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Welcome to Al Misbaah Students' Blog: Where Your Reflections Matter"

Welcome to Al Misbaah Students' Blog, an open sanctuary where your thoughts, reflections, and personal journey with the Quran find their voice. Here, we invite you to share the depth of your feelings, insights, and experiences as you engage with the sacred text.

This blog is your canvas—a space where every emotion, realization, and contemplation inspired by the Quran can be articulated freely and respectfully. We encourage you to pour your heart onto these digital pages, expressing what the Quran means to you personally.

Your contributions, whether profound or poignant, joyous or thought-provoking, are the threads that weave our collective tapestry of understanding and connection. Let this be a platform where your voice resonates, where your thoughts are cherished, and where your journey enriches the broader discourse on Quranic study.

Join us in this enlightened space, where your reflections find a home, your expressions are valued, and your journey with the Quran is celebrated!

Taking the Leap ! - by Salma Shahnawaz (QI- 2013)

You can’t drive a 1980s car in 2013 – unless it’s a classic

While there’s a certain charm to doing things the old-fashioned way, when times change, we need to roll with it.When it comes to da’wa, the Qur’an is for all ages, all situations, and all times, that is true. But the audience today isn’t patient enough to listen to us preach, to sit through a one hour lecture, or to extract lessons themselves from beautiful tales of old. The food is fast, technology is faster and life is a race. We need to keep up if we want to catch them.

A talk by Brother Ahmed Saleem was so refreshing, so eye-opening and so amazing, because it taught us to look beyond what we’ve always seen. To think for ourselves, not conform to what we’ve always known, and to turn roadblocks into stepping stones.When scholars give answers so perfectly from the Qur’an and hadith, they sound so brilliant and knowledgable. But to achieve that status takes a lot of work, time and effort. It’s a whole other level. So for those of us who are learning ourselves – because that’s a process that never ends – how do we impart our knowledge to the general public?

How are we going to change the world? as everyone seems to want to do.

The first step is to actually connect with the person. The doors ofda’waare not automatic doors that slide open the moment they sense a presence. You have to knock, wait, be peered at through the peephole, and wait again before being granted permission to enter. It’s a whole process. We wouldn’t want to be shoved in, would we?

So how do we connect with them? This is where we need to broaden our minds, be up-to-date with current events, be well-read, or any way possible that we have topics to approach our subject with. Which means we actually need to be informed of worldly events, whether you are a person who reads the front page of a newspaper, a magazine, books, subscribe to news apps, googles random things, watches documentaries on YouTube.. Whatever works for you. Broaden your mind.

I watched a movie about firefighting recently, and minus the fitnah that you see in it – which Alhamdulillah, was not much – I thought about how great it would be if us Muslims could produce something like that. It was different because it’s not something we think about a lot, yet something we need to see to truly comprehend the intensity of. Watching people run into burning buildings, with fire bringing down the basic foundation around them, watching them struggle to breathe, to stay cool against the heat, and in the end, knowing that there is only so much a human can do against fire. Watching it consume so greatly that you know they’re not going to get out alive.. It was as horrific and terrifying as it was amazing to watch that, because for the first time that I remember, it made me visualise Hell so clearly, I was petrified. SubhanAllah. Words cannot justly portray what you need to see in order to feel.

The world today is one that is glued to their laptop screen, their tabs and their TV screens and their phones. And instead of criticising them for it, I think we should use it in our favour. If the non-Muslims can use media to brainwash the rest of the world without them even realising it, why can’t we use it as a platform to stand our message too? It’s not about just lectures and talks these days. We have to be more imaginative, initiative and intuitive when it comes to spreading the word of Islam.

So be bold. Put yourself out there, talk to different people, get to know different mind-sets. We have to set higher goals for ourselves and get rid of the box that we’re always thinking inside or outside of. Like the brother said, we don’t want people to think we’re religious dumb nuts, do we?

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