As salamu Alaikum waraghmatul Laahie wa barakatoe.
More than 25 years ago I enrolled at a well known Islamic institution here in CT..and so began my lifelong quest …to understand the noble Quran. I felt I could not …just recite it …and not know its beautiful message…so After completing a 3 year course ….which comprised of a bit of conversational Arabic ……and lots of grammar …..I was still nowhere near understanding the Holy Quran. Then a little less than 4years ago I joined Darun Naeem lil umahaat. Now known as Qamar institute ..With confidence and conviction I can say that what DarunNaeem did for me in that first month far surpassed any of my expectations…..the words of Allah SWT touched my heart….it stirred my soul..and It made me realize ……that.a single tear caused by the words of Allah SWT ……brings a comfort to the heart that nothing in this Dunya can match.
Halfway through my amazing journey with the Quran, …..my husband and I relocated to Dubai, added to that was to be lots of travelling …..Those were exciting times. But I didn’t want to loose focus of Quran..so I looked up other Islamic institutions offering similar classes and to my utter dismay the very very few I found were not close by …the nearest was a 3 hour going and coming drive. One would think that Dubai being an Islamic city ………there would be loads of Islamic institutions on every corner but unfortunately this was not so. I felt Dejected and demotivated but surely Allahs SWT mercy was with me
Subhanallah…Our class was extremely fortunate …in that….. if we missed one….there was a dear and kind sister who would record each lesson and upload it on to an app …which was easily accessible. This was my lifeline ….. Armed with my Quran and iPad I would sit and listen to my lessons for about 2 hours each weekday. I felt like I was transported back into my class…sitting next to my lovely sisters…and listening to my amazing teachers parting words of wisdom and inspiration…..Subhanallah….
If it was not for this helpful sister …..my journey in this search for spiritual enlightenment would have come to an abrupt end. So I would like to take this opportunity to say Jazakallahghair to You Nadia. May Allah SWT reward you abundantly for all your efforts.
Initially It was commitment that drove me through my lessons…I remember sitting in hotel foyers and going through my grammar….sometimes even writing my tests and sending them via watsapp to be marked …but commitment was very quickly replaced by dedication…….and then an extraordinary sense of devotion took over.
my apartment in Dubai became my sanctuary. …….Where I would spend hours being totally amazed by the words of Allah SWT…I was mersmerised to learn how the Holy Quran provides us with a belief and value system that is valid for all times. . I would listen in awe about the stories of the Anbiya. And be astonished by the scientific miracles in the Quran. Alhamdullilah…..There is so much to learn and this process will be neverending. This is only the very beginning.
the journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step …sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step in your life ..tip toe if you must but take the step.and enter a world where the words of Allah SWT is a divine guidance for every Muslim ….its revelation to our prophet Muhammad SAW and his practical implementation of the revelation completed Allah SWT blessing for humanity.
Understanding the Quran is like a remarkable fountain and the more one draws and drinks from it…the more it stimulates the thirst.. How then can we not drink from this fountain and taste its sweetness.. Indulge in this sweetness, my dear sisters. And let your heart wander through the fragrant gardens of the holy Quran, seeking nothing else but the pleasure of Allah SWT.
Oh my Allah, You are free from every imperfection; all praise be to You. I testify that there is none truly worthy of worship except You; I ask Your forgiveness and turn to YoU in repentance. Ameen Yaa Rabal Aalamien.