OBK Celebrates Ummah Day!
Posted on November 27th, 2017
"Ummah" is the Arabic word for community, and can mean nation as well. Allah SWT said in the Quran, Surat Al-i'Imran, Ayah 110, ( كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ )
.You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind ", means, the best of peoples for the people"
The meaning of the Ayah is that the Ummah of Muhammad PBUH is the most righteous and beneficial nation for mankind.
For this occasion, all the grade team teachers have collaborated with one another these past weeks, forming their own little Ummah to get together, work together and celebrate together. They planned Ummah Day.
The celebration that ran all day was truly beautiful and diverse. The younger students showcased their projects in the lobby area, presenting information about their country of origin, and together designed their Ummah Tree. Other classes read a story/book about Ummah, had class discussions and wrote their own reflections about "What is Ummah?". Some grades also made a flip book titled "Guess Who?", and focused on what important activities they were doing as Muslims for our Ummah.
Students from grade one to three also collected, sorted and packed canned food donations and sanitary items in the lobby area, as a direct act of physically helping our Ummah. Donations were distributed to various charitable organizations.
The older students made a map of the world, a statistical pie chart on Muslims in OBK, studied the bibliography of some great figures in the world who served the Ummah such as Zakir Naik (as one of the great Muslim figures) and Mother Teresa (as one of the great Catholic figures), and presented their projects on how prophet Muhammad PBUH displayed "The Muslim in Me" habits in his life.
Tahfeeth students chose to present their work to the younger students in gym. They complied an exposition video about their volunteering experiences, and how their small acts of kindness and selflessness had an impact on the community and made it better.
Students were also encouraged to wear their traditional garments, and the pairing of those beautiful clothes with the delicious food from all over the world, truly was a sight for sore eyes.