Safar\Rabi-Ul-Awwal 1424 H
Volume 16-05 No : 197
Camps \ Workshops
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This summer, a number of Muslim organisations have planned out residential and non-residential summer camps where they will inculcate moral values, amongst children as young as six years, discovers M.H.Lakdawala.
Gone are the days when summer holidays meant playing and having fun at home or at grandma’s place. Generation next, faces a tougher life and has to contend with stress and depression due to increased aggression and degradation of values. Therefore this summer, a number of religious and spiritual organisations have organised residential and non-residential summer camps and courses where they plan to inculcate moral values, impart training in yoga to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst children as young as six years. The Jamaat-e Islami, Mumbai has organised a special three- day residential programme for children between six to 13 years and also parents at Mahabaleswar, a picturesque hill station, 160 kms from Mumbai. Mehmood Patel, organiser of the camp said that “we combine spiritual and recreation to make it more appealing for the children and parents”. Maulana Faroque Khan from Delhi will conduct the workshop.
“The camp will teach children the basics of Islam such as Namaz, life of Prophets, how to read Quran, personality development, ethics and moral values,” says Patel. We started this workshop due to an overwhelming demand put up by the parents. The course is a residential one, it would teach children, through practical training in Namaz . The course will also help children develop self -discipline and attain high concentration levels through prayers,” he said.
A Muslim women’s group has invited A.W. Sadathullah Khan, editor of Islamic Voice to conduct a three- day workshop exclusively for Muslim women. Bushra Bearingwala, organiser of the workshop said, “we had targeted 100 women to attend, but within a week we received 75 confirmations.” We have to refuse the request from many as we had the capacity of only 100.The response for the workshop was mainly from the students who finished their exams and also house wives who were relieved from the stress of their children’s exams,” she said.
According to Sadathullah Khan, the intention of the workshop is “to empower women to face the challenges the world throws at her and to create a successful life with love, peace and happiness. This workshop is not of imparting some concepts or knowledge of Islam, but to discover her (participant) true self from false-hood that will bring bliss, joy and peace in her life”. He said this workshop is about the application of Islam, the knowledge of which they already know. We coach them with whatever they know, how they could apply and lead a powerful and responsible life”.
One of the participants who attended Khan’s workshops in Pune said “I have found a great change in me. There is a sense of happiness and peace within me. I do not get perturbed by any day to day hard ships”.
The National Education Society, is conducting separate classes for the Quranic Arabic for both male and female students. It is free, and students are encouraged to study Quran from the Arabic text rather then the translation. Rafique Qasam, organiser of the workshop said, “Allah’s word deserves to be studied from its original source rather then depending on the translation which can never compensate for the original language”.
Markazul Ma'arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC), is conducting a three day workshop for boys.
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