I was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois and came to Pakistan with my husband in the summer of 2010. My hobbies include reading, writing and learning more about deen (religion). It has been a year and a half since I came towards the Qur’an and can’t imagine my life without it.
Safia Kemal Rafi
MBA: University of Scranton, PA. Majoring in MIS and Marketing
BBA: Greenwich University, Karachi Campus, Marketing Major
High School: Marymount International School, Kingston, UK
Interests: Reading, Writing, Networking, Social Media
Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has blessed me with three sweet children, Alhumdulillah. I love being a mother and now enjoy their upbrining even more in light of the Qur’an and Sunnah. Qur’an has become my support system in life. It has given me a realization of life like one I never had before. It is not just an experience but one that leads to finding peace, tranquility and a connection with our Creator. Qur’an has not only given me insight about who Rabb is but also taught me to be aware of my biggest enemy, Shaitan. Alhumdulillah, I am learning to live a conscious life.
I pray that everyone should come to the Qur’an to understand the beauty and real essence of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى)’s kalam (speech). My contact is email@example.com.
In the year 2010, after a ten year working tenure, I took a sabbatical from my career to become a full-time mom to my twin girls. Though I had primarily quit my career for the kids, I now believe Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) had a bigger and better plan for me. I became a full-time student at the Tafheem-e-Deen course to study of the Qur’an. Being a student of the Qur’an has changed my outlook on life and I truly feel privileged that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has given me this opportunity. Reflecting on the verses of Qur’an and relating them to my own life helps me put my life into the correct perspective. It is not just cathartic but truly a therapeutic process so long as Allah (سبحانه وتعالى gives me the taufiq (ability to act) to internalize and implement what I express. Insha’Allah my aim is that my daughters should be able to understand and live by the teachings of the Qur’an from a very early stage in their life.
I am the youngest of four sibling. I joined the Tafheem-e-Deen course at Al Huda after completing my A levels. I enjoy painting, writing, reading and occassionally cooking, if I am in the mood!
I have found that on the journey of understanding the Qur’an, I have understood a lot about myself. It is a beautiful journey that each individual should undertake. I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am proud to say that I am a student of the Qur’an and along with me my three girls and husband have joined me on this journey! I think these last two years have helped me understand my true identity as a Muslim woman and the true purpose of my life.
My father always gave education a lot of importance and made sure that we received the best education that was possible. I lived in Dubai with my family, until I got married. So I have studied in Dubai, then at the Northwestern University in Chicago, as well as attended the American Intercontinental University, London, UK . I attained my Bachelors in Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. My father has always emphasized that we embrace the good (and only the good) and use our education to propagate our deen (religion), which is our true aim in life.
So Alhumdulilah, through this blog I think I have come one step closer to fulfilling the purpose of my life! And I sincerely hope that we, the students of the Qur’an, are able to make you readers connect to Our Creator through our journey of the Qur’an. Insha’Allah!
Educational background: B.E in Computer Systems from Usman Institute of Technology
Place of birth: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Date of birth: August 26, 1987
Interests: Internet surfing, Reading books
Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam
Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam is a freelance writer, columnist and blogger. Her forte is writing about human rights, gender and health issues. She is a member of the Al Huda family of workers. She blogs at http://impassionedramblings.blogspot.com/
I am currently residing in Saudi Arabia and have been homeschooling my two sons for some time. I completed the Taleem al Islam course at Al-Huda Karachi in 2000-01. It turned my life around and I have been working and teaching at Al-Huda in Karachi, Dubai, Abu Dhabiand Riyadhsince then, particularly classes for teens in English. I lead the English division of the ‘Mercy for the World’ campaign launched by Dubai Islamic affairs and Charitable Activities Department in 2008, giving lectures, appearing on a radio show and designing a book and posters. My passion for writing spurred me to publish a few pamphlets at Al-Huda and to start a blog www.thewritebrew.blogspot.com, all praise and thanks to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Sadaf Farooqi is a blogger and freelance writer based in Karachi, who homeschools her two children. She completed Al-Huda’s comprehensive Taleem Al-Quran course in 2001, and has since then taught subjects such as Arabic Grammar and Fiqh of Zakah on a part-time basis at Al-Huda Khayaban-e-Sehar. She writes Islamic articles for Hiba Magazine, SISTERS Magazine and MuslimMatters.
Mehreen Furqan is subject teacher at Khyabane e Sehr branch, Karachi, Al Huda Welfare International.Her turning point towards Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) was a moment of reflection during Daura e Quran to repent for her sins.
I grew up in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia as a teenager. I am Pakistani and enjoy visiting family in Pakistan. I became a teacher and taught 2nd grade for four years in Atlanta. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mother to a toddler who is exploring my creative outlet via freelance photography and writing. In my photoblog www.reemfaruqi.com, I enjoy referencing the Qur’an and am amazed at the Qur’an’s descriptions of nature.
Sundus Naeeem was born in Pakistan and currently reside in Sharjah, UAE. A graduate from Tafheem-e-Deen uae first batch. She was doing her bachelors degree in International Relations alongside her studies at Tafheem-e-Deen and she says that it has been an enriching experience that taught her how to view the world from the lens of the Qur’an. She take exceptional interest in studying Islamic history and getting involved with Da’wah projects.