Review: Džamija Džumping 2017

Another Ramadan filled with new faces and experiences has come to a close. During this year’s Ramadan, the Bosniak Youth of New York had the pleasure of including some exciting new sites in the Džamija Džumping schedule. Whether we were playing quiz games in Utica, or roasting (Halal) Marshmallows in Hartford, the Bosniak youth from communities far and wide came together in these nights of joy. Each community brought their own flavor to the program.

This year, we kicked things off with Syracuse hosting the first youth iftar (which was also the first iftar!) of this year’s Džamija Džumping. The night was spent in laughter as the youth played board games and Mario Kart until it was time for a sehur filled with pancakes and eggs.

The following Friday, we were treated to a speech by Jasmina Isa and special guest Ahmed Alili singing a few nasheeds in Elmwood Park. Afterwards, there were some intense ping-pong matches as the youth awaited the sunrise. The youth of Central PA treated their guests on Saturday night to a workshop and some nasheeds from Ammar Charaf.

The dzemats of Albany and Utica hosted the next Friday and Saturday respectively. The youth of Albany prepared a thought-out game of Jeopardy and got everyone involved an interesting superlative questionnaire. Some BYNY members won awards, including Aldin Mujevic for “Most likely to be late” and Razim Seferovic for “Most likely to become and imam.” We would like to thank both the Saljanin and the Klapija family for offering their homes to our youth. Their generosity allowed us to comfortably make our way to Utica the next day, where a beautiful mosque and some wonderful food was waiting for us.

It’s always a treat visiting Amir efendija and his dzemat, but BYNY sadly couldn’t have the pleasure this year as we had trouble with setting up transportation that Friday. Thankfully, we managed to make it to Hartford the next day where the Bosniak American Youth Association of Hartford welcomed us back with open arms. BAYAH planned out a wonderful night that included roasting marshmallows on a fire!

Though they ended up with the short end of the stick, having to host on a Sunday night, Ammar Charaf and the El-Zahra mosque in NJ pulled off a wonderful program. In the hour leading up to iftar, the youth were lead by Charaf in dhikr as we learned things like some of the common dua’as. After we broke our fast, a large squad of youth made a quick trip to the nearest DQ to snag some ice-cream before heading back for prayer.

BYNY closed of the long list of Džamija Džumping events this past Friday night. The program featured speeches by both Idriz efendija and Velid Mulić. The youth was then set free to enjoy each other’s company for the last time in this year’s Džamija Džumping.

It is quite possible that this year is the last Džamija Džumping for a while. This year, Ramadan came just at the tail end of finals week for CUNYs. Due to the nature of the lunar calendar, transportation will become very difficult in future years as college students will be too busy attending classes or studying for finals to drive to distant cities.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s event. It truly was and excellent experience, and we hope to build on the relationships started over this past month. Hopefully we’ll see some of these new faces again at some of our later events, like the annual spiritual retreat.

Ramadan 2017

Every Ramadan is a chance to improve oneself; spiritually, mentally, and physically. This year, the Bosniak Youth of New York has a lot planned for Ramadan. In preparation, BYNY is coordinating with ICNA Relief NY to host a food drive, which ends Friday, May 26th. Then, during the month of Ramadan, we will be joining several Dzemats in a coordinated event we like to call “Dzamija Dzumping.” All throughout the month of Ramadan, we will also be collecting toiletries in a coordinated drive with Care More to help those in need.

One of the many lessons often taken from fasting during the month of Ramadan is how blessed we are to have the basics of food and shelter. There are people who lack some of these basic necessities right at our doorsteps; a plane ticket isn’t required to make the world a better place. This month, BYNY wants to help share this blessing with those who are in need of food by teaming up with ICNA Relief NY. Until May 26th, we will be collecting either non-perishable foods, or money to buy food, to be later distributed during Ramadan.

During Ramadan, BYNY has also coordinated with several parties to continue the annual tradition we like to call “Dzamija Dzumping.” On given dates and locations, the youth gathers for iftar, prayer, and a lecture by a member of the local youth. This year comes with the addition of some new mosques, including a newly opened one in Pennsylvania. Throughout all of the events, there will be an opportunity to play a part in BYNY’s other drive; the toiletry drive.

Food, shelter, and clothing aren’t the only things needed for people going through a rough period in their lives. Often, little things as simple as a toothbrush can make a great difference. We here at BYNY will be collecting different toiletries throughout Ramadan to be later given out with Care More, the organization which makes this drive possible.

It is easy to get lost in one’s own world. Simple problems like keeping up grades in school, or trying to keep one’s fast often take center stage. It is important; however, to remember that there are many people around us who could use assistance which we are fully capable of. Muhamed (S.A.W) once said, “A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.” Be the person whose wealth resides in the improvement of the lives of others. We urge everyone to consider donating to either the food or toiletry drive. In each person exists a reality; a world of their own. By helping even just one person, for just one moment, will, in fact, change the world for the better.

All flyers will be visible on the “Flyers” page of the website. To be a part of any of the planned activities, follow us on Facebook and look out for relevant event pages. To keep updated, you can also follow us on Instagram or Twitter under the handle _byny_ or follow us on our website! For any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact us by filling out the form in the “Contact” page of the website.

5th Annual Youth Retreat

We hope you all are as excited as we are for our 5th annual youth retreat! From December 27th to December 30th, high school and college students will get a chance to stay in a hotel, listen to lectures designed for the youth, make new friends from all over, and strengthen already existing friendships.

This is by far the most attended even BYNY hosts every year, with over 100 kids in high school and college attending. Last year, we had youth come from as far out as St. Louis! There are fresh, new faces every year and this year will be no different.

This year also will be seeing a few changes. A big change from last year is the decision to hold the event at a new hotel this year. This year’s hotel is Garden Plaza Hotel located at 129 Pehle Ave. Saddle Brook, NJ 07663. Along with a new hotel, we’ve also confirmed a new activity we haven’t done previously!

No matter how much planning goes into these retreats, they cannot be successful without the youth showing up and enjoying themselves like they do every year. With that in mind, we ask those who still haven’t RSVP’d to do so as soon as possible. There are a couple of things we would like to email you beforehand, but we can only do that if you RSVP to our e-mail at byny2012@gmail.com. Also, and more importantly, RSVPing will ensure you have a room. We’ve already reserved a set amount of rooms and are quickly approaching that number, therefore we cannot guarantee that there will be anything available on the day of the event.

If you have any comments questions or concerns, email us at byny2012@gmail.com. We hope to see all your lovely faces!

Review: BYNY’s First Tournament

Our first ever tournament ended with SOA and the Panthers winning the basketball and volleyball tournament respectively. From the bake sale, to the free boom sticks, even spectators were treated to an exciting experience. The audience’s collective voice filled the room with chants ranging from “air ball!” to “Albania!”

“The tournament was great, it was fun, the atmosphere was exciting,” said basketball winner Mensur Ibric. “It was a brotherhood/sisterhood.”

The thrilling event was even more interesting for the players. The tournament included many close matches that came down to single possessions. One match had over five fouls called in the last ten seconds. Players Ibric and Emir Bakovic even went on to have a fake fight after the final whistle, fooling the refs in the process.

When asked about his favorite memory, Ibric said, “I’m not going to lie, we did a little play fighting. That was pretty funny. But I think winning the championship for basketball was pretty fun.”

At the conclusion of the basketball tournament, players from distant locations like New Jersey and Connecticut headed home, only to be replaced by parents eager to cheer their family on in the upcoming volleyball tournament afterwards. Overall, there were many new faces in the crowd who were impressed by the event as a whole.

“I loved it,” said a member of EYBL Elite. “Next time, I’ll bring more people, because I heard about this tournament late.”

We hope all those who attended had a great time. These two tournaments were our first we’ve ever held, but we hope to do more in the future. We would like to thank everyone who made it possible and attended the event. To be informed of future events, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and follow our website!

Thanksgiving Hike 2016

It’s that time of year again folks! This November 25th-27th, we are going on an adventure in the wild outdoors. There will be trees, rocks, and smiles. The past few years, we have gathered together to hike in mountains in New York. This year, we plan on exploring a new trail in Mechanicsburg, PA.

We will kick things off with a youth night in PA Friday night. On Saturday, we will be walking the Clarks Ferry Loop, a five mile hike that follows the Appalachian Trail. Then, we will have to say our goodbyes as we head home the following afternoon.

We are carpooling to our location (4922 Simpson Ferry Rd. Mechanicsburg, PA 17055). Space is limited and the fee is $30 per person. RSVP ASAP to secure a place by emailing us at byny2012@gmail.com

We will send out emails detailing the sleeping arrangements, what you should bring, and details on transportation.

The past few years have been exciting, but we fully anticipate to knock your socks off (but please put them back on, it’s cold out!) with this year’s hike.

For further questions, feel free to email us at byny2012@gmail.com or fill out the information on the contact us page on our website.

BYNY Basketball Tournament ’16

image-0-02-01-47620055722159eacb756a329cf5dc0ea7c0683b58993eb626b75605368281a8-vBosniak Youth of New York is proudly hosting our first boys’ basketball tournament! It will be held on Saturday, November 12th between 2pm and 7pm at the L.I.C. YMCA (32-23 Queens Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11101) and will be open to high school and undergraduate students only! After the basketball tournament is over, there will be girls’ volleyball from 7pm to 9pm!

There are eight team slots available for basketball, each with a maximum of eight players. The price per team, regardless of player count, is $110. The captains must register their team’s name and roster by November 7th by emailing us at byny2012@gmail.com. The slots will be on a first come first serve basis!

Girls’ volleyball will have four teams available, each with a maximum of eight players. The price per team, regardless of player count, is $100. Again, the captains must register their team’s name and roster by November 7th by emailing us at byny2012@gmail.com. The slots will be on a first come first serve basis!

Food and refreshments will be sold throughout the event -including a bake sale! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via Facebook message, a comment on our website, or email us at byny2012@gmail.com and we will get back to you asap!

Breast Cancer Walk 2016

The annual Breast Cancer Walk is drawing near. The walk is 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16th. The two meeting spots are at the Broadway Train Station in Astoria at 7 am and on the corner of 70th St & 5th Ave at 8 am.

For the past couple of years, we’ve joined many New Yorkers to stand up and show our support to those suffering from breast cancer. There is always a huge turnout each year amongst our youth and we expect the trend to continue. As a warning, the weather gets really cold around this time of year, so make sure to keep warm! Some highlights from last year’s walk include a visit from our youth in New Jersey, a wonderfully designed baseball tee, and a gathering afterwards at a Ćevabdžinica in Astoria!

We will not be providing or selling pink shirts this year. If you would like to donate to the cause, let us know! We can’t wait to see all your wonderful faces in Central Park!

For any comments or questions, please comment here or email us at BYNY2012@gmail.com