16 July 2013

LIVE Ramadhan Series: What if this is our LAST Ramadhan? with Young Muslims Project

YMP is an English based group of urban Muslim youth coming together in the interest of Islam.

With its main objective to connect young Muslims based around Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, YMP organises youth oriented sessions once a fortnight open to all of its members and interested individuals. Each session revolves around Islam with creed (tawheed) as our conduit to achieve His blessings. These exciting sessions range from diversified intellectual discourses and open sharing circles that hope to bring us closer to God (Insha Allah); fun filled recreational activities and tummy filling food festivals that never fails to bring us closer to each other, as well as social welfare activities in reaching those in dire need to bring us closer to everyone. All these activities are planned with much hope of helping each other learn and understand about the teachings of Islam and its relevance in our life.

In recognizing the diversified background of each member, YMP has a strong policy of not being judgmental to anyone and sincerely open to accept as well as to embrace anyone who is interested to bridge a link with Islam.

The Islamic bond that it creates within its members has been growing from the time YMP was first established. With an average of about 20 pax per session, YMP’s more than 4000 virtual members suggest the growing need for a social support group to cater for these youth to face the challenges of growing up in today’s conventional hip and cool environment.

The Shariah compliant brotherly and sisterly love and energy that it creates amongst its members have allowed YMP to achieve many amazing activities such as “We Are In This Together: Muslim Youth & The Future Youth Camp 2010”, “The Arts And Knowledge Tour 2009”, “Ramadhan specials” and the list goes on and on. Log on to our Facebook account to view our professionally crafted posters of all our activities, photos and future events.

YMP is open to the many views of the Muslim jurists as an inspiration for our members to delve in further with their own accredited Shariah scholar. As our members are not scholars of the Shariah, we try to stay away from scholarly opinions or fiqh matters. Rest assured that YMP is indeed capable in translating serious issues into the language of the modern youth. At the same time, considering that we are based in Malaysia, our events are carefully structured to be mindful and in respect of the diverse cultural background of all Malaysians in particular and other cultures around the world in general, the views of Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), other Malaysian religious authorities and also to be in line with the laws of Malaysia.

In mobilizing youths toward a better understanding of Islam as a way of life, YMP strives to be the leading platform to have their voice heard and inspire others to be better Muslims.

The Young Muslims Project is certainly the kind of project you would want to be part of in life!

This Ramadhan YMP brings to you their annual Ramadhan Series. It's an open circle where we'll have talks and discussion about Islam, Youth, & Ramadhan. This year Ramadhan Series the theme is "WHAT IF THIS IS OUR LAST RAMADHAN". The talk will be presented by prominent speakers that will be announced weekly through YMP's Facebook Page and Blog and it will be held EVERY SUNDAY in the month of Ramadhan InshaAllah.

Our whole religion is based around self-control. One of the reasons we pray five times a day is to gain discipline. We fast in Ramadan in order to learn self-restraint. We perform Hajj to practice perseverance. We “lower our gaze” to resist temptation. Even the pursuit of wealth always comes back to examine the how and why of whatever we earn and spend. We have been told to watch over what we say, “speak good, or remain silent”. We have to constantly & consciously exert control over our thoughts and feelings. We have to manage our anger, pride and jealousy. We constantly have to check our actions against our intentions.

Forgiveness is another attribute which has received due attention in Islam and which has been extensively discussed in the Holy Qur'an and hadiths. As human beings we are responsible, but we do also make mistakes and we are constantly in need of forgiveness, from God and from our fellow human being. We need both, because we do wrong in our relations to God as well as in our relations to each other. The question is, how can we be humble enough to always seek His forgiveness and forgive others, who just like us, are imperfect? Why is forgiveness so powerful?

Come and join us this Sunday as Sister Tasneem discusses the power of these two attributes and how can we train ourselves to apply and live with them this Ramadhan and beyond.

About the speaker:
Tasneem Ghauri
Da’eah, Motivational Speaker, Qur’an Teacher, Counselor

Tasneem Ghauri was born and raised in Montreal, Canada where she completed her secondary schooling in English and French and was elected class valedictorian. She obtained a Teacher’s Aide Diploma followed by a TEFL Diploma. She taught English in a Muslim school and taught Qur’aan / Tajweed and Islamic Studies for 6 years in her local Masjid. She is the former chairperson and volunteer of the Amal Center for Women, a Montreal organization that serves women facing difficult situations. She has volunteered extensively in both the non-Muslim and Muslim communities. She conducted halaqahs for young girls on a variety of topics and was also responsible for travelling to local non-Muslim schools to make presentations on Islam. She is the mother of one and is currently living in Malaysia and in the second year of her BA in Islamic Studies with the Islamic Online University. She has continued to conduct halaqahs for sisters here in Kuala Lumpur and has participated in various Islamic programs, both as a student of knowledge and as a lecturer. She is a self-taught cake decorator, loves to read and loves children dearly.

Ever since we were we born, most of us are being taught to score hundreds of A's, get into a good college, get a good job, good pay, get married, have a comfortable lifestyle and live "happily ever after". In a sense all that we are doing is for the duniya. We often think that tomorrow will come as if God owes us another day, but what if this was our last Ramadhan?

What would happen to our relationship with the Duniya?
We have been living in this duniya, striving for it for all our lives. Are we just going to let it go?
Are we ready to let it go? Should we?
Can't we just hold on to it and bring it with us to the hereafter?
What does Islam teach us about the Duniya?

InshaAllah these are among some of the questions that we will discuss in 2nd Episode of The Ramadan Series by Young Muslims Project. Come and join us this Sunday!

About the speaker:
Sh. Shareef El-Arbi

Sh. Shareef is of Libyan-American descent. He lived most of his life in the United States of America. He has a bachelors in Business Administration from the U.S. and an MBA from Australia. He works as a project manager for an IT company. He has been blessed to be active with the Muslim youth from a young age. He studied Arabic and Islamic studies in Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. He is a prominent Da'ie amongst the English speaking Malaysian Da'wah circuit.

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