So the Canadian chapter of this trip is coming to an end. I’ve spent the last few days meeting various people & managed to sneak in a trip to Niagra too!
5 things I’ve learnt on this trip:
1. All good things require hard work, dedication & perseverance – Did you know that the orange took 7+ people, 3+ weeks to construct? This is after Plan A, B & C failed. First the latex baloon burst, then leaks started appearing in the giant beach ball & then the patched up beach ball collapsed under the weight of the clay-like material that was being used at the time. Despite these, and other challenges (which being honest, prompted me to recommend that the project be scrapped after Plan B failed), the team persevered and burnt the mid-night oil day in day out to get the orange constructed in time for the conference. May Allah reward them and their families immensely for this effort. The giant orange was indeed a hit at the conference and inshaAllah something that lights the spark that inspires them to connect with the Qur’an.
2. We are helpless & We need Allah’s help to accomplish anything – Did you know that after painting the giant orange and cutting the door that the structure started to collapse? And it was at that moment that Allah had sent us a car body works repairer who had driven 80+ KM’s to be with us. He had the know-how and the resources to give the orange it’s structural integrity. This was clearly not part of our contingency planning. It was nothing other than the help of Allah.
3. Allah has blessed Tanzeel with an awesome group of people – During my stay here every body that I have met who is supporting our work has been completely awesome. They are all extremely competent and passionate in furthering the cause of connecting people with the Qur’an. This is indeed a blessing from Allah. I ask Allah to preserve them all and continue to use them in pursuit of this mission for a long long time to come.
4. There’s no substitute to meeting people face to face – 95% of our work get’s done via Skype , Whatsapp , EMAIL, Google Docs etc – but in reality, there is no substitute to meeting people face to face. I’m confident that post this trip we will work even more effectively together. Now my mind is working on how I can facilitate the rest of the core team meeting each other. May Allah grant us the means to do so.
5. We have the plans, now what we need is the resources – If I was to put a percentage to the service we offer as compared to where we would like to be, I’d say we are at about 35%. It is from our core values that we need to continually strive to achieve excellence in connecting people with the Qur’an – accordingly a lot more investment of time and money is required in: bringing out Student Care function up to the mark, the ongoing development of our teachers, optimising our IT infrastructure and hiring man power. Coming to Canada has renewed my belief that we have the core team to see this through and I have full faith that so long as we remain true to what we want to achieve, that Allah will send the right resources at the right time, through the right people to get the job done. It is He after all that has promised to protect His Book. Not us!
Next stop – Egypt!
Stay tuned, this should be fun!