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IECRC Bahrain Youth Conference 2016

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Links to Conference Videos:

Full Conference

Individual Presentations Playlist


Credit List

All Praise and Credit is due to Allah The Most Exalted

Countless and Choicest Blessings and Salutations upon

His Chosen Beloved and our Master Muhammad Rasool Allah

His Noble Family and Companions radi Allahu anhum ajmaeen


Conference Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri



Imam Malik bin Anas radi Allahu anhu Society, Kingdom of Bahrain


Core Organizing Committee

Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Brother Riaz Shaikh, Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Syeda Sadia Naiman


Special Contributions

Brother Fakherul Islam Malik, Sister Ghazala Fakher, Brother Zainulabedin Muhammad Qadri (Publicity Artwork), Brother Javed Ahmed


Organizing Volunteers

Sister Shagufta Nasir Shaikh, Sister Shamim Hamid Khan (Transport)

Anam Asif, Arafat Diwan, Salman Waseem (Registration)


Event Volunteers

Brother Mohammad Ismail Hussain

Brother Faiz Zain

Brother Syed Obaid, Brother Mohammed Imtiyazuddin (Sound System)

Brother Shahin, Brother Hanif, Brother Rajib, Brother Ahmed Kamal (Hall Setup)

Hafiz Ebrahim Abdulaziz (Photography)


IECRC Boys Group Naat

Brother Alim Riaz Shaikh (Daff Reciter)

Brother Mohammed Taalib Riaz Shaikh

Brother Mohammed Mubashir Mustafa

Brother Ayman Nasir Shaikh

Brother Hassan Mustafa

Brother Anas Nasir Shaikh


A very special thanks to:

Brother Muhammad Tahir Qadri, Producer, Shifa TV


Written by Shagufta Ahmad

May 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm

IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2016

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Individual Presentations Playlist


IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2016

Credit List


All Praise and Credit is due to Allah The Most Exalted

Countless and Choicest Blessings and Salutations upon

His Chosen Beloved and our Master Muhammad Rasool Allah

His Noble Family and Companions radi Allahu anhum ajmaeen



Conference Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri



Imam Malik bin Anas radi Allahu anhu Society, Kingdom of Bahrain


Core Organizing Committee

Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Brother Riaz Shaikh, Syeda Sadia Naiman, Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Aysha Hameed Khan


Special Contributions

Sister Ghazala Fakher, Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik, Mr. Javed Ahmed


Organizing Volunteers

Sister Eman Hameed Khan

Sister Ghazala Mustafa

Sister Aafreen Shaikh

Sister Shamim Hamid Khan (Transport)

Sister Shabina Khalid


Event Volunteers

Brother Mohammad Ismail Hussain

Sister Shahanara Akter

Sister Fatima Mohamed

Brother Mohammad Dastageer, Brother Obaid (Sound System)

Sister Samawat Malik (Hall Decoration)

Sister Aysha Mushtafa (Photography)

Sister Shagufta Banu (Time Keeper)


IECRC Sisters Youth Group – Burdah Shareef

(From Left to Right)

Sister Nabila Sanira

Sister Asha Diwan

Sister Aysha Hameed Khan

Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh

Sister Bushra Quamar

Brother Alim Riaz Shaikh (Backstage Daff Recitation)


A very special thanks to:

Brother Faisal (Dates Donation)

Brother Farouk (Infinity Bahrain – Banner Design and Printing)

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March 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

IECRC Bahrain Picnic 2015

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A’oodhu biLlaahi minash shaytaanir rajeem
BismiLlaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Nahmaduhu wa Nusalli wa Nusallimu ‘alaa Rasoolihil Kareem

IECRC Bahrain Picnic 2015

IECRC Bahrain conducts children’s classes on the first Saturday of each month.

After the completion of our 2nd annual year, we planned our first outing with both children and moms together. IECRC’S 1st annual children’s picnic spot was the “PRINCE SHAIKH KHALIFA BIN SALMAN PARK” famously known as “HIDD PARK” in the beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain. The day was Saturday 21st November, 2015.

With lots of preparations done by our dear aunties Zareen aunty (Chief Picnic Organizer) and Shagufta aunty and our dear aapis Sadiya aapi, Aysha aapi and Asha aapi, a perfect picnic was planned. All the snack and food items were pre-confirmed and a proper schedule and rules list were made by our aapis and few surprise fun activities were also planned in advance. Shagufta ammi showed us how to have fun but also not forget our religious duties.

We began our day with a surprise learning but fun activity. This activity was to find out prayer timings with the help of the sun. In this method we know prayer times by seeing the length of our shadow. So we had to see the length every 10 minutes. After this activity we played throw ball which was great fun and read Dhuhar Namaz followed by dua.

After Namaz there was a snack session. There were varieties of food, Alhamdulillah!!! We all ate our snacks. Later there was a parent teachers meeting. While the meeting was going on, all children were playing on their own. The meeting nearly took half an hour to complete. After the meeting there was a game arranged by Sadiya aapi. The game was ’20 questions’. This game was played as groups and it was a funny and interesting game. The thing which was most interesting in this game was guessing what’s in a person’s mind?? After this game, there was another game called ‘Charades’. This game was like ‘Dumsharaz’ but we had to enact an unknown word. The unique thing about all these games was that the words being used were all related to Islam. So while we had fun with familiar games, by using Islamic terms, we converted them to Islamic games!

After the game was over, we did our activity of determining Namaz time by our shadow. And yes! It was Asr now. We all read Namaz and had our lunch. Everyone shared and enjoyed the food. Lunch was yummy Biryani. The best part of the picnic was after lunch. A game called ‘Zombies’ was set. This game made all kids and elders run simultaneously and it was great fun. After this game there was another game called ‘Help!Help!’ which was also very enjoyable. All of us had a great time!

At the end of the day, as good Muslims we made sure the green park wasn’t dirty. We all cleaned whatever mess was made. Later we all were ready to leave. We left at Maghrib and few people left after Maghrib Namaz.  This wonderful day cheered us all. We had a great memorable time together. Insha Allah looking forward to go to IECRC’s picnic again next year!

I want to thank on behalf of all children our dear Shagufta ammi, Zareen aunty, all other aunties, Sadiya aapi, Aysha aapi, Asha aapi for organizing this wonderful picnic event. Below are some pictures from our picnic:

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Jazak Allah Khayr!

By Alina Naiman

Alina is an 11 year old active student at IECRC children’s classes in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She also attends and participates in IECRC’s other educational conferences and spiritual events. She loves to write and is also a budding poet and orator insha Allah! Masha Allah. May Allah protect all IECRC’s children. Aameen.

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November 28, 2015 at 8:32 am


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Nahmaduhu wa Nusalli wa nusallimu alaa Rasoolihil Kareem


A’oodhu Billaahi Minashaitaanir Rajeem Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.
As Salaamu ‘Alai Kum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakaatuhu!


Today I am going to share my view about Kindness.


In today’s world we find very few people having kindness, but when we see the past we find that all Nabis, Sahabas, Tabi’een, Tabi Tabi’een and Awliya e Kiraam were very kind and generous. They spent their whole life doing Ibadat, preaching Islam and doing khidmat of Allah’s creation.


“Kindness is one part of Khidmat.”


There are four easy steps you can practise to develop Kindness.


1. When you talk to a person, talk to them kindly even if they are your friend or enemy.
2. When you try to explain to your brother, sister, or friend when they are doing something wrong, try to explain to them kindly, not just yell at them.
3. We should be kind to poor people by giving them even 100 fils, not just pretend like we didn’t see them and walk away. In India people think that the beggars are just pretending to be poor. But we should not bother that they are really poor or pretending, instead we should give something to them with correct niyyah.
4. We should be kind to animals, birds and plants .We should not hit them with stones, slippers and sticks. We should just scare them away. They are actually scared of us and want to protect themselves and their babies. We should not pluck flowers or leaves even though they look pretty, nice or smell good. As there is a ‘heart’ in each one of them. Allah has given all the plants, animals and birds a heart and it hurts them deeply.


So these were the few easy steps that we can try to develop so that we can be kind and generous as our scholars.


Jazak Allah Khayr!


— Rida Naiman
Rida is a 9 year old enthusiastic student at the IECRC Bahrain. The above transcript is of a speech she gave during one of IECRC Bahrain’s many spiritual gatherings in the Kingdom. (Masha Allah)

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October 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

IECRC Bahrain Youth Conference 2015

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Pictures from the 3rd Annual IECRC Youth Conference 2015

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June 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm

IECRC Bahrain Annual Women’s Conference 2013

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BismiLlaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolihil Kareem

In its annual tradition and under the patronage of the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society, the Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center (IECRC) conducted its Annual Women’s Conference 2013 at the Bahrain Society of Engineers auditorium in Juffair, Kingdom of Bahrain on February 8, 2013. The theme of this year’s conference was “Loving the Beloved of Allah in the Footsteps of the Noble Companions.” Local speakers enlightened the audience on the lives of the Khulafa Rashideen (Rightly Guided Caliphs) and other Noble Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) emphasizing how they lived a life of complete devotion to the Holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Invited special guest from Pakistan Hafiza Javeria Saleem graced the occasion with her moving recitation of the Holy Quran as well as poetry in praise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. The spiritual and educational gathering was attended by about 150 women and children.

Prior to the Conference opening, past and current IECRC services in the USA and Canada were presented to the audience for their reference. The Conference was then opened with welcoming the audience on behalf of IECRC’s Directors Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri (May Allah protect them and grant them long life with health, Aameen).

Hafiza Javeria Saleem, recipient of the “Best Female Qariya in Pakistan,”  “Youngest Qariya of Pakistan” and “Best Female Naatkhwan in Pakistan” awards, commenced this spiritual and educational gathering with a heart moving recitation of the Chapter Ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful) of the Holy Quran. Sister Sumera and Sister Ruqayya provided the Urdu and English translations of the verses respectively so the audience could benefit from the meanings of these Divine Words.

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Beautiful couplets of Hamd (Praise of Allah Almighty) were presented by Sister Atiya followed by the world renowned Qaseeda Burdah of the great 13th century CE Egyptian scholar and poet Imam Sharafuddeen Busiri rahmatullah alayh presented by Hafiza Javeria in her unique style.

A colorful and dynamic group of young children presented the famous lines of Tala’al Badru ‘alayna – the couplet that exhorts Muslims that it is obligatory upon us to show gratitude to Allah Almighty for the greatest Da’ee that this world has ever seen and will see – the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It was stated that these annual IECRC Conferences in honor of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam were organized in response to this command to exhibit gratitude.

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As per the theme of the Conference, several speakers presented speeches on the lives of the pious Khulafa Rashidun radi Allahu anhum ajma’een. Sister Yasmin Sikandar spoke on the unmatched love that Syedna Abubakr As-Siddeeq radi Allahu anhu had for our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Similarly Sister Ghazala Mustafa spoke on the devotional love of Syedna Umar Farooq ibn Al-Khattab radi Allahu anhu and Syedna Uthman Ghani ibn ‘Affan radi Allahu anhu.

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Organizing Committee member and co-founder of IECRC Bahrain’s efforts, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh presented poignant narrations about Syedna Ali ibn Abi Talib radi Allahu anhu. Long time community member and spiritual guide, Sister Najma Khatoon presented the importance of the Durood Ibrahimi.

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Sister Asma AbdulJabbar of the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society spoke in Arabic, later briefing her talk in English, about the blessed personality of our Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. The series of speeches was rounded off by IECRC USA & Canada representative and co-founder of its work’s expansion in Bahrain, Syeda Shagufta Ahmad who spoke on the love of Syedna Bilal ibn Rabah radi Allahu anhu for the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam also mentioning the “Black” History month commemoration of USA.

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The educational speeches were interlaced with reverberating Naat presentations by Hafiza Javeria Saleem who ended the beautiful gathering with the Salute to our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and the famous Ya Ilahi prayer of the 14th century Hijri Mujaddid Syedna Imam Ahmed Raza Khan rahmatullah alayh.


Syeda Shagufta Ahmed offered the vote of thanks acknowledging the efforts of the dedicated group of sisters who worked to make this event a success along with the brothers who helped from behind the curtains. May Allah reward everyone for their contributions and may HE Almighty accept this humble effort in HIS Divine Court and present its reward as a gift in the Blessed Court of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Aameen.


We pray that this beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain be blessed with many such spiritual and Islamic activities and events. And sincerely pray that the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society of Bahrain and its Chairman Shaykh Rashid bin Ebrahim Al-Muraikhey (hafadhahuLlaah) be equally rewarded for all the pious deeds and actions carried out by Muslims under their patronage and support. Aameen.

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Credit List:

IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2013, Feb 8
Core Organizing Committee:
Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Mrs. Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Mr. Riaz Shaikh, Mr. Zainulabedin Muhammad Qadri
Special Contributions:
Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik, Mr. Javed Ahmed
Organizing Volunteers:
Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Shamim Hamid Khan, Sister Shabana Zain, Sister Shehnaz Mushtaq, Sister Shagufta Nasser, Sister Fakhira Rashid, Sister Sumera Qayyum
Event Volunteers:
Sister Sadia Naiman, Sister Shabina Khalid, Sister Ghazala Fakher, Sister Fatima Nazir, Sister Danya Mustak Shaikh, Sister Nazreen Parker, Sister Saheeba Mustak Shaikh, Sister Tanuja Shamim, Sister Samawat Malik, Brother Naiman, Brother Khalid

Children’s Naat Group:
Daff: Alim Riaz Shaikh, Mic for Daff: Inshaal Asif
Reciters: Taalib Riaz Shaikh, Alina Naiman, Rida Naiman, Anas Nasser, Ayman Nasser, Ayan Nasser, Arwa Mushtaq, Zohan Mushtaq, Arshin Jasnaik, Mariam AbdulMajid, Saira Qayyum, Farha Qayyum, Taniya Qayyum, Qasim Qayyum, Ameena Hamid Khan, Shahadat Haque, Mohammad Ahmed, Mohammad Islam, Amira Rashid, Eman Rashid, Noor Asif, Anam Asif, Aqsa Asif, Faiza Salauddin Shaikh, Filza Hashmi, Shayaan Hashmi, Mudassir Mustafa, Hassan Mustafa
A special acknowledgment to Brother Rizwan of Dnata

And our very special thanks to:
The Imam Malik Bin Anas Society – BUSAITEEN – Kingdom of Bahrain
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Written by Shagufta Ahmad

February 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

IECRC Youth Discussion Forum (YDF)*: Sports

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Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

As-salam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu!

SPORTS!  What is sports? – Sports are different kinds of activities we do in order to stay fit and healthy. Sports these days are the pleasures people prefer to indulge in. People play different sports such as basket-ball, badminton and so forth to maintain their health status and do activities such as aerobics and gymnastics, to stay fit. All of these come under the sports of everyday life or in other terms, activities of everyday life.

Allah The Exalted has given guidance for everything in life. Even Sports! People usually think that things which are not mentioned in the Qur’an are of no importance and we should avoid them. Even though sports is not mentioned in the Qur’an, The Holy Qur’an clearly gives the basic principles of playing sports in Islam. When a Muslim plays sports or indulges himself in certain activities, he should keep in mind that he is bound by the principles of ISLAM. These include basic principles like:

• Firstly, Cleanliness: Not only in sports but also in general, hygiene is a very important factor one should keep in mind while doing anything, sports in particular. We should wear clean clothes and have the proper equipment for playing the sport.

• Secondly, No Cheating: This is also among the most important factors, where the person playing should have a clear and clean mind. He should be fair in his actions and prevent malpractices which may harm his fellow opponents.

• Thirdly, No Violence: Even though we try as hard as we can to avoid fouls during a game, we never succeed. Everyone makes mistakes. Having an open mind is very important so that we can think through the situation in a fair manner. We can do this by avoiding being very aggressive and try to co-operate with the fellow mates.

• Fourthly, No Addiction: Obsession! Addiction! These days the minds of young kids have become violent due to their obsession for sports, may it be indoor or outdoor sports. In outdoor sports, we have certain sports like cricket, football and so forth which are the main addictions to the minds of teen boys. In indoor sports, the latest source of obsession for every kid is the PLAY STATION. When the kids get their hands on the gaming controller, they forget about food, parents, manners  and their responsibilities. They try to postpone their work just so they can catch a few minutes of pleasure. Addiction to anything is strictly forbidden in the Holy  Qur’an and sports is no exception.

In addition to the principles described above, there is one more important rule which every Muslim should follow without any excuse:

MODESTY: This rule applies to both men and women. In the case of men, they must cover between the naval and knees. In the case of women, they are to wear loose clothes which do not show the shape of their bodies. Their hands, legs and head should be covered. Let us take the example of a popular sport, Wrestling. In this sport, we see people who have a bad sense of clothing, in other terms wearing almost nothing. It is not only haraam for them to wear such clothes but it is also a sin on our part to watch them in these vulgar clothes.

Before we move ahead with this topic, I’d like to bring another important aspect to your attention. Did you know that all actions we perform in our day-to-day life fall into five different categories which are described as below:

1) Fardh (obligatory) – All actions which fall in this category are made necessary for us to follow. They are therefore, ‘fardh’ and  we will be punished if we don’t perform them sincerely. Eg: Salat (5 times a day), Fast (in the Holy  Month of Ramadan)

2) Mandub (recommended) – In this category if you do the particular action which is mandub, then you will get its reward but if you don’t do it then you will not get a gunaah (sin). Eg: In Dhuhr prayer, we have 4 cycles of sunnah prayers, 4 cycles of fardh prayers and 2 cycles of sunnah prayers which are all necessary for us to pray. But we also have the 2 cycles of nafl prayers which if prayed will get us a reward and if not prayed won’t get us any gunaah.

3) Mubah (neutral) – In this category are actions which do not have any inherent reward or sin – it depends on our intention. Eg: Suppose you wear a red shirt gifted by your mother without thinking about it. In this case you will not get any reward or sin. However if you wear it with the intention to make your Mom happy, then this action will get you a reward. Most sports would fall into this category except for three which will be mentioned in a Hadeeth below. If the sport is played for a good intention while keeping within all the bounds of the Shari’ah (Islamic law), it can get us a reward and if played for a bad reason or by breaking the rules of Islam, can even get us a sin.

4) Makrooh (disliked) – These actions are disliked by Allah Almighty. However we won’t be punished if we do them but if we avoid them then Allah Almighty will reward us. Eg: We should always pray salat on time. If we are free and wasting our time, leaving namaz for the last minute, it is definitely Makrooh.

5) Haram (forbidden) – The name says it all. The  actions which fall in this category, are strictly forbidden by Allah and by doing this we will be punished no doubt! Eg: Drinking alcohol, immodesty etc.

Let us now talk about the advantages of sports in Islam.

–> It helps to develop the health status of a person. By playing sports, we can stay fit and healthy and can avoid certain illnesses such as obesity.

–> It allows people to interact with each other, with sports being a medium of interaction.

–> Team sports such as cricket, develops important qualities such as leadership, team co-operation and better understanding among fellow mates.

–> Acting and singing (recitation) can also be good activities depending on our intention. But then again it depends on how we see them. If we use our singing (recitation) to improve our vocals and sing (recite) hymns in the praise of Allah ALMIGHTY and poems to praise Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam we would get numerous thawaab or rewards. Similarly if we are acting in role plays or theater the purpose of which is to convey important messages to benefit society then this can be a good act also.

Sports can become a good deed if we remove all the bad things such as cheating, violence, addiction etc. It can also become a good deed if we are doing it for a specific reason such as to stay fit or for a charity. It should not be solely for our own pleasure and purpose. Any sport or activity which becomes an addiction is not good and strictly forbidden in the rules of Islam.

Islam is the most pure religion. Where ever it goes, it purifies it. It decides the actions we do are good or bad. It makes us think whether these actions would harm us or be of any good to us. In short, the main objective of Islam, irrespective of any topic, is to remove the bad and add the good. We should therefore, indulge in good healthy sports but not for the pleasure of it but for the benefit of it to keep us healthy. There are many sports which are excellent examples of good healthy sports such as swimming, squash etc. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised to be involved in three sports: swimming, archery and horseback riding. Swimming is the best exercise because it involves just about every muscle in the body. Archery teaches us precision. Horseback riding makes us sensitive to response because horses are very sensitive to the feelings of its rider. So participating in these sports would actually fall in the category of Mandub as described above.

We should all try to stay fit and healthy by playing the above mentioned  sports by having a good intention of it benefitting us. As the Bukhari Shareef’s  Hadeeth states, “Innamal A’amaalu bin Niyyaat” – Every action depends on its intention.

Thank You!

Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Kingdom of Bahrain

Sadiya Riaz Shaikh is an active youth participant of IECRC Bahrain. She is the daughter of Mrs. Zarine and Mr. Riaz Shaikh who have contributed greatly to the development of IECRC work in Bahrain.

* YDF (Youth Discussion Forum) is an IECRC effort initiated in the Kingdom of Bahrain in order to engage Muslim youth in thoughtful and vibrant discussions on topics that are of interest to THEM. All too often youth are exposed to Islam in a one directional manner as a dry set of do’s and don’ts failing to reveal its rich intellectual heritage and spiritual depth and beauty. Through these discussions on topics chosen by the youth themselves, the goal of the YDF is three fold:

  1. To make youth realize that there is no topic that can be separated from the holistic principles and balanced values of Islam, whether it is the internet, music or movies; that Islam guides every area of life beyond praying, fasting and reading the Holy Quran.
  2. To break the stereotype that Islam is a dry set of do’s and don’ts and that on the contrary it is a vast and vibrant religion with a rich historical heritage which encourages intellectual discussions, not for the sake of polemics but for the sake of Allah and His Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family and companions.)
  3. To break the stereotype that Islam doesn’t care about how you feel about things. On the contrary Islam is very sensitive to human emotions and provides practical tools to channel it in a productive way thereby nurturing the spirit.

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August 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Pakistan Flood Relief Project

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In the Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

Prayers and Salutations upon the Holy Prophet Muhammad


As part of the international effort to provide relief to those affected by the recent floods in Pakistan, the Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center USA and Canada (IECRC), initiated by donations from the Kingdom of Bahrain and Pakistan, launched the Ghareeb Nawaz Package Distribution during the Eid-ul-Fitr season of 2010. The packages, which were made locally in Karachi by dedicated IECRC volunteers, contained varying combinations of Flour (Aataa), Rice, Sugar, Oil, Ghee, Chanaa Daal, Moong Daal, Besan, Masoor Daal, Sufayd Chanaa, Kaalaa Chanaa, Tea, Sharbat, Red Chillies, Dhania Powder, Salt, Dates, Vermicelli and Custard Powder. Different size packages were distributed to families with varying number of members at the Sheebi Goth Flood Relief Camp in Malir District east of Karachi under the supervision of camp leader Mr. Sagher. He is well know for his honesty and hard work in the area.

Mr. Sagher was very grateful for the receipt of these humanitarian aid packages which were distributed individually by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, the Founding Director of IECRC to  the 64 families (317 individuals) who are under the jurisdiction of Mr. Sagher’s camp. Mr. Sagher thanked Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri and his laborious team which included Mr. Muhammad Tahir Qadri of the IECRC and DSP Arshad Tanoli. The entire entourage was accompanied by police escort from Karachi which oversaw the distribution process. Under the unsafe conditions that distributions such as these are faced with, such police escort was necessary.

At this occasion Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, a world renowned Islamic scholar, noted that the reason humanity faces such kinds of challenges is because we have turned away from the Path of Allah – the Path that calls towards His Worship and the unconditional service of His creation. He exhorted all Pakistanis and people around the world to become exemplars of patience and steadfastness during this and all adversities and to obey the verse of the Holy Quran where Allah Almighty says:

“O Believers! Seek help with patience and prayer; no doubt, Allah is with the patient ones.”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Al-Baqarah, 2:153]


He further exhorted that when a believer prostrates in front of Allah Almighty, his difficulties are eased by the blessings and power of supplication. He thanked all the people who donated towards this noble project proving the Prophetic Hadeeth that when one part of the Muslim Ummah is in pain, the other part feels it. It is this feeling that was impetus for all the donors proving that we are truly one body. It doesn’t matter if we are in the USA, Canada, or Bahrain, our hearts are with our suffering brothers and sisters no matter which part of the world they are in. Dr. Qadri ended with a prayer for all.

Included in this report are some photos and a video clip which were created with the intent to show testimony of those who have received the packages. Although it is better to carry out such efforts without any exhibits, such display was necessary in the current circumstances where there is much distrust associated with donations reaching the deserving recipients.

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