As I sat back and reflected on this course, a million thoughts came to my mind. Now that I start writing this, I find it so difficult to gather my thoughts to put them into words. Mainly because no words would do justice to what this course does for an individual.
Posted on Mon, 2014-08-18 11:52
Today is the 15th of August 2014. After the fun-filled past few days which have gone past too quickly, the friends that we have made, the places we have visited and the foods we have eaten shall never be forgotten.
Our day started by waking up very sleepy, waking up a few minutes before the Adhaan running to do wudhoo I recited my Fajr Salah and some Quran with the verses explained by the one and only Shaykh Kumail Rajani the Head of the Islamic Education Department in The World Federation of KSIMC.
The pre-planned football was postponed due to everybody being sleepy, after a quick nap until around 10 o'clock I ate a big Breakfast. It is narrated by one of the scholars to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
After finishing my breakfast I hurried up to the classrooms where our three daily classes are held, our first teacher Brother Miqdad Alidina was waiting for the other participants to come upstairs in order to start his class. As I am a Khoja, I took my tea upstairs so I may enjoy a hot drink while learning.
Today the classes were shortened as we were going for jumaah salah and Ziyarah of Bibi Masuma e Qum (as), whose haram is beautiful and is decorated with Quran and names of the 14 infallibles, but reminds someone of her great Aunt Lady Zainab (a.s). The sad thing that happened was that the Jumu'ah Khutba was in Farsi but the upside was that the surrounding crowd made an impression of spiritual elevation and tranquility.
After saying our Salaams and Ziyarat to Bibi Ma'sumah we left the Haram to catch a coach to go back to the accommodation where we are staying. Immediately after our return we put up the sufro and brought in the food with help of the mentors and other participants, we ate some biryani for lunch and had a debate.
After the debate we went to Shaykh Mohammed Khalfan's house where we had a good lesson on the etiquette of Ziyarat. His son Mohammed Zain ul Abideen gave a very informative talk on the different types and reasons of wearing rings. After the lesson we prayed Salah behind Shaykh Khalfan and I found out that Shaykh Khalfan was my grandfather's friend when he was living in Kenya.
Wasalam Alaykum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu.
Written by: Mehdi Nanji from Nairobi Jamaat, Kenya
It is so difficult to sum up an experience that had such a great impact on my life in just a few sentences, but if someone had told me that my perspective on life, the way I think, the things I do, and the way I live will all drastically change during the short duration of the course, I would not believe them, but here I am proven wrong.
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It is estimated that over 20 million people will converge on the holy city of Karbala this year. They travel there to gain closeness to Allah through mourning and grieving for Imam Husayn (as) and his followers, and by renewing their pledges of loyalty to him and his cause of truth over falsehood.