Spiritual Night Summary (May 11)

 

Last night, we gathered for our first Spiritual Night of the month where we celebrated mom a day early in honor of Mother’s Day. It was a heartwarming evening filled with smiles and fun for everyone. 
 
We kicked off the night’s activities with a Mother’s Day Bake Sale in our back parking lot. Sister Naz Harahap offered to oversee the booth with a couple of volunteers. Over the course of the night, they plated and sold a table full of donated cakes, cookies and other desserts. With this small community fundraiser, we were able to bring in a little more than $300 to help fund a program for mothers in the coming months. 
 
At 8:30 PM, children began arriving for our weekly Kids’ Program. I ran through the parking lot corralling kids and telling parents about the “I <3 Ramadan” activity being facilitated by Wasi in the MYG Room. For about an hour, he sat with a group of approximately 30 kids ages 4 – 13 (along with some parents) and discussed the basics of Ramadan and fasting. They drew pictures of what Ramadan means to them and took a few minutes to share their drawings with the group. Feedback from the parents and children was very positive. Wasi did a great job engaging the kids. Parents and children all left happy and asking for more information on upcoming kids’ programs.
 
Once Iftar ended, vendors began arriving for our revamped Night Market. This year, we have a registration process, online payment processing ($50 table fee), and an organized unload/load-up process to help keep things professional, fair, and safe for everyone. There has been a bit of push-back from vendors on this year’s reduced days and hours, but we have explained that if they follow the system, we will consider expanding the marketplace. We had 4 paid vendors register this past weekend (raising $200), and now that word is spreading, we already have more signed-up for next weekend. 
 
At the conclusion of Taraweeh prayers, we handed out 200 flowers to mothers as they exited the prayer area. The energy was good and ladies were laughing and taking selfies together and with their children. As they exited through the Social Hall, over 150 people stopped at our Mother’s Day photo booth to have their pictures taken in front of the backdrop with mom. Free photos were printed and are available for pick-up at the Front Desk.
 
All-in-all, this past weekend was a beautiful celebration of motherhood and our first week of Ramadan. We have another weekend full of exciting programs to look forward to on May 18, and hope that you’ll join us with your families and loved ones! We will be hosting part two of our kids’ program – an “I <3 Ramadan Ice Cream Social,” kid’s adhan, Night Market, midnight tafseer – “Pearls of the Quran,” and more…
 
This week, please consider how you can support us with our Humanitarian Day drive (in partnership with Umar Hakim and the ILM Foundation), as we collect men’s deodorant (1,000 units) and feminine hygiene products (1,000 units) in the bright colored boxes in our Lobby. Members of our MYG will distribute the items to the homeless on Skid Row later this month. We also have a Ramadan Toy Drive where we are collecting new toys to be wrapped and given out around Eid. Also, consider donating a Quran through our Leave a Legacy program. With each donation of $30, you will help restock the shelves in our Prayer Hall. Please feel free to message me with any questions.
 
Have a great week! See you at the Center soon, insha’Allah.