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EID FEATURE: Youth Club’s Celebrations

This Eid ul Fitr 2017, Youth Club Blog decided to catch up with the Presidents of Youth Club’s various chapters to know what is the significance of Eid in their lives…

1. Best Eid Moment?

Raja Zia ul Haq, CEO YC: Driving back from the masjid with my whole family, talking about how amazing the khutbah was and looking forward to a great breakfast that’s waiting at home, Alhamdulillah. We recall how every day of Ramadan we stopped ourselves from eating because of the command of Allah; and today we eat because of the command of Allah.

Fiza Khan, President (female wing) YCI: Meeting everyone right after Eid Salah. It’s like a sudden shift into another mode and world, all smiles and happiness…

Mohammad Ali, President YCL:  Coming back from the mosque and meeting the family, hugging them, eating with them. It gives so much energy.

Asma Inayat, President (female wing) YCL: For me, it’s the Eid prayer. The whole family makes an effort to get ready early morning and go to Eidgaah (prayer place). I look forward to that time two to three days before Eid.

Ishaq bin Sadiq, President YCK: Praying Eid Salah, which gives the sense of brotherhood and unity… Standing feet to feet… Shoulder to shoulder…

2. Favourite Eid Dish?

Raja Zia ul Haq: For me, it has always been the classic “Channa Chat” with imli sauce!

Fiza Khan: Channa chaat! That I eat every time I serve the guests. By the time it’s lunch hour, there’s no space for anything else!

Mohammad Ali: Sheer khurma

Ishaq bin Sadiq: Kabab Paratha, probably…

3. Any Funny Incident Related to Eid?

Raja Zia ul Haq: I remember a crazy story from Eid ul Adha once, where our bakras somehow got loose and my cook and other helpers were running after them all over the place. The scene reached its climax when one of my siblings, who was fleeing for their life (being terrified of goats obviously) came inside the house, only to have one of the bakras follow them in. Seeing so many people, the bakra panicked, jumped up on the coffee table and made quite a big mess of things. The reaction of my family members was priceless!

Fiza Khan: All those times I slept with my mehndi-fied hand under my face and had a pretty print on my face the next day..

Mohammad Ali: My cousin and I used to set out on a mission to gather Eidi from all the relatives. We used to go to every single relative, close or distant, greet them and sit and wait for Eidi. It used to be a funny and awkward situation..

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 4. How Do You Make Your Eid Special?

Raja Zia ul Haq: We get lots of gifts for everyone. Since we don’t celebrate any other days throughout the year, we make a massive campaign-style effort for Eid. This includes setting up camp in the living room at night where we all laugh, play, share stories and even sleep; my kids love this experience… We even decorate the living room with streamers, banners and buntings just to add a bit more flavour!

Fiza Khan: Being a girl, that question is already answered, no? 🙂

Mohammad Ali: By meeting people who have felt neglected.

Asma Inayat: Being Lahori, I think it’s the food that makes the Eid special 😀
Preparations start a day or two before Eid. My family is a desi food lover so nihari, halwa puri, biryani, chicken dishes are the things on my mind when I jot down my things to do list for Eid..

Ishaq bin Sadiq: By meeting my brothers in Islam and having breakfast with them.

5. How can Eid be made enjoyable for poor people?

Raja Zia ul Haq: We should make it a point to visit those less fortunate than us during the Eid holidays. Whether it is an orphanage or an old people’s home or a village environment etc. We encourage our kids to handover presents to the orphans with their own hands so that they can feel for these children, who are spending their Eid without their families.

Fiza Khan: There’s so much of happiness to share. Starting off by giving monetary gifts to including them in your smiles and moments; honouring them by serving them what you serve other guests. Especially​ before Eid, getting them bangles, mehndi, arranging barber trips for the young boys etc.

Mohammad Ali: We should give them charity before Eid and distribute gifts. We can start from helping those near us like our maids, servants, driver, guard, society guard, etc.

Asma Inayat: Our tiny little empathetic acts create a big difference by the end of the day. Even if there’s just one poor person whom we can help out with food in Ramadan and provide him with Eid clothes, it will have an immense impact over the society at large. Along with the food and clothing, if we take out time to share Islamic knowledge with him, we can help him with not only dunya but his aakhirah too..

Ishaq bin Sadiq:  By visiting them and giving them gifts, organizing a party for street boys of your area.

6. What Special Thing Do You Do for Your Family over Eid? 

Fiza Khan:  I like to make some Eid treats for whoever I can…

Mohammad Ali: Take them to meet other family members. That’s special in this age of social media.

Ishaq bin Sadiq: I give Eidi 😉


Do YOU have any Eid stories to share with us? Do tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

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#BlessedDays (Sep-Oct ’13)

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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

Winds Of Change

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

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