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Camp Fatimiyyah and Camp Baqiriyyah

Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Shia (Europe) organised two camps this year during the Easter break: Camp Fatimiyyah for girls, which took place at the end of March 2016 and Camp Baqiriyyah for boys the following month. The venue for both camps was Condover Hall, a prestigious and elegant Elizabethan manor house near Shrewsbury in Shropshire.
Camp Fatimiyyah was attended by 87 girls, as well as a staff of 10 team leaders and teachers, including Dr. Rebecca Masterton and the supervisor and coordinator Syeda Umme Farwa. There was great enthusiasm from all involved.
Various physical and spiritual activities were organised, including workshops on prayers, wudhu (ablution), responsibilities towards parents and the purpose of our creation. Congregational prayers were held outdoors, as well as the recitations of Dua-e-Ahad and Ziyarat-e-Ashura. The focal point of the camp was when the girls celebrated the birth of Lady Fatima Zahra(s), and this involved an Islamic quiz. This ceremony provided the girls with an opportunity to learn as well as connect with one another and the team leaders in an informal setting.
Similarly, Camp Baqiriyyah enjoyed a high attendance of 60 boys, as well as 13 staff members, including four scholars. Various physical activities were organised in addition to spiritual and educational workshops and lectures, covering many areas of Islamic teachings, from Islamic law to the Seerah of the Infallibles(a). Lectures were delivered by Maulana Ahmad Mukhtar Najafi, Maulana Syed Asrar Kazmi, and Maulana Muazzam Ali Qummi.
The highlight of the boys’ camp was the celebration of the birth of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir(a), in which they learnt about his life and his legacy. This was followed by a quiz to test their Islamic knowledge and what they had learnt during the camp.
Each of the camps ended with a presentation ceremony attended by Allama Zafar Abbas Malik, the President of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Shia. Trophies were presented to winners of the quiz, and attendance certificates were given to all girls and boys.
The participants in both camps and their families gave very positive feedback with many saying they would like the camps to last longer. The camps provided an opportunity to the participants to reconnect with their religion and with God, as well as to form new bonds and friendships amongst themselves. They provided an uplifting experience for the soul and left an enduring impact on everyone involved.

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