Name: Zameer Abbas Jaffri
Education Background: B.Comm., Mumbai University
Commenced Hawza studies in: 2009
Q.1. Could you please tell me us something about yourself?
Bismillahi Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem.
I am from Mumbai. After completing my B.Comm. from Mumbai University, I went to the U.K. in 2002 to study. There I set up a business of helping Indians seek education abroad. Alhamdolillah, the business was successful with offices in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune. We managed to secure certification as “Education Promoter” from The British High Commission in India. It was satisfying too as I was able to help students, especially Muslims, select courses and careers.
Q.2. How did you become a Hawza student?
Right from my teenage years, I was involved in various Islamic activities. When I used to read books by writers such as Shaheed Mutahhari and Imam Khomeini, I would wonder why such guidance is unavailable to the shia in India. It seemed we lack something.
While performing Hajj, my urge to serve Islam grew stronger. After discussion with a respectable scholar during Hajj, I was sitting near the Ka’ba when I realized that I should be a servant of Islam. I realized that if I Allah (swt) has given me any talent and skills, then the best thing for me to do is to use them for Islam’s benefit.
I initially faced some reservation from family as I had to leave a well-settled business in India. But once they realized that their sacrifice is for Islam and love of Imam Hussain (a.s.) they agreed, and Alhmdolillah I am in Qom today… the best decision of my life!
Q.3. How has your experience as a Hawza student been till now?
The Hawza is an ocean of knowledge. You realize how much we and our society need this knowledge. 3 years have passed and I feel I have not even started! There is so much to learn in Quran, Hadeeth, History, Akhalque, Philosophy etc. You see great Ulema and their lives and the sacrifices they have made for Islam; they truly are great inspiration for every one of us.
Being in the presence of the Holy Shrines, and having a feeling that Allah (swt) selected us to learn His teachings and the teachings of Masoomeen (a.s.) is the best feeling any one can have.
Q.4. What are your plans for the future?
I would like to serve Islam, wherever and however needed in India, inshaAllah. I hope to play some small role in transforming India’s shias into a community that Imam-e-Zamana (atfs) is proud of.
Q.5. What advice would you offer to those who are thinking of enrolling at the Hawza?
Know that this thought of joining the Hawza is a special blessing from Allah (swt). The Ulema are the inheritors of the Prophets (a.s.). Their role is to first purify themselves, and later guide the Ummah. This is perhaps the best path to becoming a soldier of Imam-e-Zamana (atfs).