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Muslim Scouts of America Receive Awards for 9/11 Relief Work by Khalida

Correction: Please note, the awards for the 9/11 relief work and other relief work of the Muslim Scouts of America were sent by El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani for the commencement, and handed out by the New York State Police officers in attendance at the event, in honor of the Scouts’ good work.*

Muslim Scouts of America Commencement and Awards

By Abu Rashid Qadri, Islamic Post Staff Writer

The sporadic rain showers and the threatening clouds did not dampen the spirits of hundreds of guests that gathered on the grassy meadow in the Village of Holy Islamberg in Hancock, New York on  Sunday, the 3rd of August  to mark the Commencement Ceremony for the 2008 Muslim Scouts of America’s Summer Program.  The intensive, broad-based program centered on Islamic Studies; but also included such diversified topics as English Literature and a lecture series on “Muslim/Christian Unity” and “Civic Responsibility.”

For close to two decades his Eminence, Imam El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, who is the Vice Chancellor of the sponsoring organization, the International Quranic Open University, has worked tirelessly to make this program a success.  That Sunday, the “fruits of his labor” were given very special recognition.  The Guests of Honor, Lt. James Land and Det. Mike Franz of the New York State Police and Special Agent Eric Boyce of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were pleased to present special awards to those scouts which had been sent by El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani. The Scouts who received these awards (correction) exemplified all that the scouting program is about when they sacrificed their monies and time and in some cases their employment to assist in the rescue and relief efforts at Ground Zero following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the quake that devastated Pakistan and the floods in the Southern Tier of New York State.
The ceremony began with recitation from the Holy Quran, a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and an opening address by the Master of Ceremony, Khalifa Khalid Ihsan Abdullah Qadri.  Some 150 scouts received certificates for completing the demanding 30 day course of study.  The ceremony continued with Khalifa Khalid Qadri presenting special awards to the three top finishers in the Qiraat, Naat, Speech and Poetry competitions that were held amongst the scouts. Awards were also given for excellence in sporting competitions which included softball, cross country obstacle course and the ancient wrestling sport of Kabbadi.
One could hear a pin drop when the Program Coordinator, Khalifa Hussein Abu Bakr Qadri, stepped to the podium to present the most prestigious awards.  Sha’ban Ahmed, of the Village of Holy Islamville in York, S.C. received the distinguished, ”Best All Around Award” and Shafi Kaba of the Village of Holy Islamberg in Hancock, New York received the esteemed, “Best Scout Award.”
Following the closing address dinner was served but festivities did not end there.  The main road in Holy Islamberg was lined with vendors exhibiting their wares, food, clothing and crafts.  Two families celebrated the birth of newborns and both held an Aqeeqa and served barbequed and roast lamb and side dishes to all that could navigate the village road to their home. All activities contributed to a worthwhile experience.

Pdf of camp and commencement highlights can be viewed here.

*The awards were not presented on behalf of the New York State police department as previously stated.

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