This Masters in Islamic Studies degree changed the trajectory of my life. It turned me from a cultural Muslim to one who has awakened to the depth of Islam. 

This masters degree is a scratch on the surface of Islamic knowledge, and I’m so excited to be on the path of seeking more knowledge.

Each ISRA Academy staff member displayed prophetic leadership. This being my fourth degree, I’ve never seen teachers like the ones at ISRA and the way ISRA executed the facilitation of Islamic knowledge with traditional principles and contemporary scholarship.

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I don’t want anyone to think that getting a degree is easy as if there’s anything special about me. It was hard, there were many challenges. I ask my teachers for forgiveness and I’m grateful for your patience and understanding with me.

Working in the community for the past fifteen years has been eye opening. There is a lot of suffering in this world. But we must always have hope, and events like these shine as a beacon of light in darkness.

This life is supposed to be a struggle, the worship is in the struggle, and the true test is how we respond to these struggles. Whatever knowledge you have, embody it, maintain it and share it. This is a responsibility upon us all.

I imagine Allah will ask me: I gave you so many privileges, good mental and physical health, money, love, family, friends, education, country, so what did you do with it? This is a question for us all to reflect on. Allah will ask what did you do with all the favours I gave you? Which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny? Make this life of effort to please Allah.

I dedicate this degree to my parents: Mehar Ahmad and Zia Ahmad whose immense love and guidance strengthens me everyday. I am nothing without your love. I also dedicate my degree to my grandfather Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad OAM, as well, who has created a powerful legacy for us to follow in his footsteps.

I am grateful and humbled that Allah has graced me to live to see this day. It lights a fire of passion within my heart to continue in serving my community. I plan to continue my research on Islam and social media leading towards a PhD.

Inshallah. This life is short, we don’t know when our time will come, so make the most of the time we do have.