour made me adamant not to miss out on the one being held this year! And Alhamdulillah, I had the best time of my life. Even though I have traveled much, from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia, the fun that I had in these 2 weeks at the Winds Of Change Tour was truly what the Pakistani Youth, like me, desperately need!

The Winds Of Change tour is an annual event that is organized by Youth Club (YC) with the simple yet much-needed concept of bringing about positive change. It lasts for about 2 weeks and is organized usually in the months of January & February. Although this is only the second time that the tour was held, it has risen in popularity very quickly.

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Jam-Packed audience at NUST, H-12 Campus

What started out as a simple concept by a few sisters who participated in the Shifa Inter-Scholastic Tournament (SIST) 2011, became within 2 years, with the mercy of Allah, much dedication, sincerity and a lot of excited volunteers, a large organized platform dedicated to the Youth (which is anyone whose heart is young) by the name of Youth Club! Youth Club has been inviting speakers from the world-renowned Da’wah organization iERA on the WOC tour until now, and hopefully in the future speakers from other parts of the world would also be invited.

In the Winds Of Change tour, various universities, schools and colleges all over Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and elsewhere, invite these speakers to deliver inspiring, motivational and FREE lectures & seminars at their institutes. And not just that, but during SIST, which happens to be Pakistan’s biggest Youth Islamic event and is now an integral part of the yearly Winds Of Change tour, students from as far as Canada & the UK to as near as the next door college compete against each other in exciting events. These include competitions in 3-D art, Short Film, Debates, Spoken Word (Poetry), Tajweed, Nasheed, Calligraphy, Futsal and many more. The amazing stalls put up by Youth Club, Al Falah Manzil, Muslims United and many other organizations made the place look all the more attractive.

The speakers at Winds Of Change Tour by Youth Club have been invited from Pakistan’s top universities such as NUST, LUMS, FAST, Quaid-e-Azam University, Bahria National University, Air University, Shifa College of Medicine, Riphah Medical University, IIUI, Punjab University, UCP (and many more) to schools such as Alma, OPF School, and Lahore Grammar School and all the way to Islamic and Community Centers. The students, faculty and even the administrative staff felt refreshed and highly motivated after listening to the thought provoking words of the speakers.

Attentive Audience at COMSATS University, Islamabad
Attentive Audience at COMSATS University, Islamabad

The purpose of the Winds of Change Tour is to bridge the gap between Islam and Muslims, so as to make Muslims really practicing and not just Muslims by name. As with every noble cause comes great support, no exception was found here as well. People who had never met before, cooperated with each other only for the sake of Allah and loved each other only for His sake and such unparalleled sincerity has truly been a positive change in and of itself! In a country that is occupied with news flashes of robbery, kidnapping and murder, all this is a really good news.

This year’s event featured famous speakers such as Yusuf Chambers, Adnan Rashid, Imran Ibn Mansoor, Raja Zia-ul-Haq (CEO Youth Club), Sarah Chaudhry (for sisters only), Dr. Saeed Akhtar, Dr. Abdus Samie, Kamran Kiyani, Dr. Yousuf Raza etc. After the tour Dr. Tawfique Chawdhury (CEO Mercy Mission World) arrived all the way from Australia on invitation by Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation on a 10-day tour of Pakistan. Considering the fact that some of these speakers had to travel to Pakistan for the first time, goes on to prove just how dedicated they are to the cause of propagating Islam. May Allah accept the efforts done by everyone, Ameen ya Rab!

The Dawah Man - Imran Ibn Mansour!
The Dawah Man – Imran Ibn Mansoor!

If there was anything that I think could make this event even more fantastic, it would be to make it bi-annual because those who can’t attend it in January or February can benefit from it in the summers at least. But, then again, it’s easier said than done. However, there is always room for improvement and in sha Allah if YOU feel like contributing please feel welcome to do so. After all, this is all about inspiring positive change! 🙂

Below, are a few photos from this year’s event:

At Quaid-e-Azam University
At Quaid-e-Azam University

The one of many feedback  notice boards!
The one of many feedback notice boards!

At FAST University
At FAST University

On a Morning TV Show
On a Morning TV Show

At Peshawar Medical College
At Peshawar Medical College

Habibi which means in arabic "my love" :P
Habibi, meaning “My Love” in Arabic, was the perfect backdrop for this photo! 😛

Yusuf Chambers inspiring people!
Brother Yusuf Chambers inspiring people!

Brother Imran Ibn Mansour Speaking At Al-Falah Manzil Islamic Centre
Brother Imran Ibn Mansour Speaking At Al-Falah Manzil Islamic Centre

Inspiring +ve Change! :)
Inspiring +ve Change! 🙂

Art Competion!
Art Competion!

At Shifa College of Medicine inside Shifa Hosital
At Shifa College of Medicine inside Shifa Hospital

Free Books & Reading Materials! Well, almost all of them! :)
Free Books & Reading Materials!

The Action Man!
The Action Man!

A great approach to help understand the purpose of Life!
A great approach to help understand the purpose of Life!

At the YOUTH TALK Studio with (L-R) Brothers Nadeem Ashraf, Yusuf Chambers & Raja Zia-ul-Haq
At the YOUTH TALK Studio with (L-R) Brothers Nadeem Ashraf, Yusuf Chambers & Raja Zia-ul-Haq

Hisham Al Hadi, Ladies & gentleman!
Brother Hisham Al Hadi, Ladies & gentleman!

In Lahore
At Ali Institute, Lahore

The young ones also got a chance to share their opinions
The young ones also got a chance to share their opinions

The Positive Change
The Positive Change

Brother Yusuf Chambers at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Brother Yusuf Chambers at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

YC Stall
YC Stall

At Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel
At Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel

The positive Change even in the speakers! :)
The positive Change even in the speakers! 🙂

This is what happens when the speaker gets disturbed too much during a seminar! :P
This is what happens when the speaker gets disturbed too much during a seminar! 😛

Brother Yusuf Chambers explaining in a hilarious way how he became a Muslim
Brother Yusuf Chambers explaining in a hilarious way, how he became a Muslim

We ran out of such incredible free books due to their high demand!
We ran out of such incredible free books due to their high demand!

Art in the making!
Art in the making!

The elegantly beautiful official SIST 2013 Poster designed by Sharaiz Tabasam!
The elegantly beautiful official SIST 2013 Poster, designed by Shahraiz Tabassam!

Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights, Camera, Action!

At Oxbridge School - with the little ones!
At Oxbridge School – with the little ones!

Abstract Beauty in this year's theme "Six Feet and below"
Abstract Beauty

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Elegant Official Cover Photo

At OPF School
At OPF School

The SIST 2013 WInning trophy was awarded to the "SIST-ers" team!
The SIST 2013 Winning trophy was awarded to the “SIST-ers” team!

Program Recording at FM 102.2 Radio Station
Program Recording at FM 102.2 Radio Station

Fahd Ahsan From Head Start School initiating the Program before Brother Adnan Rashid's Enlightening Seminar
Fahd Ahsan From Head Start School initiating the Program before Brother Adnan Rashid’s Enlightening Seminar

Food for Thought! :)
Food for Thought! 🙂

So, if you missed out on the fun this year or you can’t wait and wish to volunteer for the next year’s event or any other event in between, then please, do keep yourself up-to-date on the following links:

www.facebook.com/youthclub.pk

http://www.shifastudentsociety.com/

youthclub.pk@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/yclahore

http://twitter.com//youthclubpk

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Ali Naqash is a Final Year Structural Engineering student at the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), H-12 Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan, and is a Proud Muslim.

He wants to change himself and the society for the better, even if it be a small positive change. He can be contacted at engineering_logic@yahoo.com or on www.world1stop.com