The Lebanese Muslim Association’s three mosques at Lakemba, Cabramatta and Young recently concluded their comprehensive Summer school holiday programs, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants and their parents.
These programs, conducted every term break, aren’t exclusive to the LMA by any means, as some other organisations and mosques within the Muslim community also offer initiatives of their own.
In all cases, the benefits for the participating youngsters are numerous and indeed, difficult to quantify.
The school holiday programs at the three LMA venues cater to both boys and girls, offering a wide range of activities aimed at relieving boredom, fostering mental and physical activity, facilitating new friendships and providing opportunities for learning and personal growth, in an Islamic environment.
These tailored programs address the diverse needs of children, including those who may struggle with self-esteem, shyness or anxiety, helping them gain confidence within a group setting.
Programs for both boys and girls run by the LMA’s Lakemba Mosque Youth featured activities such as a three-day Summer Camp, Learning To Surf, a Sports Day followed by Jumu’ah prayer, Indoor Go-Karting, Swimming, Chartered Fishing, Archery, Ten Pin Bowling and more for the young brothers.
While the young sisters enjoyed a day at Cables Wakeboarding Park as well as Horse riding, Jet Thunder Boat ride and Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
The adherence to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (s), who emphasised the importance of activities like swimming, archery and horse-riding, added a valuable dimension to the programs, as did the involvement of some high-profile mentors including Bilal El-Hayek, the Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown.
Officials of Cabramatta Mosque were delighted at the response throughout the holidays for the twice-weekly Qur’an classes for both boys and girls which formed a part of the program.
The boys also participated in archery and rock climbing as well as a road trip where around 30 males (comprising boys and their mentors) travelled to Young Mosque for a two-night Itikaf.
On that particular weekend, groups from both Young and Cabramatta participated in several joint activities including swimming, barbeques, a keenly contested soccer match and a Kahoot quiz.
The boys from Young also enjoyed their own annual camp at Wyangala Dam while the school holiday highlight for the local sisters was the annual Girls’ Day Out, where a host of fun activities were on offer.
Salim Allouche, LMA Religious Affairs Administrator, complimented the participants in all activities at all venues on their excellent behaviour, expressing confidence that these programs will greatly benefit them both Islamically and as young members of the community.
“We also extend our gratitude to the parents, for entrusting their sons and daughters into our care as well as to the various mentors for their dedication and of course the sponsors for their generous contributions,” Mr Allouche said.
“The organisers of the programs at all three LMA Mosques are always looking to enhance the activities that we offer and the commitment of mentors and the support of parents also obviously go a long way towards the success of these initiatives, which foster an environment that benefits the participating boys and girls as young Muslims.”