Prior to hearing about the course, I had a very superficial and somewhat prejudiced view of Islam and Muslims in general. My view was shaped by an upbringing that had strong Western influences and I was unmindful of my Deen. My ultimate goals in life were enjoyment in this world and money. There is no question in my mind of what my final destination would have been on that trajectory.
The DNSI course [Now called Mizan Institute] was a complete eye-opener and life changer for myself, my wife and many of those around me. I had always been aware of the apparent wonders of Qur’an and Hadith but the way the information had been presented prior to joining DNSI was lacking and left me unengaged. The way the DNSI course was taught, the sincerity and quality of the Ustadh’s, their non-judgemental and encouraging attitude, and the engaging way in which the material was presented, encouraged me to immerse myself in the Word of Allah and the ways of His Messenger. It unlocked the door to unlimited wonders and I feel that my heart is now attached to the Qur’an. The course also provides context and insight into key topics, many of which I had previously misunderstood. It has equipped me to face the world as a Muslim and, although there is much room for my own personal improvement, I am surely in a far better position to meet my Lord now than I ever have been.
Some of the more obvious changes that the course has brought about in my life:
– I have managed to lengthen my beard whereas I was previously clean shaven
– I strive to cover my awrah regardless of the weather
– I have managed to maintain daily prayers consistently
– I have given up listening to music in favour of listening to Qur’an and lectures, and have given up watching fiction
– I make extra effort to honour my parents and to be good to them
I highly recommend the course to anyone who does not understand what is being recited in Salaah, who does not understand why we perform certain acts as Muslims, or who is disillusioned with their role in this world.
Waseem Hassen, Investment Analyst