Agha Panahian's Memories from Canada

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Here is some Friday inspiration for you and your children – Agha Panahiyan makes SO much sense!

The first part is especially poignant for teens living in the West – I remember something similar from my own teenage years where I would listen to friends talking about how drunk they got at a party, threw up in plant pots and made a fool of themselves in general and how they regretted it the next day, etc. Was (and still am!) so grateful to have such an amazing religion that stops us from going down that destructive path!

Weddings and Marriages!

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These videos and stories are inspiring for our teenagers to watch, as they think about getting married…

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Bride and groom feed refugees for their wedding dinner

“A Turkish bride and groom decided to share their joy on their wedding day by inviting 4,000 Syrian refugees to eat with them and celebrate in the southern Turkish city of Kilis.

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, who got married in the province which is near the Syrian border last week, invited some of those refugees who have fled the country since the civil war which began four years ago.”

Read the full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/11783353/Meet-the-Turkish-couple-who-spent-their-wedding-day-feeding-4000-Syrian-refugees.html

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Couple cancels traditional wedding to fundraise for Syrian refugees

“We realized as we planned for our wedding that the average cost of a wedding is almost the same amount as the average cost of sponsoring a family of four,” says Jackson, a PhD student studying refugee health care policy who has been involved with the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge since July. “Seeing how far donations go and seeing how much the money fundraised really means to people who are going through the program both as sponsors and people being sponsored…it just seemed logical that we would switch gears and make our wedding a fundraiser instead.”

Read the full story here: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/couple-cancels-traditional-wedding-to-fundraise-for-syrian-refugees-194422522.html

What a great start to their lives together 🙂

Muslim Hijaabi Prom Queen

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WoW! Show your teens this – we don’t need to change our values to fit in – being true to ourselves and our faith can get us just as far, if not further!

“When the high school senior found out that she had been nominated for prom queen, she was more worried about getting permission to attend than wondering about winning.

Prom queens, she reasoned, are usually the most popular girls in school, the cheerleaders, the student government officials, the kids who go to the parties.

But her friends were determined to get her the crown.

They each wore a hijab to show their support for Zarifeh, who has covered her hair throughout her high school years. On the morning of the school vote, they huddled together to pass out dozens of colorful scarves. A few held balloons printed with “Don’t be a baddie, vote for the hijabi.” Among the more than 2,000 students at the school, just four girls typically wear the head covering.”

Read the full article here: http://nyti.ms/1N7MQgg

Advice from al-Sayyid Ali al-Sistani for the Believing Youth

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Here is an excerpt from this advice to the youth…which is chock-ful of wisdom and advice for our teens!

“Third: Trying to become a professional and acquire a specialization, and striving and exerting oneself to this end, for indeed there is a lot of blessing in this. One should then spend part of his time working to earn that which he may spend on himself and his family, and then use it to benefit the society and utilize it in charitable works as well as to gain further experience, which will refine his mind and increase his expertise. This will [also] make his wealth felicitous, for indeed whenever wealth is earned through greater toil and hard work, its goodness and bounty increases. Allah also loves the person who is hardworking and who exerts himself to earn and work, andHe dislikes the idle, unoccupied person who is a burden on others, or the one who wastes his time in diversion and play. So let not your youth be spent without gaining proficiency in a profession or specialization, for Allah, the Glorified, has placed physical and psychological vigour in youth, so that one may develop the asset he needs in his life during this phase. It must therefore not be wasted by distraction and neglect.”

Read more here: Ayatullhttp://www.islamicinsights.com/religion/advice-from-al-sayyid-ali-al-sistani-for-the-believing-youth.html

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