Every year at Townsend Harris, the day before Thanksgiving Break, MSA, Seekers, and the Jewish Club throw an event known as “The Interfaith Potluck”.
At this event, we all listen to lectures given by the presidents of each club. We all eat great food, and we learn the importance of sharing and cooperating with other people of different faiths. Fresh halal food, Korean kimbaps, sushi, were a couple of delicacies that satisfied the hunger of those who joined the party.
Wilmer Montesdeoca, president of the Seeker Club comments on the event as, “powerful, and helpful in bringing people together through the power of friendship and unity”.
powerful, and helpful in bringing people together through the power of friendship and unity
Hannah Morse, president of the Jewish Club says, that “the Interfaith Potluck helped dismiss some misconceptions of other religions, and it was fun and interactive”. Along with food, there were many games that helped create a fun atmosphere. “The combination of games, food, and lecture is the perfect formula for a fun day,” says Fatima Koli, the president of MSA.
However, some people were not happy that the potluck was simply an annual event.
This potluck is one of the few events where the different religious clubs at Townsend come together for inter-faith dialogue, and that disheartens me. Our school is so accepting and supportive of different faiths and culture, but I wish there was more interaction, like this potluck. It’s a step in the right direction
“This potluck is one of the few events where the different religious clubs at Townsend come together for inter-faith dialogue, and that disheartens me. Our school is so accepting and supportive of different faiths and culture, but I wish there was more interaction, like this potluck. It’s a step in the right direction,” says Nabil Khatri, the co-president of MSA.
Although THHS is an accepting school, Nabil brings up a point that we do need more of these events. Along with the other groups, THHS MSA is waiting on the principal’s decision to make similar events, with patience. Although all three groups are patiently waiting for the results, they are pleased with the outcome of the event. You know what they say: Food is the remedy for every problem. Here’s our perspective on the issue of giving thanks in Islam.
Muslims recognize that all of their blessings come from Allah, and are reminded to give thanks to Allah throughout the day and night, all of their lives. Muslims demonstrate gratitude during the five daily prayers, as they follow Allah’s guidance through the course of the day, and possibly by reciting these personal prayers (du’a) from Islamic tradition.
When reciting du’a with several repetitions, Muslims often use prayer beads (sobha) to keep track of the number of repetitions. Many simple phrases can be repeated to give thanks and glory to Allah
in this way.
Du’a From the Quran
Balil-laha fa’bod wakum minash-shakireen. Worship Allah, and be of those who give thanks. Quran 39:66
Tabarakasmo rabbika thil jalali wal ikram. Blessed be the name of thy Lord, full of Majesty, Bounty, and Honor. Quran 55:78 Fasabbih bismi rabbikal azeem. So celebrate with praises the name of thy Lord, the Supreme. Quran 59:56 Alhamdu lillahil lathi hadana lihatha wama kunna linahtadiya laola an hadanallah. Praise be to Allah, who has guided us to this. Never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of Allah. Quran 7:43 Wahowallaho lailahaillahu. Lahol hamdo fil oola walakhirah. Walahol hukmu wa’ilayhi turja’oon. And He is Allah, there is no god but He. To Him be praise, at the first and at the last. For Him is the command, and to Him shall you be brought back. Quran 28:70 Falillahil hamdu rabbis samawati warabbil ardi rabbil ‘alameen. Walahol kibria’o fis samawati walard wahowal azizul hakeem. Then Praise be to Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth. Lord and Cherisher of all the worlds! To Him be Glory throughout the heavens and the earth, And He is Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom! Quran 45:36-37
Du’a From the Sunnah
Allahomma ma asbaha bi min ni’matin aob bi’ahadin min khalkhika faminka wahdak. La sharika lak. Falakal hamdu walakash shukr. Oh Allah! Whatever blessings I or any of Your creatures rose up with, is only from You. You have no partner, so all grace and thanks are due to You. (Recommended to repeat three times.)
Ya rabbi lakal hamdu kama yanbaghi lijalali wajhika wa’azeem sultanik. Oh my Lord! All grace is due to You, which is befitting to Your glorious presence and Your great sovereignty. (Recommended to repeat three times.) Allahomma anta rabbi la ilaha illa’ant. Khalakhtani wa’ana abdok w’ana ala ahdika wawa’dika mastata’t. A’ootho bika min sharri ma sana’t. Aboo’ laka bini matika ‘alayya wa’boo’ bithanbi faghfirli fa’innaho la yaghfroth thonooba illa’ant. Oh Allah! You are my Lord. There is no deity but You. You created me and I am your slave-servant. I am trying my best to keep my oath of faith to You, and to seek to live in the hope of Your promise. I seek refuge in You from my greatest evil deeds. I acknowledge Your blessings upon me, and
I acknowledge my sins. So forgive me, for none but You can forgive sins. (Recommended to repeat three times.)