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21 May 2018 / 6. Ramadhan 1439

Madinah and Bab courses - Testimonial by Adeela Zahra Shah, UK

Updated on 12 March 2018

Applications for the Madinah and Bab al-Ilm Courses are now open, if you would like to join as a participant or as a mentor please click here for more information. 

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. 

The Madinah and Bab course was the best experience of my life. Ever since I came back I always told my mother and father that it was the best investment they ever made!

I was given an amazing chance to go to Iran this year with my brother and I grasped it with both hands. Never did I imagine I would get a chance after filling in the form and going through a phone interview. I thought to myself, if we have to go through a phone interview they may not really understand why we really want to go but honestly it's not about that; if it's written that you are going to go for Ziyarat, nothing can prevent you from going. I honestly didn't think in my wildest dreams I would get this opportunity.

The reason I went to Iran was to personally help develop myself to become a better person. It helped me in a lot of ways and taught me a lot. The fruits of this trip are still reaping and will continue to reap but it did push me to the right path. Embarking this journey with this particular group is an amazing opportunity and it is worth it. Yes, they take your phones but honestly it's not as bad as you think! The family I made out there made me feel so safe and secure that there was not one moment I felt alone. The mentors are amazing and they are there for you no matter what, even if you think your question is silly, they will answer it for you. This land became everyone's home!

The Madinah and Bab al-Ilm courses were honestly a life changing experience, it changed my life in major ways. It can also change yours and inspire you to do more for your community. This camp has given me a different perspective to life; I made a new family, I created a bond with Bibi Masumah e Qum and Imam Ar-Reza, and finally realisation of the Imam of our time, Imam Mehdi AJF which was the most emotional experience of my life.  Just knowing that he was in front of us at Masjid Jamkaram and we couldn't see him was a grand experience for me. But what touched me the most was his tears for the sins we commit and we don't ever realise it! We all need to wake up as a Muslim nation and realise our mistakes.  We should ask for forgiveness as Allah SWT is all Merciful, and he wants us to ask him and have hope and faith in him. 

I would honestly recommend anyone out there to go to experience this course as it truly opens your eyes to a lot. I was talking to a participant from the camp and she said she's been three times before for Ziyarat but this experience was a totally different one and had a major impact on her. I think going to Ziyarat and learning about your religion opens your eyes up more, and then when you go back to reality you understand it a lot better. One thing I was scared of was coming back and not sticking to my resolutions that I made during the journey. It is ongoing and it is all in your heart, you just have to make yourself strong enough to face the struggles. Life always has difficulties but think about it - would you be the person you are today if you didn't go through the difficulties of yesterday? They make you stronger; you just have to believe in yourself. 

Some benefits of performing Ziyarat:

"God the most high will grant anyone who goes on pilgrimage to the shrine of my son Ali the reward of seventy accepted pilgrimages to the Ka'ba." ~ Aba'l-Hassan Musa ibn Ja'far.

"Whoever visits my aunt in Qum will enter Heaven." ~ Imam Muhammad Taqi. 

The journey starts when you want it to, so make this the start to your journey and never give up. A quote that is helping me through my journey and something I want to share it with you: 

"If you are on the way to Allah (SWT), then run, if it gets too hard for you, then jog. If you get tired, then walk, and if you can't, then crawl and never stop or go back."

The World Federation would be grateful for any amount of donation that you are able to make towards the Courses. Your donation will go towards inspiring a young person of the community towards the teachings of the AhlulBayt (as) and the experience we pray, will stay with them forever.

Payment can be made either online or by posting a cheque to the office at: The World Federation, Iran Summer Course, Islamic Centre, Wood Lane, Stanmore, HA7 4LQ, UK. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The World Federation’. Or you can simply telephone us and we will take the donation over the phone using a credit/debit card.

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