Itikaf Day at YUAI School

Itikaf Day at YUAI School

Date: April 4th – 5th

YUAI School’s annual Itikaf Day took place from April 4th to April 5th, encompassing a range of activities focused on the spiritual practices of Ramadan, to enhance the students’ understanding of Islamic teachings and values.

Activities and Participation:

On the morning of April 4th, students gathered at the school for the awaited Itikaf program. The event commenced with an introductory session by the teachers explaining the significance of Itikaf, which is traditionally a period of seclusion and prayer during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Throughout the first day, students of all ages engaged in various activities. These included reading the Quran and attending lectures on topics such as Taqwa (God-consciousness), the importance of Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Decree), and the broader significance of Ramadan. The approach was to make learning accessible and engaging, ensuring that even complex concepts were presented in a way that was easy to understand.

A highlight of the event was the evening lecture by Matsunaga Sensei on the first day. His insights provided deeper understanding and inspired the students to reflect on their spiritual practices.

Overnight Program:

The older students, including those from upper primary and secondary grades, participated in an overnight stay at the school. This allowed for a deeper engagement with spiritual practices, including the Qiyamul Layl.. Following the night prayers, students had a pre-dawn meal (Sahur) prepared by the YUAI teachers.

After Sahur, the group performed the Subh prayer in the mosque, and continue to engage in Quran reading until the early morning hours.

Reflection and Impact:

The Itikaf Day concluded with reflections shared among students and teachers. Students expressed a renewed sense of spirituality and a stronger beliefs. Alhamdulillah

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