I still remember that day as though it were only yesterday. I remember dragging my suitcase up the gravel road, squinting against the harsh sunlight after having slept through an hour long bus ride to Qum.
Posted on Wed, 2014-06-11 21:14
A 3 Day & 3 Night Youth Course for Boys was organised by The World Federation India Office. The residential course with 42 Students was held from 8th to 11th May 2014 at Panvel.
The course was backed by 2 Islamic Scholars and 4 Admin Personnnel. Students were divided into 6 planets, each with 7 students of different ages and from different localities. Each planet included a full time mentor, serving and guiding the planets 24x7. Mentors were professionals in their respective fields including Medicine, Bank, Business and a Management Student.
The course covered interactive lessons on topics like Importance of Worship, How to maximise technology to spread Islam, Friendship, Social Media, Addiction, etc . There were 3 hours of lessons daily.
Prayers were recited in Jamaat followed by short effective talks by the Aalim on religious and social issues.
Personal Development Time included intellectual games to develop their personalities and were guided towards excellence befitting followers of Imam Mahdi a.t.f.s.
Sports activities included Football, Cricket, Swimming, Trekking were the main highlights of this course wherein again students were focused on team spirit.
Each student was assessed for Wudhu and Salaah and was given the assessment booklet to keep for future reference.
Unfortunately one of the student’s Grand-father passed away back in Mumbai, this situation was immediately controlled by each student being taught how to give condolence followed by recitation of Sura e Fateha and Sura e Yaseen for the departed’s soul.
The closing session included skits by the students on what they have learnt from the course, a thanksgiving speech.
The campers arrived back in Mumbai fully changed into responsible human beings.
Feedback from parents:
“The youth course has been becoming better every year. I have seen maturity in my son. His wuzu has been improved and he is reciting his namaz with punctuality.” Arif Munshi (Parent)
“Ali has become self-confident, is able to mix well with others. He has also learned efficient time management. Such camps help bonding with peers in our community. Keep up the good work.” Amirali Merchant (Parent)
“I am impressed by the way the community is responding to Youth Courses and Workshops. The youth course had an overwhelming response and the seats got full within just a few days of its announcement. I congratulate the India Office to have organised so many Courses and Workshops this year and best wishes for the forthcoming workshops.” says Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi (Assistant Secretary General of Islamic Education)
Sayyid Muhsin Tabatabi al Hakim is considered to be one of the most famous scholars in last 50 years. After Ayatullah Burujardi, he was among the renowned Maraji of Najaf.
‘Therefore offer prayer for your Lord, and do the sacrifice.’ (Quran 108:2). ‘Qurbani’ is Arabic for ‘sacrifice’ of an animal (usually a cow, sheep or goat) in the way of Islam whose meat is then distributed among the deserving for consumption.