This year’s Ramadan Program was special one. The first Ramadan after two years of lock downs due to COVID pandemic.
The realisation of the blessings of the Mosque we have after been deprived for two years, the joy and community feeling, the sharing and being together again to name just a few of our great experiences during this years Ramadan.
From the 2nd of April till the 2nd of May 2022 the Youth Club of ICCI ran its Ramadan Program for boys 13-17years of age. Wednesday till Friday from 4-6pm and Saturday with ZOOM Online Halaqah from 3-4pm and Halaqah on site from 5:30-7pm for the entire month, with reminders, games, charity and quality time together.
This year the Ramadan program was rich in different activities and the boys had a real chance to “Experience the Month of Change” with all the ingredients emphasised in this blessed month, like connecting to the Quran with knowledge and action, compassion by sharing and providing for the needy, helping and sharing in a good cause with our own charity fundraiser for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, strengthening friendships and having fun.
The boys also had the opportunity to learn and explain surah “Ar-Rahman” from the Quran, benefiting from many reminders together with the boys from Muslim Youth Ireland, to enjoy playing football for charity towards building water-wells with “One Body One Ummah” with FIFA “Fasting Is For Allah” Ramadan Football Cup. The boys even went on their own “Fast and Fasting” driving experience of Go Karting.
Again, at the end of the Ramadan we experienced mixed feelings of sadness and joy. Sadness because of the departing of this Blessed month, and joy because of the great memories of the time we spent together and the coming of Eid.
Overall, together with Allah’s great reminder to value and appreciate that what we have, we enjoyed the “Month of Change”, we strengthened our connection with Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and the Quran alhamdulallah
All that and more gave us a unique Ramadan experience this year, Alhamdulillah.