By: Sr. Manar Sarsour - Troop Leader
Alhamdulillah, the Muslim Girl Scouts this year are off to a great start!
As a multi-level troop from ages 5 - 13, we have, masha'Allah, 43 girls that are learning the Girl Scout Law in accordance with the teachings of Islam. We begin each meeting with the Fatiha and go on with the Girl Scout traditions. The girls are learning new skills and are appreciating the bond they share with one another. They did research, gave speeches about the childhood of some women in our history (Khadijah bint Khawaylid, Aisha bint Abu Bakr, Maryam bint Imran, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman, Sally Ride, Malala Yousefzai, etc), and talked about their accomplishments.
They learned about Hajj: Its history, its purpose, the do's and the don'ts, and the rituals from a wonderful presentation by our guest speaker that day, Sr. Magda. Then, the girls had to tie in the Girl Scout Law by discussing how Muslims practice it when performing Hajj. One Girl Scout said that Muslims are "using resources wisely by not wasting water while performing wudu, because that is zam zam water, and it is special".
For our Eid party, we invited a non-Muslim Girl Scout Troop because they were interested in Islam and our holidays. We had a "Hajj simulation," where the girls performed the rituals of Hajj and were able to earn the Hajj patch to put on their vests. We had craft stations where the girls made dhikr beads, wrote their names in Arabic and used glitter to make them stand out, made lanterns and even put on Henna. The non-Muslim Girl Scout Troop loved learning about Islam, Hajj, and how we celebrate Eid.
Insha'Allah, we hope to do more with the community this year, and we are very excited to see the ideas that the girls will come up with to better our community.