|ADAMS Youth Usher In Winter With Sugar and Spice|
|Community News - Community News|
|Written by Omama Altalib|
|Monday, 21 January 2013 21:33|
Among the many issues concerning the Muslim community in America is the state of the youth. However, despite the temptations surrounding today’s youth, Muslim teenagers seem to still be connected to the masjid as proved by the ADAMS Winter Youth Festival.
ADAMS youth work together to build a masjid out of gingerbread and candies at the ADAMS Youth Winter Festival. Photo by Omama Altalib.
There were over fifty youth present, dispersed between the different activities. In the main floor, where food and drinks were sold, four groups of youth were competing in a gingerbread mosque competition. One group used the floating mosque of Jeddah as a blueprint for their creation while another group strived to emulate the Blue Mosque in Turkey. Rauf got the idea of a gingerbread mosque competition from her high school, “last year, our MSA won most school-spirited because we made the Kabaa, and I thought it would be fun to do that at ADAMS,” said Rauf.
The competition started around 2:30 p.m. as the groups spread cream cheese frosting onto the graham crackers of their base. The winner of the competition was revealed at the end and was chosen by a panel of judges including ADAMS Youth director and member of Native Deen Joshua Salaam. The winning mosque was the gingerbread replica of the Floating mosque of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
One of the sweetest masajid on Earth, complete with chocolate windows, chocolate truffle mini-domes, cream cheese frosting and candy dome, gingerbread walls, and twizzler artwork. Photo by Omama Altalib.
Rauf, who is also on the Adams Youth Council which is comprised of about 15 youth from different youth programs who come up with ideas for events, described the event as “semi-successful, since word wasn’t spread out enough” despite promoting the event on Facebook and Twitter. She mentioned, “usually we have more of a turnout.”
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