‘Life will never be the same again’

There are times we host a seminar and come back hoping and making du’a Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) will make the impact long lasting and there are other times we bring sweet things back with us. This time a few sisters have made it their aim to share their experiences with you.

Last week I am Alima hosted Characteristics of the Righteous at Middlesbrough and Aysha Mustafa, 18, shares her experience with us all. For some a seminar is a life experience and this is when life will never be the same again, inshaAllah! Let’s here how it impacted sister Aysha.

Sisters attentively make notes.

‘Oh my, can’t believe it’s a sister teaching us! Not the norm hey…’

The first thing about Characteristics of the Righteous that caught my eye was the fact that it was dedicated to women (not to mention the beautifully designed poster itself!) and was hosted by a female speaker.

We regularly see amazing Shuyookh on the TV, internet, at lectures and seminars and we praise them for their knowledge and piety. However, when women do this, they have a greater potential to leave a legacy, down to the reason that Muslim women are valued so much in Islam, so when they set out to sincerely take steps to help themselves and others attain the ultimate goal, which is Jannah, it’s highly appreciated by society.

In the West, there are so many negative stereotypes about Muslim women, and events like Characteristics of the Righteous help educate Muslim women to inform others and to remove that stereotype from society, not by only giving dawah but by presenting themselves with the Characteristics of the Righteous.

I automatically felt connected with this seminar. I personally LOVE the company of sisters who are seeking Ilm for the sake of Allah. Everything is so much more enjoyable when we can learn together about how to live life to our fullest capability and most importantly, to please Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). This is why I loved this seminar; the atmosphere was so tranquil and peaceful, full of sisterly love Alhamdulillah.

When I first started practicing Islam properly, I felt very welcome and loved by other fellow Muslims sisters in my community. I was being guided through my journey in this worldly life, and they made me feel the love in Islam. This is where my love for making new friends developed, before that I tended to stay in my own little ‘bubble’ you can say.

[pullquote2 quotes=”true” align=”right”]I automatically felt connected with this seminar…the atmosphere was so tranquil and peaceful, full of sisterly love Alhamdulillah.[/pullquote2]That is why I loved the little activity sister Alima got us to do at the seminar; getting up and going to a sister we weren’t so familiar with, telling them our name, occupation and vision (where we see ourselves in the 5-10 years). It was so captivating to see what other sisters’ goals were and what they had set out to become! And of course, it was a way of making friends!

I really liked the way the seminar was delivered; it was interactive, fun and full of enthusiasm! Sister Alima presented it in a really beautiful way with confidence, something we girls need to build within ourselves in order to achieve high standards.

Throughout the seminar, I listened attentively and found myself so unaware of many things. Each and every little thing that was mentioned made me ponder over my actions and it really made me realise my duties as a Muslimah in the community. I felt the need to get out of my routine, step up and do something better for myself and others.

I remember looking through the Characteristics of the Righteous workbook and I came across the saying ‘Not all great women were born great, rather through tests and trials of life, greatness was achieved’ this really uplifted me to my surprise… I felt as though it was speaking to me directly, as though it was telling me that greatness and success does not come with the click of a finger, but only by going through different problems and trials can I achieve success!

Sr. Alima enjoys herself with the sisters

This seminar was a really enlightening experience for me, different from any other because I could completely relate to sister Alima and it was a joy learning things from a female’s perspective, as opposed to the usual males we listen to and acquire knowledge from, as she could emphasise with, something I appreciated as a woman. Like they say, time flies when you’re having fun and this was definitely the case! But although the day did go by in speed, Alhamdulillah I benefited from it tremendously every second was worthwhile.



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1 Response

  1. Faria May 24, 2012 / 7:55 am

    Alhamdulillah! Brilliant, ‘Characteristics of the Righteous’ should go to every city across the globe inshaAllah, as Sr. Aysha so beautifully said,’ 
    In the West, there are so many negative stereotypes about Muslim women, and events like Characteristics of the Righteous help educate Muslim women to inform others and to remove that stereotype from society, not by only giving dawah but by presenting themselves with the Characteristics of the Righteous.’

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