I am drunk and you are drunk, who is going to take us home?
I told you a hundred times drink a cup or two less.
Uh oh… here she goes again speaking about her undying love for SunniPath and how much weight she’s put on after digesting all those chocolates 💡
No, seriously, that’s what I’m going to talk about as it’s been a year (in course terms) that we’ve been fortunate enough to hover around the SunniPath Office, take in the oudh, and embrace the warmth of how to serve Allah better.
A year makes enough time for reflection… something that Shaykh AbdulKareem always reminds me to do. So on reflection… Alhumdulillah we’ve become more drunk on His Mahabba, less worthy of your affections, and increasingly wary of how much I still want to learn but yet so thankful to SunniPath for helping to lighten the lamp in my heart in seeking knowledge.
A year on and we’d like to think that we’ve matured a lot… ok maybe just a little bit. We know after taking Shaykh AbdulKareems The Lives of Man course we’ve become more aware of how close the timing of death could be and how we need to use our time here in this short life to the best of our ability. Reconnecting to our Purpose in Life Seminar with Usatadha Noura Shamma, Ustadha Zaynab Ansari and Shaykh AbdulKareem Yahya revitalised the XX Chromosome in me whilst taking Ustadha Hedaya Hartford’s Introduction to Menstruation and Related Issues (Hanafi) was an eye opener to how little I really knew. Basic Arabic Reading with Sidi AbuOmar (he Masha’Allah has to be the liveliest teacher on SunniPath alongside Shaykh AbdulKareem) was also an eye opener and yet was fully enjoyed. Shaykh Hamza Karamali and Sidi Farid Dingle’s excellent activities in the Introduction to Arabic as well as short courses such as the Hadith or Fiqh? course and Supplications of the Daily Prayer were exceedingly beneficial. I’ll always remember the day that Shaykh Hamza placed a picture of a donkey on one of the slides to make us think outside of our own confusion. It’s also been beneficial to revisit my notes on The Introduction to Fasting and Ramadhan by Shaykh Sohail Hanif in order to better equip myself for the blessed month. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadha Zaynab have done an excellent service in simplifying The 77 Branches of Faith – a course we hope to take again in order to gain more insight Insha’Allah. And this student will never forget the excellent support she has received from Habib Umar (may Allah preserve him) and Shaykh AbdulKareem in seeing that this pauper’s character is improved such that over the last year of me taking and retaking the Attaining Good Character course (mainly out of enjoyment and tazkiyya being a long term plan) I still find mysteries in the course material that I can implement and improve myself further with. Shukar’Allah for the Habaib and the Shayukh.
We’ve made a lot of good friends through this work and we’re grateful to Allah for the gems we’ve been blessed with. I don’t want this to turn out to a “thanks to…” section because am wary that there are a lot of people in SunniPath who make this pauper smile for one reason or another and those memories will be kept in my treasure chest for safekeeping. However, I would like to sincerely thank the CEO Sidi Imran Chowdhury for the opportunity to serve Allah and for being such a fatherly support in the transition this pauper has made. Also a sincere thank you to the Shayukh, the CAs/TAs, and the Masha’Allah efficient SunniPath Administration working in the background who have allowed this lame pauper to just be herself and spread the smiles around the world without thinking (or letting me know) that I’m being a tad bit loony.
➡ What people don’t see of the SunniPath Office is that they’re not only GhostBusters, SuperIT Maniacs, Poetic Painters, and Creative Cooks but they’re also fathers/mothers/brothers/sisters/uncles/aunts/sons/daughters to special people and most importantly they are His servants high on His Mahabba. May Allah be pleased with them all. Allahumma Ameen.
Love you all for The Love of Allah… and we can’t wait for Spring 2008 term to begin (Insha’Allah on 7th February)… Subhan’Allah there’s still some time to register for those courses we want to take in the next term.
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