All Praises and Thanks be to Allah swt, the Lord of the Universe.
May Peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon our beloved Rasulullah (s.a.w) who said, ‘Whoever loves the masjid, Allah loves him.’
Narrated by Abu Said Khudri( r.a)
The best way to develop affiliation to the masjids, is by staying over at them. What other fun way to do so, than our madrasah camp.
First organized in 1998, IMSSA Family Camp is an annual retreat which seeks to inculcate a deep love for the mosque in the students of IMSSA. Organized by the volunteers and senior students of IMSSA from both Yishun and Bishan Mosque, the camp provides an avenue for the students to experience i’tikaf (retreating/staying over in a masjid), along with praying the five daily solat in congregation. Organizers also hope that the camp will equip the students characters and attributes of our Prophet Muhammad ( s.a.w).
This year, the camp was carried out on 16-19 March at Masjid An-Nahdah (Bishan mosque) and involved a total of about 150 boys and 50 volunteers. Revolving around the theme of ‘Connecting our Children to the Best of Generations’, campers were treated to a meaningful experience filled with games and activities ranging from a giant Snake and Ladder Game and Halal Shopping to numerous entertaining skits involving Prophets mentioned in the Quran.
One of the highlights of the camp was praying Fajr prayers as Jemaath. Staying over in the masjid premises for the whole 3 days allowed the students to pray their 5 compulsory prayers in congregation. This was especially so for the important farlu dawn prayers also known as Fajr Prayers. As students need to go to school in the morning at 7.30am, many of them are not able to go to the masjid to pray. However, they were able to get the rewards of the prayer because IMSSA Family Camp.
In addition, the 3rd Khalifah Rashidoon, Uthmaan (RA) reported that Prophet (saw) had said:
“Whosoever prays Isha in congregation, is it as if he spent half the night in prayer,
and whosoever prays Fajr in congregation, it is as if he spent the whole night in prayer.” Hence, the students were blessed with the opportunity to pray their 5 daily prayers, especially Fajr, as jamaath, in the masjid, throughout this camp. Alhamdulilah, some students even woke up slightly earlier to pray Tahajjud prayers.
The numerous activities set up by the organizers were another highlight of the camp. This included meaning yet fun activities such as Halal-shopping, snake and ladder game and many more. Varying from class to class, these activities were tailored specifically for the needs of their students. Furthermore, these activities brought the fun element into learning, ensuring that the students have a more holistic Islamic learning curriculum. Moreover, this was a good platform for them to develop their interpersonal skills and bond better with their peers. The students really enjoyed the activities and they look forward to coming to the masjid to learn more about Islam.
The P5 & P6 students were exposed to the different halal symbols commonly seen, around supermarkets and they learnt how to carefully select and buy their snacks for tea-time. Students learnt to vet through the whole list of ingredients for certain products without halal symbol, before they purchased. The students had fun, while they applied their Fiqh lesson practically.
Everyone loves a round of snake and ladder game. Campers were surprised with a human-sized snake and ladder game where they, get to be the pawns. Students, in their groups, were allowed to roll the big, inflatable dice after they had answered the Islamic questions right.
During the Boys camp, 20 boys headed down to Bishan Intellectually Disable Home on 17th march 2017
The boys was assigned to each resident. Together with the residents, they planted little seedling of Chye Sim and Bayam (Hydroponics planting) into Bishan Home Hydroponics shelter. This trip was very fruitful and meaningful. The residents taught the boys the meaning of life indeed!
The word hydroponics comes from two Greek words, “hydro” meaning water and “ponics” meaning labor. The hydroponic plant requires very little energy to find and break down food. The plant then uses this saved energy to grow faster and to produce more fruit.
Bishan Home invited us again for harvesting on 8/4/17.Looking forward to meet them soon!
Our boys headed down to Masjid Salim Matar,.Subuhannallah our boys got the opportunity to lay out sejadah for the Friday prayers. They were also involve in cleaning bookshelf, railing for staircase and some minor sweeping
The Blessed Prophet (SAW) said, “Whosoever removes adhaa (anything repulsive or harmful) from the masjid, Allah will make a house for him in Jannah.” (ibn majah)
The boys enjoyed doing the given tasks as a team. They also felt good they were a reason to gain Allah (swt)’s love.
A new initiative is brought by Bishan boys to reach out to the people who needs more than us. These boys did their part by lending a helping hand to these people
We have instilled the characters of Prophet Muhammad (saw)through this exercise. The boys packed the necessary basic items.
With the help from our nurturing young leaders Ustads , Ustazahs and our Parents, we transported the goods to 15 different families
The P4 & P5 Bishan Boys had a great time at the MacRitchie Park on 18 Mar 2017, Sat. The objective of the camp was to appreciate nature and to love animals.
The boys enjoyed activities like stone skipping, juggling, riddles and cup stacking. They were also involved in dribbling soccer. The best feature in the nature walk was the forest trail taking pictures of mammals, reptiles, aquatic life, flowering plants, birds and insects.
Not only the boys enjoyed themselves to the fullest, they observed the behaviour animals and the beauty of nature. Indeed, it was an event to be remembered by the P4 & P5 Boys!
Praises to Allah for making this camp a beneficial and meaningful one both the students and the volunteers. This camp wound not have been possible without the hard work done by all our Ameers and the benefit they derived from this camp. Especially working together to make the Camp a great success for all the boys. The coordination, leadership qualities they gained, teamwork, patience, mentorship, cooperation, skills learnt (making drinks, cleaning toilets, providing mass meals, mass cleaning etc). The teamwork involved can never be felt elsewhere! And also the strong support from our Parents who have helped through cash donations and food sponsors.
May Allah (swt) reward all the volunteers and student leaders for their excellent efforts. Aameen.