The Youth of Durban converged at Hartley Road Primary School in Overport for the ‘6-A-Side Soccer Tournament’ hosted by the Darul Ihsan Centre’s ‘Youth of the Ummah’ division on Saturday, 01 March 2014. The youth, who were accompanied by their respective team leaders and Ulama, participated in the arranged football fixture and other development activities.
A total of twenty four teams comprising two divisions of boys under 13 (14 teams) and under 16 (10 teams) competed against each other in an exciting and jubilant day of soccer. The programme ‘kicked-off’ at 9:00 am and ended at 4:30 pm. The participants, numbering almost 200 were drawn from many different areas and included participation from Madrasahs, Muslim schools and Islamic institutes.
About fifty facilitators comprising Ulama, staff members of Darul Ihsan Centre and coaches representing their respective teams oversaw the smooth running of the programme. Lunch and refreshments were provided for all participants followed by Zuhr Salah
After Zuhr Salah some relevant advices were given followed by a brief Q & A session. The participants were constantly reminded of their Islamic identity in terms of dress code and behaviour both on and off the field.
The programme concluded with a prize giving to the winning teams and the runners-up of both divisions.
Alhamdulillah, despite the summer heat, the youth thoroughly enjoyed the activities of the day and there was positive feedback from the coaches who were ‘most impressed’ with the organising of the tournament and expressed the need for it to be a regular event.
Now in its 4th year, the ‘Youth of the Ummah’ (‘YOU’) held a special programme for varsity students on 14 February 2014 at the various tertiary campuses in KZN. The programme was strategically held on the first Friday of the academic year coinciding with the Jumuah lecture.
The purpose of the programme was to make first year students and those in advanced years of study aware of the numerous challenges faced at campus and to assist them in identifying ways to deal with these challenges.
Speakers at the venues were, Mufti Zubair Bayat (Howard College campus), Mufti Shafique Jakhura (DUT), Maulana A Akoo (PMB Campus), Maulana AC Mahommedy (UKZN Westville Campus) and Mufti Ebrahim Backus (Natal Medical School).
The programmes also aspired to motivate our young learners in the campus environment to use this valuable opportunity to assert their Muslim identity and promote Islam through their Islamic conduct.
The programme is held annually and is well received by the institutions.
‘YOU’ wishes all Muslim students the best in their academic endeavours and prays for their success in becoming true leaders of this Ummah.
Youth of the Ummah (Y.O.U.) – Youth Wing of Darul Ihsan Centre
Virtue of Making Salaam First: Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (Radhiallahu Anhu) relates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said: “The one who makes salaam first is free from pride.” (Baihaqi – Shu’abul Imaan 6/433)