بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
Name: Kazim Ali
Education Background: MBA; M.Sc. in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Commenced Hawza studies in: 2008
Q.1. Could you please tell us something about yourself?
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.
Primarily am from Hyderabad and acquired most of my education in India, I had a short stint in Australia for my MBA, however I decided to return and complete it in India itself. After my masters, I worked for various multinational corporations in India. I also acquired a M.Sc. in counseling and Psychotherapy later on. Subsequently, I moved to Singapore for a year and then finally landed in Qom, Iran.
Q.2. How did you become a Hawza student?
When we were living in Singapore, we had a very close interaction with the Malay shia community there, and met families who had converted to Shia’ism. We were quite awed and surprised with their humility, their welcoming behavior and their religious practices, after a detailed discussion with them; we realized that, while they may be new to Shia’ism but they have chosen it with a detailed research and understanding. While we were born shia our study and understanding of our religion and beliefs is very shallow. There were 1000’s of questions running in our mind and we constantly asked ourselves, why are these things never told or followed in our Indian community.
Finally we started our journey of discovering true Islam with the help of Tafseer Al-Mizan of Allama Tabatabaii (r.a.) and Alhamdulillah, HE (awj) guided us to the right path and we arrived here in Qom.
Q.3. How has your experience as a Hawza student been till now?
It has been astoundingly wonderful. I have not regretted my decision to come to the Hawza, rather I regret not having made this choice 10 years earlier! There is so much to learn about Islam, there is so much spirituality here, so much humility in truly learned people and if we are sincere, Allah SWT fills our heart with the true noor of ma’refat.
The Hawza brings a deep awareness of oneself; it opens up your mind to think differently and with a wider perspective. It helps you understand the social, political, personal and spiritual environment of a society; it also helps you realize your responsibilities towards your society.
Q.4. What advice would you offer to those who are thinking of enrolling at the Hawza?
First of all, I would congratulate them; it is truly a guidance from Allah (awj). Make the most of this opportunity, but before you make the final move, take your time to think it over, do your research and then take the final decision. Because once you are here, everything about you and your life changes; so take time to prepare for the change, take time to prepare yourself to absorb the change.
The joy of coming to Hawza is about being in the proximity of Allah SWT and the Ahlulbayt (as). Remember there is a huge difference in coming to Hawza and going to a foreign country to work. There you will be flooded with material pleasures, which will keep your five senses busy. However here you will face some challenges for your materialistic desires, however your spirit & soul is engaged and flooded with the true noor of ma’arefat of Allah (AWJ). If you are not prepared for it, you will feel completely at lost here.