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20 February 2018 / 4. Jamaad-Ul-Akhar 1439

Madinah & Bab 2016 Participant Reflections: Life Lessons & Personal Development

Posted on Thu, 2016-09-22 13:26

By the grace of the almighty Allah (s.w.t.) I finally got the chance to visit Iran, for the first time ever and that too in the course. Alhamdulillah, I have learnt a lot of positive things in this camp which InshaAllah, I will try my best to use in my life.


This trip taught me many things; socialising, bravery, individuality independency, responsibility and to stand up for myself.

When I first arrived, I didn't know anyone, and within no time I made so many new friends. I remember sitting down at lunch time and free time just talking about the most random of times as if we knew each other from before. We didn't realise how fast time flew until there was that sad moment where we all had to say goodbye to each other and we were literally crying. Such kind of things make us realise how precious time is.  Like the Quran states: "Surely, man is in a loss" Surah Asr: 2  

Then, there such moments like the Tuesday nights at Masjide Jamkaran listening to dua e Tawassul, which makes you realise, what good did I ever do in my life, where I get to sit here with all the people I never knew before and got so close with and feeling holy presence of Imame Zamana (atfjs). Then the Thursday nights listening to dua e Kumayl at the haram of Lady Masuma (sa).

Then the workshops of so many knowledgeable people, which make you realise your worth and actually give you a hint of change. This trip changed me a lot, there was a time before this trip took place and my hijab used to be so awful, and the hijab you see me in now is way different.

To be honest, you wouldn't believe that I actually never wanted to leave when the course was over. That feeling of being home, like I belonged here.

There were many supportive people around me. Inshaallah, may Allah reward you in the dunya and akhirah, and make all your wishes come true inshaallah. Like the Quran states: “[… So] whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it (will be rewarded for it accordingly).”~ 99:7

Jazakallah to everyone who organised and helped out in making our stay comfortable and thank you to all the mentors who helped at us at each and every step. I look forward to returning to the course soon.

Kulsum Mohamed Hussein – Bab participant, AFED

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The trip to Iran was a unique experience of its own, a journey unlike any other. It was a journey that left me in awe as I visited Bibi Masuma (AS), prayed under the stars in Jamkaran, sat by the wall of Imam Ar-Redha (AS), and slept in the Jamia, the House of Bibi Masuma (AS).

There I was, staring at the Holy Dhareeh from a distance. Suddenly, I could feel my heart was lighter, my mood happier, and my soul purer. It was as if Imam Ar-Redha himself had come to welcome me, to remove my sorrows, to allow me to enter into the Haram. As eager as I was to rush inside and get as close as possible to Imam Ar-Redha’s Shrine as I could, I stood outside for a while; contemplating.

I still remember that day as though it were only yesterday. I remember dragging my suitcase up the gravel road, squinting against the harsh sunlight after having slept through an hour long bus ride to Qum.