Name: Aafreen Fatemah
Education Background: Studied Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
Hometown: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Commenced Hawza studies in: Year 2011, August.
Q.1. Could you please tell us something about yourself? (Between 50-100 words only)
I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. In year 2011 I started my Hawza studies. At the age of 10 I joined some private Islamic classes in our local area and after 6 years of attendance, I also joined teachers group in the same Islamic classes.
As a child I was always interested in learning and knowing more about Islam and I wanted to join the hawza soon after my schooling; However due to some personal reasons I couldn’t.
Afetr my schooling I joined college of home science and later completed masters in dietetics. I have done 4 internships in various hospitals like TaTa memorial hospital and Wadia hospital for children etc.. and soon after completing the course I joined the Hawza
Q.2. How did you become a Hawza student? (Between 50-100 words only)
Everyone has a role model in mind when they plan for something big and the same goes for me too. I was highly inspired by someone and my Islamic classes had an added influence on me. While due to certain reasons I couldn’t join the Hawza immediately after the schooling, but all the while during my college years my aim was to serve Islam in whatever I do, be it dietetics or anything else.
I made clear to myself that if I am unable to serve Islam by learning in the Hawza, I can do that by studying in college. But Allah had some other plans and later I got a chance to help Imam-e-Zamana (atfs) in his mission, Alhamd now am in the hawza.
I faced some opposition from my family because of my age and they were stressing that I should get married. But I always had one aim and that is to serve Islam, marriage in a way is one of the means to serve Islam, but I preferred the Hawza, So I steadfast in the decision for the Hawza and rest was what Allah did.
Q.3. How has your experience as a Hawza student been till now? (Between 50-100 words only)
It has been two years now, that I am studying at the Hawza. And yes I must tell that Hawza life specially combined with staying at the hostel is like living in jannah. The experience with different things, different people, different nature is wonderful. It is not what a real world can ever give!
Hazrate Masuma (sa). Is like a mother, in fact she IS our mother over here and people say that we i.e students at Qom are under her care till we study over here but I say she becomes our mother for our life. All the problems that we face like staying away from their families are taken care by her and Imam e Zaman (atfs). Because after all we leave our home to help him (ATFS).
Ofcourse each family faces trouble specially being away from their children and vice versa. However if one is focused and does it truly for the sake of Islam, eventually help from Allah reaches everyone. If one learns not to be dependent on their family and people and knows that Allah is the one who gives them sustenance, then it cannot be difficult for them as much as they think.
Q.4. What are your plans for the future? (Maximum 50 words)
I would like to understand Islam in as much detail as I can and as long as Allah wishes. I would like to study philosophy in more detail.
Though my aim to study in hawza is for the sake of Islam and helping the Imam of our time, I also want to develop myself first. I wish to make people aware of the real and pure Islam by different activities Inshallah, so that a community can be built for the reappearance of Imam e Zaman (atfs). Different activities might include teaching, writing, workshops and much more.
Q.5. What advice would you offer to those who are thinking of enrolling at the Hawza? (Between 50-100 words only)
Yes, first of all if someone is thinking of joining hawza then one should know that it is Allah who has given them this tawfeeq. Also one should think thoroughly whether one really wants to study and can stay away from their family as it needs a lot of commitment. Apart from emotional vibes, one need to use their brains and think if they are really ready.
Ofcourse joining The Hawza and studying include so much pleasure if one really understands what spiritual pleasure means. But one also need to co operate with some materialistic hardships and being away from family. And the returns are unbelievable.
Also, one should try to convince their parents and family and see that their spouses are supportive. Because there is a long journey ahead.
Once applied, in order to get accepted one might need to have patience because it is a long process. And during this time one must start preparing themselves for doing their wajibats regularly and more efficiently and avoiding sins and not getting lured by it. We should try and be a person whose main aim and focus is Allah. One really has to submit himself to Allah or else there can be no difference between a Hawza student and a normal person in the outside world.