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May 2012
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Tools for Inner Peace
The Discover Yourself Workshop was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, at Suleman Nana Memorial Hall on 30, 31 & 1 April 2012. Some of the participants share their experiences of the Workshop

JULIE: Today, sadly our journey ends. In this troubled world of today, there are people like Sadathullah Sir, who travel the world to share and enlighten mankind, giving the gift he has so selflessly. Since the loss of my daughter and husband, the laughter died too, but your presentation, especially the manner in which you presented it made me laugh again. I really have been living with flat tyres, but Alhamdulillah in His infinite Mercy sent the best mechanic to be the fixer. The best gift ever received and I am grateful to you for having changed my life forever. Thank you for showing the way of truth. Forever will I walk on your beam.

SAMEENA: I have learnt the true meaning and insight of Quranic Ayaat and hadith and feel the true effect of it. I have learnt to appreciate the bounties Allah has favored on us even more. Being an Aalimah, I have had the sight of knowledge before, but now I have gained insight. I do not have sight any more, but rather vision. I learnt to realize the power of Ibaadaat (worship) from a scientific perspective. I have experienced true Imaan, Yaqeen and true recognition of Allah. I have learnt how to use my Ilm (knowledge) to be a better Muslim and surrender myself to Allah whole heartedly. Jazakallah, to you for all the sacrifices.,

ZAKIA: I was always an angry stressful person, worried about every one and all that I had to do. I have managed to change myself for the better and became a better person. One lesson I have really taken from the workshop is that you do not do the talking it is actually your ego that is talking. I also learnt to let go of people from the past because it impacts our present and the future.

NABEELA: I have removed the veils and have become more aware of it. I have become more tolerant of the people around me. I have held on to the past for too long. I blamed everyone around me but myself. I learnt to communicate with my Creator and that is the best gift. I have learnt to keep my mind still.

SURAYA: Opening up my eyes and mind to a whole new way of living-moment to moment. Be aware and conscious of the base from which I operate. I have the power to influence my future.

NASSEFA: I have always prayed for peace and contentment and I believe Allah has answered my prayers by sending me to this workshop so that I may use the tools to get the inner peace and contentment. I know it is going to be hard, but I am going to get there. I will live in the now and look at all things from Allahís perspective and nothing else.

SUMAYA: Before I attended I was always judging and criticizing my husband and children. If anything was said to me I would immediately react, get angry and fight. Now I listen and laugh at the way I used to react previously. My family communicated that I am calmer and more quite. Shukran!

NAJMA: I learnt a lot from the workshop. I was proud, stubborn, and always thought, I am right. I always fulfilled my desires and not realizing I was damaging my soul Allah gave me. Now I realize that I am nothing and submit to Allah and lead a beautiful life. My family notices that there was a change in me and I was calmer and spoke less.

NASEEMA: My whole family is attending this workshop and I feel that it has already benefitted us and our home so much. Its very peaceful and relaxed since the workshop. I normally have a short tempe,r but now I am so passive in situations that would usually irritate me. I also realized the value of my life and how I have been wasting my youth by having all this hatred and carrying baggages since childhood and the only one I am hurting is myself. Your way of getting everything through is amazing. I am grateful that I could attend this workshop now at the age of 17 and use these tools in my life. It was really eye opening and interesting.
Let Satan Out of Your Lives
The Discover Yourself Workshop was held in Stanger, South Africa at Zakariyya Muslim School on 23, 24 & 25 March, 2012.

MARIAM: I had attended last year with my daughters and I wanted my husband, who was completely against it, to attend. I told him that I would like to give him a gift. Alhamdulillah he accepted, now that I have four members of my family who have attended, we can help each other on the right path, Alhamdulillah! Both my daughters and I have benefitted tremendously. The presentation and explanations are excellent. I can only attribute to Allah the Almighty to bring you to our little town to benefit the fortunate ones. Your sincerity in your knowledge has profound power. Itís Miracle! Itís Divine! You share with such passion that every oneís heart is touched. I am hoping that the rest of my family attended your next workshop. But I am also worried who will continue this noble work after you have left this world. May Allah give you a very long life and good health. Ameen!

ZAHERA: I have attended many work related workshops. It was an awesome experience to attend this first Islamic workshop. I enjoyed the humor and demonstrations. I believed that the things I did in my life was correct, but after this workshop I realized how wrong I was and how it impacted on other peopleís lives. I thank Allah for giving me the chance to realize my faults. I know now that I am responsible for my own happiness. I want everyone I know to attend this workshop and to experience the same feelings I have.

AYOB: My life before the workshop was complicated. My mood always was to criticize people. After the workshop I could see and feel my whole life changing.

AYESHA: This workshop is bringing in me slow, but remarkable changes. . I am learning to discover myself and not others. I feel light and free to worship my Lord in peace and happiness.
HALIMA: I have benefitted and so has my family. I feel a different me. I feel light free and peaceful. I see life and people differently. I have dropped my baggages which I could not have done before. I have accepted people as they are. I am grateful to Allah and to the organizers of the workshop. I am happy to let Satan out of my life.

FAZEELA: I have now become more aware of my inner self. Realized how my behavior, thoughts and actions impact on my life and happiness. The workshop was thought provoking, enjoyable, enlightening and also fun. I am feeling happier, lighter and sure about what I want in life. Before I felt alone and insecure, ignorant of all the good inside me. Now I know what I have to do as mother, wife, daughter in law and sister and sister in law.
Nothing is Everything
Hamid Khan
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this life changing workshop at the end of this second day (20 March 12, Durban). I must add that my attendance has come at the perfect time in my life and it already has a profound effect on my thinking and outlook on life.
May Allah reward you and Mr. Abdul Rahman Ghani abundantly for your efforts that are obviously driven by love and concern for us all and the Ummah as a whole.
While I may have been mostly quiet and non verbal through these two days, it has allowed me to absorb the core of what you deliver. It has and will allow me to, not just be conscious of the limitations that we foster, but to tirelessly continue to shatter the barriers that hold me back from achieving the best of my life.
This will undoubtedly have a profound positive effect on my family too and I whole heartedly thank you for exposing me to such. Apart from feeling the effects of this realization for myself, it is my wish to follow in your footsteps by also finding ways to play a small part in contributing to bringing your message to people back home. Please advise me on how this could be possible in a small town where people would not be able to make the effort to travel to the cities. Will it be possible for you to commit some of your time, even if its one day, to deliver a talk or a condensed version that may be sufficient enough to spark peopleís awareness of the necessity of changing outlooks for the sake of Allah and of course for themselves too. Although I look forward to another day to go with you, I already feel like:
ĒIíve been transformed from understanding nothing to understanding that nothing is everything!!
Shukran for every effort you have made to be here.
Thanking You,
Hamid Khan, Durban
Durban, South Africa on 19, 20 & 21 March 2012