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The Story of Ahmed & Umar

Sometimes Allah sends you gifts from where you least expect it.

Ahmed & Umar have been our hosts during this trip. They are also an integral part of our team in Egypt. The story of how they came to be is in and of itself a sign from Allah Subhanahuwatala.

On our previous trip to Egypt, we knew we wanted to give our teachers some English training and we put a few feelers out there. We thought the most likely solution would be for us to send our teachers to a private English teaching institute in a big regional city. However, when we fronted up to speak to their management and the receptionist could not speak English, you can imagine our confidence levels. We were then told about two English language students from Munefiyyah university and we arranged to meet them.

Honestly speaking, I wasn’t expecting very much to come from that meeting given that we hadn’t met anyone in the village at the time that could speak with any sort of fluency. When we did meet, to say it was a breath of fresh air was an understatement. These guys were masters level English literature students and were in tune with our world. I was excited!

After we returned to our homes we worked with them to establish a pilot teacher training program – which they executed very professionally and overcame many challenges without giving up.

Today, Ahmed is our centre manager at Shibin & Umar is our curriculum implementation manager, where he works with our teachers to continually improve the standard of the classes being delivered.

I thank Allah for uniting our hearts on this mission and ask Him to preserve them and their families and grant them all goodness in this life and the next. Ameen.

Last night we were having a chat about our future plans and Ahmed gave us an insight into his reason for being associated with Tanzeel. He mentioned that as a teacher, his satisfaction comes from seeing their students go on to do things with the knowledge they’ve been given & through working with Tanzeel what he is able to do is work with teachers of Allah’s Book to make them effective communicators of Allah’s message. What could be more satisfying than this?

In my opening blog I mentioned that I was maintaining a travel blog as a means of giving you an insight into the work that we are doing so that you may see how you might be able to contribute to the mission of spreading the Qur’an with understanding.

I am a firm believer that everybody has a role to play and Ahmed & Umar are perfect examples of this. They are using the knowledge that Allah Subhanahuwatala has blessed them with to add immense value to the world of Qur’anic education. This career path is clearly not conventional – but it is absolutely necessary!

So the question we all need to ask ourselves is, what is it that we’ve been blessed with which we can use to further the Deen of Allah and invest in our own hear-after?


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