Asalamu alikum wa rahamtullahi wa barakatuh,
subhan'Allah, over the past 24 hours I've visited this thread several times. Signing in and singing out; eager to post a testimonial, but each time stopping because of fear that my words would never do justice to this amazing, amazing class.
I finally gatherd the courage and only hope that I don't ramble on, insha'Allah.
Where do I even start?
First off Alhumdulilah that Allah subhana wa ta'la has blessed me with the opportunity to be amongst those chosen to take this class.
Masha'Allah, just as Shaykh Waleed promised, I walked in thinking one thing and left thinking another.
I don't think I've ever cried as much as I did during this class. and I think that is what set this class apart from all the others for me.
There is a saying which states,"Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again"
Subhan'Allah, the entire first weekend I was struggling to hold my tears back - the welded - but I fought them. But when the second weekend rolled around, I was a goner. The topics of Qadar, death, the grave and the last day....subhana'Allah, my favourite sessions of the entire class and they were spent in tears.
Masha'Allah, shaykh Waleed left no stone unturned. We traveled from this life, to the life of the grave, to being resurrected....and we weren't done until Shaykh Waleed left us in the gates of Jannah. May Allah subhana wa ta'la make us all of those who reach Jannah. Ameen.
One thing which really pulled at my heart was when Shaykh Waleed spoke of the questioning which would take place between the individual and 2 angels. subhan'Allah, I just kept thinking back to this one lecture in particular where a Shaykh said:
they'll ask you who is your Lord?
That's an easy question isn't it?
But if you did not know your Lord in this life, you will not
be able to answer it.
Yes Allah is the greatest
but did we make Allah the Greatest?
Did we pray on time and make Him the greatest?
Did we worhip Allah and make Him the greatest?
Burden our mothers, our fathers, our boss, our husbands and our wives?
If you made Him the greatest, you're gonna answer the question
very easily: Rabbi Allah; My Lord is Allah
What is your religion?
it's a simple question
but if you fully and only fully Submitted
if you invited Islam into your house
and embraced it with acceptance
with application, with love
with devotion, motivation
than it's not hard for you to say
deenal Islam, my religion is Islam
who was the man that was sent among you?
it's not hard to answer right?
it will be very very very difficult
for the person who did not make Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa salam their leader
the believer, the one that loved Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa salam more than he loved his own soul
who followed him inwardly and outwardly
who implemented his directives
who revived his sunnah
who fought and struggled with his hand and tongue and heart in his cause
he will say nabiuna Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wasalam
I am asking all my brothers and sisters, from the deepest depths of my heart, please, please do not pass up the chance to take this class should it come to your city or surrounding area. I promise you won't regret it.
Already taken this class? Go find your Rays of Faith binder & notes, open it and flash back to the days when you were sitting in your class listening to Shaykh Waleed (may Allah bless him. Ameen). The tears you cried, the joy you experienced, the fear which griped you.......
let us hold tight to what we have learned and never let it go. May Allah subhana wa ta'la make us of those who implement what we learn and teach it to others. Ameen
sorry for the long post and if I have ever said or done anything to hurt anyone, whether intentionally or unintentionally please forgive, insha'Allah
wasalamu alikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh