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Muslim Family Services (MFS) is pleased to announce our upcoming interactive youth workshop. The workshop is scheduled to take place Saturday October 18th from 11:00am-3:00pm inshAllah.

Our aim for the workshop is to bring cross-community youth together to discuss pertinent issues plaguing their demographic in an interactive and engaging way.

All middle school and high school youth are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. Parents are also welcome. FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided inshAllah. Registration starts at 10:00 am sharp. Breakfast will also be served then as well. Since this workshop is in a 3 hour window, we plan to start on time inshAllah.

Topics discussed at this seminar will be:

  • Drug-Substance Abuse
  • Developing good relationships with Parents
  • Relationships and Social Diseases
  • Good Character (Akhlaq & Adab)

Speakers:

Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali (MFS Director & MCWS Canton Masjid Imam)

Sr. Tahira Khalid (MSW, CSW)

Br. Osama Odeh (MCWS Youth Boys Director)

Sr. Jumana Abu Salah (MCWS Youth Girls Director)

Br. Halim Naeem (PHD, LLP)

Registration is absolutely FREE. Please register online by reserving your eventbrite ticket here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stronger-youth-greater-tomorrow-interactive-youth-workshop-tickets-13680399443

 Also, please help us spread the word by sharing this event onFacebook and twitter.

 

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at(313) 366-6800 or respond to this email.

 

We hope to see you all this Saturday InshAllah!

 

Al-Ikhlas Youth Workshop Flyer

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On Saturday September 20th, we at Muslim Family Services (MFS) held our very first youth workshop. The workshop was titled “Akhlaq and Adab: Building Good Character and Manners”. This workshop aimed at inspiring self-reflection and ultimately self-improvement. On the panel was Br. Suleiman Salem of ICD Youth, Dr. Nadeem Siddiqui, Sr. Maimuna Habeebulah and Sr. Saniyah Shahid, LLMSW.

The workshop was opened up by Br. Suleiman Salem, a very active youth leader and speaker both in the Michigan Muslim Community as well as nationally. Br. Suleiman began by defining the term akhlaq as one’s character or way of dealing with society and those around them.  He stated the virtues and importance of having good akhlaq and adab citing the famous hadith “The most beloved of Allah’s servants are those with the best manners”, found in Sahih Al-Bukhari.  The great rewards that one will attain if sincerely striving to have good akhlaq and adab for the pleasure of Allah swt are unimaginable.  Br. Suleiman did an excellent job of highlighting these rewards and virtues.

                Upon discussing the contributing factors to one’s character, Br. Suleiman narrated a story of a young sister who took a turn and started hanging out with the wrong crowd. Her association with these people of bad influence caused her to abandon hijab, good gatherings and caused negligence in her practice of Islam. One day, this girl had a nightmare in which she saw the dajjal being followed by many people; her friends were amongst that group of people. She felt an inclination to join them in following him because she wanted to accompany her friends. As she was following this evil group, she felt several tugs at her from behind. Finally, she turned around and saw who she recognized to be Issa (AS) although she could not see his face. He asked her why she was following this group; she replied that she wanted to accompany her friends. Issa (AS) responded ‘you do not belong here (to this group)’. Upon hearing that, the young sister woke up in tears and immediately began repenting to Allah swt. After that frightening nightmare, the sister began turning her life around and striving in her deen, Alhamdulilah.

                Br. Suleiman’s segment served as a reminder of what can happen if a person chooses to abandon good character. By sharing both sirah and personal examples, he successfully made the point that the struggle to develop and maintain good akhlaq and adab is something that all human beings can relate to. Br. Suleiman ended advising us all to apply the knowledge that we have been blessed with, in our lives. He reminded us that knowledge without application is ultimately useless.

                During the interactive segment led by Sr. Maimuna and Saniyah, the audience was split into 4 groups and given a scenario. Each group was to dissect the scenario and come up with a solution that demonstrated the best of akhlaq and adab for that particular situation. One of the scenarios involved an employee plagued by her co-worker’s foul language and discussions in the workplace. The employee needed to find a way to escape the awkward situations and discussions she was being put in without reciprocating their insulting and rude language out of frustration. The assigned group decided that the employee should have courage and be honest with her co-workers by letting them know that their language and subject matter is offensive and to advice towards better and more productive conversations. The lesson stressed the fact that though others may not share your beliefs and values, one should never compromise their own values to appease others.

                The audience was also shown a ‘what would you do’ video where a stranger had fallen on the street and was at the mercy of onlookers.  Majority of the onlookers kept walking while few stopped to help. After the video had ended, the audience was encouraged to always do the right thing no matter how difficult or inconvenient helping may be at that time. We should be there for others when they need us according to the best of standards.

The audience enjoyed delicious sandwich wraps for lunch as Dr. Nadeem Siddiqi educated us all on the importance of a Personal Development Plan (PDP). He stated that in order to have tangible evidence of your everyday doings and dealings, it is best to set goals and log your efforts along the way. Small steps lead to big changes and inshAllah efficiency. He gave examples of some of his students’ progress from being unaware of their everyday task up until having developed the habit of keeping track of their actions. All of this recording ultimately helps individuals become more organized and self-aware of personal strengths and weaknesses.

                All of these segments tied together very well and stressed the point that the time for self-reflection is now. With reminders from the best of generations, video evidence of what selfishness causes and a tangible PDP set forth, inshAllah we can all improve our lives. This workshop was a success by Allah swt’s permission. InshAllah, MFS will offer more beneficial workshops in the future.

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Speakers: (From left)Br. Suleiman Salem, Sr. Maimuna Habeebulah, Sr. Saniyah Shahid LLMSW, Dr. Nadeem Sidiqqi

Group CollageGroup Activity: Recognizing Akhlaq and Adab

 

 

 

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Please join MFS this saturday September 20th, 2014 in reflecting on our personal character and learning about how to change for the better, inshAllah. This is a Youth focused workshop but all are welcome to attend!

 

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As many of you may know, ICNA Relief's National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) has deployed to the Metro-Detroit area in response to the flood we had a couple of weeks ago. Over 18,000 homes and businesses were affected by the flood and it is by the mercy of Allah(swt) that the Muslims were some of the first to respond.
 
As Muslims, we have a duty to our brothers and sisters, as well as all of mankind to show compassion and kindness especially in times of devastation and despair. It is for this very reason that you are receiving this email. The Muslim Family Services and the NDRT invite you, your friends and family to join us in 'mucking out and gutting' homes damaged in the flood. As a team, we will be clearing debris within the homes, removing damaged upholstery, walls, carpeting/flooring and household items.
 
Many of the families affected by the flood are Muslims. Despite religious affiliation, NDRT has been providing relief services on fair and equal terms. We are asking all volunteers to wear clothing that they don't mind getting dirty, closed-toe shoes(preferably gym shoes or rain boots) and full length pants (even if under your garments). This is to ensure the safety and  wellness of our volunteers. The NDRT will provide all volunteers with adequate safety gear such as: goggles, gloves and breathing mask in addition to demolishing materials such as hammers and other tools. All volunteers will be assigned a task and instructed onsite.
 
You may register as a volunteer here:

https://docs.google.com/a/icnarelief.org/forms/d/15U4r6xv_aV3LrvUWtTMWTFrQJDGLl78M-B3OYBMEUss/viewform .

 

You may still show up onsite tomorrow morning at 9:30 am to volunteer even if  you registered at the last minute. 

 

***Please view the attached pdf for additional details.

 

The address for tomorrow's disaster relief is:

 

7428 Normile St. Dearborn, MI 48126
Please arrive promptly at 9:30 am.
We hope to see you all there inshAllah!
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ICNA Relief's National Disaster Response Team alongside AmeriCorps volunteers
 
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The SAFRP intends to help deserving individuals/families fully take advantage of the blessed month of Ramadan by easing some of their difficulties. The program is meant to increase a sense of community and provide opportunities for community members to serve one another. As part of the program, interested community members can financially contribute or donate food items. The monetary or in-kind donations will be used to create Ramadan Baskets. The primary components of these baskets will be food products tailored to the specific client-family’s cultural or personal cuisine/diet.

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This year, from June 1st-24th, we accepted both in-kind and monetary donations for our SAFRP project. Monetary donations were submitted online through our website and by check or money order.  In-Kind donation or food boxes assembled by the sponsors were delivered to Muslim Family Services (MFS) to be received by the families in need. Tuesday June 24th and Wednesday June 25th, we invited volunteers out to help us package and drop off our SAFRP food boxes to this year’s families. Alhamdulilah, volunteers showed up from all over Southeastern Michigan to join in our initiative.

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The food that each family received was catered to their specific ethnic cuisine. Items like: lentils, spaghetti, rice and spices were given accordingly. In addition, every family also received fresh eggs, produce, milk, lamb, chicken and beef. Each family was sponsored for the entire month of Ramadan.

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It is the programs like SAFRP that really put things into perspective. The blessing of having healthy food to eat should not be taken for granted. As Muslims, it is our responsibility to make sure that our neighbors are taken care of as well. May Allah (swt) reward all of the Muslim families that sponsored families this year. It is your generous and compassionate donations that fund our programs and initiatives.  Thank you so very much for all that you do for our communities!

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