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19 June 2018 / 5. Shawal 1439

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

Updated on 12 March 2018

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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In the name of Allah (SWT), the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Most people in their lives are lucky enough to have gone to ziyaraat, whether it's to Iran or to Iraq, whether it's with a group or not.  But to enhance the experience,  to give you memories that you will look fondly back on years from now,  to have a quintessential, unforgettable journey - there is no better way, than to embark on this sacred trip.  

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