A ‘Hijra’ camp set up by religious NGO, Jamiyyath-al-Salaf, took place last week on Thinadhoo in Vaavu atoll in order to try and keep young people from ‘sin’ as well as extending Islamic knowledge through a combination of workshops and activities.
Costing Rf300 per person, Haveeru reported that the camp, which ran between November 18 to November 20, took in 60 participants for a combination of prayer and workshops overseen by Sheikh Adam Shameem Ibrahim. Ibrahim also delivered a sermon at the event.
Participants between 17 and 25 years of age that stayed at the camp were also invited to engage in water sports, fitness regimes and leadership training, according to Salaf, which told Haveeru that it aims to hold similar camps in the country soon.
Religious NGO Jamiyyathulsalaf is offering youth the opportunity of a two day ‘Hijra’ to distance themselves from sin and form closer relations with religion.
‘Hijra’, a religious camping retreat on the island of Thinadhoo in Vaavu Atoll from November 18-20 where, for the price of Rf300 (US$32), participants can ‘move away from sin’.
Salaf said priority will be given to those who are at ‘beginner’s level’ in their religious education and, or, are experiencing doubts about their belief.
Successful applicants will be instructed in religious teachings by scholar Skeikh Adam Shameem Ibrahim and will also be encouraged to form close friendships and foster a spirit of brotherhood.
‘’As the camp will be held for two days, having fun and playing different games will also be a part of it”. The fun and games will be organised according to religious teachings, Salaf said.
Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in some serious religious education through lessons and sermons.
“Moving away from sin”, is the slogan of the camp. Hijra refers to the migration of Prophet Mohamed from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE to escape persecution and found the first Islamic state.