Catholic leaders greeting Rizwan and Syed at Worship Center
Rizwan Jaka addressing Jamboree Scouts at the Worship Center tent

Friday, while at Jamboree, I had the opportunity to attend a Muslim worship service. Sadly we were a moment late to the Worship Center tent and had to take chairs at the back, but all around the front of the tent, the lawn was covered with lush green carpets. Shoes had been removed and there was an attentive quiet in the tent that had been adapted to be a mosque. 

I enjoyed the sermon delivered by Rizwan Jaka, and felt a common bond when he explained the meaning of the Scout Law through several Islamic readings, including the Qur’an. This was his message:

A Scout is Trustworthy

“God commands you to give back the trusts to whom they are their due, and when you judge between people, judge with fairness.” (Qur’an 4:58)
“Those who keep trusts and honor their promises, who stand firm in their testimonies, and who strictly guard their prayers. It is they who shall live with honor in paradise” (Qur’an 70:32–35)
It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to paradise, and the man who continues to speak the truth and endeavors to tell the truth is eventually recorded as truthful with God. (Hadith Saheeh Muslim #6309)

A Scout is Loyal

A believer is like a brickFor another believer, the one supporting the other. (Hadith Saheeh Muslim #6257)
Don’t sever relations of kinship, don’t bear enmity against one another, don’t bear aversion against one another and don’t feel envy against the other and live as fellow brothers as God has commanded you. (Hadith Saheeh Muslim #6218)

A Scout is Helpful

God loves those who do good deeds. (Qur’an)
God does not judge you according, to your parents and your wellBut he looks at your hardAnd looks into your deeds. (Hadith Saheeh Muslim #2564)

A Scout is Friendly

And peace will be there greeting. (Qur’an 10:10)
Let no man laugh at other men who may perhaps be better than they are. …Do not defame one another, Nora call one another by offensive nicknames (Qur’an 49:11)
A person asked , “WhatSorts of deeds are good?” He replied, “To feed the poor, and to greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know.” (Hadith Bukhari 1:27)

As Scout is Courteous

You shall speak courteously to needy persons if you lack the means to assist them. (Qur’an 17:228)

A Scout is Kind

Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. (Qur’an 2:263)
We have enjoined man to show kindness to his parents. (Qur’an 29:8)
A good word is an act of kindness, (Bukhari)

A Scout is Obedient

Do not create mischief in the land after it has been set in order. (Qur’an 7:56)
You shall be kind to your parents. If one or both of them live to their old age in your lifetime, you shall not say to them any word of contempt nor repel them and you shall address them with kind words. (Qur’an 17:23)

A Scout is Cheerful

Do not under estimate any kind of acts, even to receive your brother cheerfully. (Hadith Saheeh Muslim #6359)
The good word is an act of kindness. (Hadith Bukhari)

A Scout is Thrifty

Do not be extravagant, surely, He does not love the extravagant.(Qur’an 4:141)
When they (The righteous) spend, are neither extravagant nor stingy, but keep the balance between the two extremes. (Qur’an 25:67)

A Scout is Brave

Establish prayer, spend secretly and openly out of the sustenance which we have provided for them, and repel evil with good. They are the ones for whom there is the home of Paradise in the hereafter. (Qur’an 13:22)

A Scout is Clean

When you rise up for prayer, washer faces and your hands as far as the elbows, wipe your heads with wet hands and wash your feet to the ankles. (Qur’an 5:6)

A Scout is reverent

Those who believe in and do good deeds, establish prayers, and give charity, will have their reward with their Lord. (Qur’an 2:277) 
Call on your God with humility and in private. (Qur’an 7:55)
Pray to Him in humility and privacy. Surely, the mercy of God is always close to the doers of good. (Qur’an 7:56)
Enjoying prayers and your family and be patient and it’s observance. (Qur’an 20:132)

Rizwan offered other counsel and lead the group in several prayers.

At the end of the service I was pleased to learn that several members of my faith had helped redecorate the tent to become a mosque. I also learned that many of those in attendance were not Muslim, but had attended to learn more about their duty to God by understanding others, a common Jamboree theme I would experience over the next few days.

Darryl Alder
Darryl is a retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. These days he is a Scouting Ambassador and serves on the Council Membership and Marketing Committee. However, his pride in Scouting is his volunteer service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative, and Commissioner.


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    Ben Davis says:

    Darryl, it was a pleasure making your acquaintance at this event. Certainly one of the highlights during my first Jambo experience. Thank you for capturing so eloquently the far-reaching mission of the Scouting movement and BP’s vision of helping every youth understand and carry out their Duty to God and Country! Cheers!

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    Shannon D. says:

    Thank you for highlighting that Boy Scouts come from a number of different faith backgrounds. In our troop, we have Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Jewish boys, as well as some who do not follow any established religion. I am grateful for our diverse and inclusive troop.

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      Darryl Alder says:

      Shannon. the nice thing about Jamboree is the amazing exposure to other faiths. For example, yesterday at church, I spoke with a Jamboree parent that said her son was really interested in the Duty to God and Country exhibits. He came home with a turban from the Sikh exhibit and could not stop talking about it. Personally I had never attended a Sikh service and very much enjoyed it myself, however I was not patient enough to wait in line for turban, which by the way was custom fit for each scout

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