19 August 2018
7 Zul Hijjah 1439
To spiritually prepare ourselves prior to Eidul Adha, the Annual Hajj Roadshow took place on the 19th August 2018 at Masjid An-Nahdhah for students of Madrasah As-Soabereen (Bishan); done by the students themselves.
The main objective of this Roadshow was to direct the students’ thought process towards their purpose of life and the distractions that weakens their relationship with Allah. These objectives were centered on the theme; “The Forgotten Promise”.
وَلَـقَدْ عَهِدْنَاۤ اِلٰٓى اٰدَمَ مِنْ قَبْلُ فَنَسِىَ وَلَمْ نَجِدْ لَهٗ عَزْمًا
And We had already taken a promise from Adam before, but he forgot; and We found not in him determination.
Surah Taha: Verse 115
The main objective of this event was to make students realise the purpose of life, relationship between them and god and make them love Islam.
To make this event meaningful to the students the Bishan Boys Hub has been planning rigorously for the past 1.5 months to make certain that the objectives of the roadshow will be met.
On the day of the Hajj Roadshow, set-up of booths commenced at 9.00 am. By 2.30pm, the Atrium of Masjid An-Nahdhah was ready to kick-start the Hajj Roadshow.
The Hajj Roadshow comprised of 7 booths for Nursery to Primary 4, and Primary 5 Girls to Parents Class (Females) that catered to the content relevant to kids, teenagers and adults. To ensure relevancy, 5 booths were set-up for Primary 5 Boys to Adult Class (Males). Therefore, every participant could have valuable take-away at the end of the roadshow.
SYNOPSIS OF BOOTHS
Kalimah Shahadah is known to be a pledge of acceptance that Allah is the only god and Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) is Allah’s messenger. However, many of us may have forgotten the in-depth meaning of the pledge of acceptance. To convey the message, students from Middle Primary to Parents Class were shown videos, Quran Ayats and succinct pictorial messages that were thoughT-provoking. Through the booth, many realised the importance of upholding the promise we have made to Allah.
As for young children, they were involved in an activity that required them to throw dolls to their Ustazahs. The Ustazahs were however, supposed to purposely miss the thrown dolls to portray that they got hurt. When the children realised that their Ustazahs were hurt, the children conveyed that they expected their respective Ustazahs to catch the doll, instead. Through the activity, the children learnt that the trust was broken.
Morale: We promise Allah that we will be good. But if we fail and keep doing wrong things, we are breaking the promise made to Allah.
The court room was meant for participants to recall the body parts we have been blessed with and the importance of each body part to be functioning.
Moral: Allah created us in good shape. He has given us eyes to see good things, hands to do good things and Legs to walk. He has incorporated lungs, throat, voice box, tongue and lips to allow us to speak. Thus, we should pledge that we will do things that are pleasing to Allah.
Participants where led to a board filled with pictorials that were relevant worldly distractions for the respective target audience – children, teenagers and adults. The audience were able to link their daily activities that distract them from the remembrance of Allah. Tips were provided on how worldly distractions can be handled better.
Moral: Any activity that results in us not remembering Allah or not performing an action for the sake of Allah is considered to be worldly distraction.
Free will relates to Mankind being able to choose what they want in life. Mankind is known to be the best creation as we have the free will to do what we want, unlike other creations. Participants were given different scenarios to make them understand the concept of free will.
Moral: In any scenario, we are fully liable for the decision we take as we have free will. By remembering the promise made to Allah, we may continuously make decisions that pleases Allah.
The booth was more relevant for the children and teenagers. Participants were encouraged to share their ambition. Some had the opportunity to dress up as per their ambition. After which, they were prompted on how they can achieve their ambition without studying or working hard. This will pilot to them being unable to contribute to the society.
Moral: It is key to have an ambition to work towards. With effort from oneself and trust in Allah, it is possible to fulfill one’s ambition.
The participants were given scenarios and were asked to weigh the deeds. They realised that it is a continuous effort to do good deeds that can outweigh bad deeds. Some realised that being silent when a wrong occurs during their presence will also equate to bad deeds.
Moral: Surround yourself with good people who will only speak, see and do good. Therefore, good deeds can outweigh bad deeds.
Overview of Hajj
The other booths facilitated in the participants’ understanding that before performing Hajj, individuals have to understand that they have to know their creator by heart and also control their desires (nafs) by not giving in to Shaitan’s whispers (distractions). With the main objective of the exhibition in mind, the participants learnt about days spent in Mecca during Haj and the key activities, which are mainly done in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S)’s history.
Moral: If the other pillars of Islam are done properly with the right understanding, Hajj can be performed well.
“Am I not Your Lord?”
Surah Al-A’raf: Verse 172
We shall strive to remember the promise we have made to Allah and fulfill it to the best of our ability.