RESPONSES OF THE PARTICIPANTS
Workshop held in Pune November 2010
Nisa: I was a person who was always played the blame game, lost the desire to live and was living just because Allah wanted me to live. I was very depressed, frustrated, irritated and had every possible negative attitude. I prayed to Allah to show me the straight path. I cried in front of Him, and then this workshop came as a prayer answered. I have never felt like this before and I am feeling empty from inside, my children Alhamdulillah are happy and my daughter who is also attending the workshop with me is changing. Except my husband who is not yet convinced by my change, it will take some time because I have been carrying the load for 40 years and obviously it will not be easy. I am praying to Allah to help me and guide me walk on the straight path. At present I am feeling light and flying in the air. It was an excellent experience and it changed my attitude towards life.
Bushra: I have been married for 21 years and had some problems with my in-laws. I always blamed my parents for marrying me in this family, and then slowly I became very irritable and blamed my anger to the rude behaviour of my in-laws. Often my sweet children became a target of my anger and frustration. But today I realized I was at the centre of it all and I forgave everyone. I am feeling very light and a better person. Firstly, I thank Allah (swt) for giving this opportunity to reform myself and secondly to you sir, for doing such a great job. Although I keep reading books on personality development and have also attended ‘Art of living’ course, nothing helped me except this workshop. This bridges the theory and practice of Islam.
Fahmida Shah: It was mind blowing, as its emphasis was on a glowing heart. A journey from mind to heart though a difficult task, I experienced a very easy journey. This is the first time I attended such a workshop, where the work was on immortal souls. It imbued us with the love of the Creator (in truth loving His creations). It was engraving and carving us to brighten our eternal life. Indeed this work that you are doing is far greater and superior to any sculptor or painter or an engineer. My family too witnessed the change of behaviour in me. Alhamdulillah, it was an experience of transformation from within
Safia: Before the workshop, I would force my children to compete and get the best results compared to my nephews and nieces and I would get hyper if they did not do so. Now I am relaxed and tension-free because they all attended this workshop and there was an automatic change in them. I am thankful to Mr. Sadathullah for this workshop. My eldest son would never listen to my advise but now he is a changed person altogether. My children pointed out my mistakes and I did not feel bad at all and I accepted them. May Allah grant you long life, happy and peaceful life? May Allah reward you in the Akhirah.
Imran: Before the workshop, I carried myself just as a servant of my family, my society and others. But the workshop helped me replace the word “duty” by “happiness”. It has given me clarity to see the problems, and find the solutions that Allah likes. It has empowered me spiritually. It increased my Iman. It has released positive energy. Insha’ Allah my habit of blaming others will transform into one of taking responsibility. It was an awakening workshop.
Thasin: I feel like I was driving with a dirty windscreen until now and suddenly this workshop has wiped it clean of all the muck! Now I seen the way forward. All I have to do is to take care that it never gets dirty again! Thank you for making me realize the worth of my life! It helped me in separating the lie from the truth. There is just one word I can say - “WOW”.
Afeefa: Before the workshop, I used to be tense and worried a lot about my future. After the workshop I am relaxed and happy. Further I liked your pattern of explaining the Quran’ic verses and hadiths, it was practical. I thank Allah for blessing me with this great opportunity. My family members are very happy and are waiting for your next workshop, so as to benefit from it. It was amazing, wonderful, enjoyable and educative. I also learnt a lot by the experiences and incidents you shared with us.
Zohra: I was very judgmental, critical and was stressed about my past. I used to be rude to people and always thought I was right. I was straight forward in my actions and speech. After the workshop I realised my behaviour and I will now think and talk and will not do anything on impulse. The most interesting part I found in the workshop was it made me realize what Quran and Sunnah state in much detail and how to apply in today’s practical life. I found everything connected to Allah’s will. It was very enlightening and I understood Allah’s will more deeply”
Patel: Before the workshop, I never had control over myself. I was always hyper and anxious about everything and used to get tense unnecessarily. From this workshop I have learnt to accept reality and make decisions wisely. I have realised that my future depends upon my present. I have also learnt to control my anger. However worse the situations may be and I have learnt to forgive people and love people for Allah’s sake. You are doing a great service to humanity.
Saba: My life before the workshop was confused, tension, hyper, angry, full of whys, but, if, how, but after the workshop my tensions, my worries and my anger just disappeared. I am calm with my children. I am just implementing the keys which I learnt in the workshop and my family is seeing the difference. I am getting excellent results. I am now content in the present and I see a bright future. I am living today.
Ibrahim: There were many circumstances in my life in which I always used to get confused between deen or duniya. Questions like whether I want to conquer the world or conquer the heaven bothered me often. I felt like I cannot conform to Islamic values as I liked this world too. But now I know that this world is made by Allah to live and enjoy. I completely surrender my will to Allah and will follow His commands. It was rightly said by you that Allah has shown us everything clearly and it is we who make it complicated. Insha’Allah I will serve and follow my faith. I discovered myself. You should have a bigger workshop involving thousands of people.