Tonight the SIJNY
Moms had their first ever Pre-Loved Book Fair! Children donated
books they'd already read and loved, then got to shop for new ones! It was so nice to see the kids
looking through the books to find their next read! Alhamdulillah we
raised $635! Thank you to all our donors, shoppers and librarians who kept
everything nice and neat!
This Muharram, in addition to our regular workshop classes for 2-8 year olds, we started a new initiative for our 9-12 year old children. In an effort to get them ready to join the regular majalis sessions, we thought it necessary for them to go through a 'training' on how to listen to, reflect on and absorb a majalis before being thrown into it like many of us were.
Brother Mazaher Tejani has been kind enough to share his time and knowledge with our children and help prepare them for the many many majalis they will be exposed to in their lives. His workshop promotes healthy discussion and conversations about azadari and the story of Imam Hussain and his journey to Karbala. The children are in a safe space where they can ask questions that they may not be able to ask a maulana sitting on the mimbar in the middle of a majlis.
Inshallah these sessions will make this group of children better prepared to take in the messages delivered from the mimbar or any lecture in an e…
Congratulations to our 8-10 year old workshop class for choosing, planning, and taking the first step towards their first independent fundraiser for underprivileged children. They raised over $300 on Sunday night for their worthy cause. The money they collected will be used to buy toys and activities that will be sorted into goody bags to distribute to the children when they come to the soup kitchen. In addition we will be able to send some bags to less fortunate Muslim children in NY. The children have been learning about the power of kindness during the month of Ramadhan and took it upon themselves to do something good for others. We are very proud of these children! They may be your children, but they are also our children 😊
On Saturday June 11 we had the pleasure of welcoming Br. Amin Aaser of Noor Kids Book into our center. He conducted two presentations for our children. One for ages 2-7 and the second for ages 8-14.
During the first session Amin told personal stories and engaged the children using his dynamic storytelling ability. The kids laughed as they learned important lessons about being good Muslims.
The second session was much deeper and using a very difficult time in his life he related to the children how stories from the Quran about the prophets, helped him gain hope, patience and a strong work ethic to bear the weight of his mothers illness. The children were captivated by his rich storytelling and the passion with which he spoke of his mother and how much she meant to him.
The ease with which he tied in the quranic stories was beautiful and showed the children how these stories from so long ago are still relevant to our daily lives and problems.