It has ended. The Quran Intensive class of 2015 has officially ended. I have a very mixed feelings about this. I thought I would bawl my eyes out and be all emotional but I didn’t really. Emotional, yes definitely but I didn’t really shed niagra falls tears. Ok to be fair, it’s probably because I will still meet everybody on Saturday and Sunday but still, the class has ended.
I am not sure if this supposed to be a secret or something but I think if it is, Ustadh wouldn’t share it with all 500+ people and have it recorded just now lol. He basically shared his vision and his plan for Malaysia and subhanallah, it is so inspiring.
But before I do, hear this out first. In the first few days of class, in one of his tangent, he shared something about Malaysia. This is obviously not his first time in Malaysia but it’s the first time he stays for so long in Malaysia. In fact, the longest stay in any other country besides home. So, he get to do more stuff than just giving talks etc. He went to Terengganu for holidays I guess. Probably Langkawi cos he kept mentioning Langkawi and also Sabah cos he posted about it lol. He said Malaysia is a very very blessed country and we don’t even realize it. We take it for granted.
When he was staying in a hotel at Terengganu, he opened a drawer and there’s a Quran. He was so amazed cos if it’s in America, he would find a bible instead. And then there was this one time he was invited to give a talk at some local university organized by a group of student, most proabably a MSA club of the university and he thought it will be just few people around because in the United States, whenever he got invited to such talk, it would be just in a room of few people, they would move the ping pong table aside and have a halaqah there. But here in Malaysia when he arrived at the event, there’s like hundreds and hundreds of people, he was really shocked. The university got its own Masjid and the only place where a muslim university student get to pray in the States is in an empty classroom. They fought years and years with the university to have a dedicated room for prayers and even then, they would get like a room that could fit 3 people or less. Sometimes, the muslim student got like an empty contenna to be used as a prayer room. In Malaysia, masjid and surau is everywhere, literally in every few kilometres.
We are so blessed with all these but we don’t even see them as a blessing. Malaysian have been living in a peaceful multiracial society for decades and it’s a great opportunity for the ummah in such cultures to show how beautiful Islam is to the non-muslims. There are so many Christians and Buddhist in Malaysia that we can show a good example to. There’s a lot of opportunity in Malaysia.
When I listened to all these, I couldn’t help but crying. At that time, I really bawled my eyes out. It is so sad and tragic to hear the potential Malaysia has as a muslim country and we’re no where near all the things he said. In fact, we’re even at the opposite side of all those.
Fast forward to today, when Ustadh Nouman shared his plans with all of us, subhanallah. He wants to create a Dream Program in Malaysia but it’s probably for 5 and half months only instead of 9 months. Bayyinah Team has been working on it for the past few months they’re in Malaysia. He also wants to have some sort of Qur’an Seminar which is a 2-year program that primarily focus on Quranic studies. I am beyond excited listening to all these like Ya Allah please make it really happen. But why Malaysia right? He could do all that in the States where Bayyinah was founded. There are still more than a handful of muslims there but when big islamic initiative like that happens in the States, they would receive the limelight by the non-muslim and it’s only natural that they would eventually do something to stop it. While in Malaysia, we have all these blessings; infrastructure, peace, freedom, opportunities, and most of all, diversity.
I’m pretty sure I sat there in front of him with my mouth opened and my eyes popped out the whole time like an idiot. I am so inspired by the whole thing, how he got all those hopes for the Ummah especially in Malaysia. I think that’s why, instead of crying because it’s the last day of QI class, I got all inspired because this, ladies and gentleman, is just a beginning in Malaysia. Greater things will come to Malaysia soon.
It’s really such a blessing to be part of QI 2015, alhamdulillah. Really, I couldn’t thank Ustadh enough for all that he has given us in and outside of this course, THANK YOU USTADH NOUMAN.