Connecticut – On the warm weekend of June 20, 40 families from across the north eastern United States gathered at Charlie Brown Campground to strengthen their heart, mind, and body through a mix of physical and spiritual activities.
People drove in to Connecticut from New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to take part in a rejuvenating and reflective weekend. The theme for this year’s camp was “Fabi Aye Aala I Rabbikuma Tukazziban”, a verse from Surah Rahman translating as, “Which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?”
After the Fajr, Dhuhr and Maghrib prayers, short reminders were conducted focusing on Ramadan and ways in which to gain maximum spiritual benefit and serve the community. In addition, the ICNA Sister’s wing held a separate Ramadan Welcome program. Young Muslims (ICNA’s Youth Division) held a session about the pros and cons of social media, particularly Facebook, and another session about lessons from the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. A few individuals also organized a fun night session for the Muslim Children of North America in which children shared stories of the Sahaba (Prophet’s ﷺ Companions).
No camping trip can be complete without outdoor activities and a barbecue. Families enjoyed the numerous facilities provided by the campground including tubing, swimming, hiking, and basketball, volleyball and badminton courts. Two separate bouncers were also set up.
On Saturday, barbecue facilities were set up for men and women and the 200 people present had a great time cooking together. In the evening, there was large bonfire. Children received small bags filled with candy and small toys.
The families left with glowing praise for the camp. From children to adults, everyone had a great time, away from their hectic routine lives. Waqar Haider, the organizer, received positive feedback from the attendees.
“I really appreciate everyone’s hard work to make this a success,” he said.