It takes a village to raise a child
About YIL (Young IMSA Leadership)
Assalamu'alaykum warahmatullaahi wabaarakatuhu,
The proverb above has been attributed to African cultures, which is very true to this day. Since we live far apart, this village needs to be adapted to our current dynamic. We can create that village virtually in this 21 century with the support of the advanced technology we currently have, Alhamdulillaah!
IMSA is taking the initiative to establish Young IMSA Leadership (YIL) Mentoring Program to cater to Indonesian Muslim Children, Youth, and Young Adults who live in US-Canada. Hopefully, this virtual village can be one of the means to propel our children to be practicing Muslims who thrive and contribute to our society in the US and Canada as well as Indonesia. Participants will meet once a week in a virtual halaqa and engage in different discussions about Islam and their daily life as Muslims who live in a Muslim-minority country. They also will meet new friends, possibly reconnect with old friends and create a beautiful sisterhood/brotherhood among them. We also aim to provide in-person programs when time allows.
The objective of the Islamic education thru YIL is to raise our future generation with values and means that will help them to be righteous, happy, and future leaders. Righteousness embraces all-important values in this context. It is the personification of high moral and ethical ideals, manifested as a balanced (tawazun) and moderate life (wasatiyah), which has a favorable impact on one's actions. Happiness comes from inside and is the outcome of strong faith and understanding of the purpose of life. It is the understanding of the reality of this life and its true value in comparison to the hereafter. One’s happiness stems from a clear knowledge of life's significance and one's true mission as a human being in general, and as a Muslim in particular. Future leaders are just and responsible leaders who are accountable for themselves and those they look after.