All Praises and thanks be to Allah SWT. Abundant salutations be upon our beloved Nabi Muhammad SAW. 

For me this year has gone by the fastest everrr. I’ve had the most amazing year of my life thus far, Alhamdulillah. I’ve completed second year at DN institute of Higher Islamic Learning, almost finished my first year of part-time psych studies at SACAP and nearly done with my first year of qirā-āt and tajwīd studies at Al-Tanzil Institute of Qur’anic sciences, Alhamdulillah. This is besides various other activities I found myself involved in.

So how I did it all:

I think I’m a pretty chilled person, and to me that was key. I’m not a perfectionist so I could split my time and efforts over everything and not feel super guilty about not doing everything perfectly. 

Also, I had to compromise here and there, so for example, I didn’t recite a lot when I had SACAP assignments due ’cause I tend to need to focus solely on them, and I wouldn’t study when I had to work on my recitation. 

Would I recommend anyone to try this route? Defs not. I don’t even recommend myself to do this again. Unless you have time management skills like the late Steven Covey or other personal mastery gurus. 

Reflecting on some of my goals:

Qur’an goals: I wanted to attain sanad & ijaaza in Hafs ‘an ‘Āsim this year. My teacher said I wouldn’t be able to do it in one year part-time so I kinda gave up on that idea. But Allah is Amazing. And I’m eternally grateful to Ml. Saleem Gaibie for facilitating the opportunity to do a group Khatm with  world renown scholar Sh. Abdullah Al-Obeid, Alhamdulillah. 

So now my name’s in the database of sanad-holders in the Western Cape #goalsachieved. However, I chose not to put my profile in it. I just didn’t feel worthy of that honour. Perhaps next year I’ll be better suited InShaAllah. I’m looking forward to dedicating next year to the Qur’an – to make my dhor (back lessons) strong and to complete my recitation for sanad ijaaza plus gain further ground in my studies of qira-āt InShaAllah, with your sincere du’as. 

I’ve recited nearly 11 out of the 15 Ajzaa I aimed to complete towards my Khatm with my incredible teacher, MaShaAllah, may Allah preserve her. (Āmeen). I completed learning the Tuhfah Al-Atfaal including its changes. I wanted to complete the Jazariyyah as well, but it’s still in progress at the moment. I passed up the opportunity to recite it to Shaykha Kareema Czerepinski as I wasn’t quite ready with it. This is where compromising caught up with me. 

Family goals: I would’ve loved to get married, but Allah knows far better than me that marriage is not what I need at this point in my life, Alhamdulillah. I think that the Qur’an needs to be closer to my heart. I think He needs to be closer to my heart first. To be honest with you, at first I felt gutted. I can’t use a more apt word to describe how I felt. But a few days after saying Alhamdulillah and “Qadarullah wa ma shā-a fa’al,” Allah’s placed contentment in my heart. Alhamdulillah once again. 

Shukran for checking out what I’ve been up to. Take a moment to reflect on your past goals and set some new ones for next year. 

With best wishes for your worldly and eternal success,