Who: Madrasah Az-Zahraa & Al-Mustafa Madrasah
For: Muslim youth enrolled in grade 7-12 in January 2018
Date: Morning of August 17th – Evening of August 20th, 2018
Where: Camp Potlatch, Sunshine Coast, BC
$325 per camper, discounts available for families !
Early Bird deadline: End of July 1st!
Sheikh Murtaza Bachoo & Sister Fatemah Meghji!
“Aim higher, Grow Stronger, Stay Together”
Camp Aspire is an initiative undertaken jointly by Madrasah Az-Zahraa & Al-Mustafa Madrasah to create a space for youth to further grow in their Islamic identity and feel comfortable living Islam outside the traditional mosque setting. Open to all youth in our Muslim communities, we hope to engage students at the high school level – providing opportunities to ask our scholars in a very relaxed setting. Named Camp Aspire, we wish to give students a breath of fresh air, and to help them aspire for a greater purpose we are all created for.
Realizing that the classroom is not enough to give our youth a complete Islamic upbringing, Camp Aspire is an extension of our traditional Madrasah learning environment. We have capitalized on our dynamic teachers and community members to create a camp with a dramatically smaller student to counselor ratio. This allows us to connect with our youth more closely and build a sense of trust and mutual respect that will revitalize their love of Islam. We hope our team of Organizers and Counselors will be able to be lifelong mentors for youth as they struggle to find themselves and look to others for inspiration.
Camp Aspire hopes to infuse Islam into our way of life – from the guidance of our scholars and from the teachings of the Quran and the AhlulBayt. Our program focuses on the concept of “Living Islam” – an approach that focuses on developing an appreciation of God’s creation, a sense of relevance of faith in our lives and an immersive Islam where being Muslim is a natural feeling.
We have an exciting team of organizers for Camp Aspire 2018! Read their bios to find out more about the fun we have planned!
Muna Ibrahim – Camp Chair
Firas Moosvi – Registration Coordinator
Firas is a Grade 8 and 9 teacher at the Madrasah Az-Zahraa and is currently a PhD. candidate at UBC in the area of Medical Physics. In his spare time, he has taken on several projects in the exciting field of Physics Education Research. He has had a fantastic time experimenting with novel teaching methods in Madrasah, and the kids seem to have enjoyed it as well. Firas loves the outdoors and in particular, water sports on canoes, kayaks and dragonboats. He is looking forward to taking kids out camping out this summer on the beautiful Sunshine Coast!
Parsa Shani – Logistics Coordinator
Ali Mirza – Programming Coordinator
Tuqa Al-Shakarchi – Counsellor Coordinator
Alaa Heshmati – Aalim Liaison
Hira Imam – Marketing Coordinator
Hira Imam moved from Toronto last year and absolutely loves the weather in Vancouver. She recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology and specializing in Psychology. Hira has a strong interest in Social Psychology – interpersonal relations – and building strong ties within the community. She hopes that Camp Aspire will allow the youth of the Greater Vancouver Area to create long lasting, meaningful relationships that will lead them and, ultimately, their community to a fulfilling and successful life. In her spare time Hira loves to read (especially mystery and dystopian novels) and her favourite books are the Harry Potter series.
Eman Abdul-Razzak – Graphic Designer