5 days have passed and it seems like I’ve known my companions far longer than that, it seems that they know me better than some people I have spent my time with in the past but most importantly it seems like we’ve all been on a journey that is immensely powerful in helping us achieve more in life inshaAllah. I feel quite sad to write about the final day because no amount of words can really convey the lessons of wisdom I gained over this past week, the awesome friends I found and the desire to do even more in life been sparked.
Today we spent the vast majority of the morning discussion on All Star Management which is an interesting concept for me as I’ve always loved to work in teams, the techniques and tips taught in these sessions pushed me to think beyond conventional bounds about taking anyone who offers to come on board a project; I realised that therefore the best organisations are build on all star players and I haven’t always been one myself yet I am striving. Therefore it is essential to demonstrate A* qualities myself such as being able to execute and deliver as well as being able to think creatively. Some of the lessons have really made me think about how I am going to apply such principles of seeking excellence in all that I do in every sphere of my life, from my family whom I love very much, to my work and career as well as passionate pursuits in life. I know that the reason why I choose only to have and do the best is because as Shaykh Muhammad said: ‘It is not befitting of the Muslim to have low standards’ yesterday. And I for one do not wish to have low standards iA.
As we got halfway through the day many of us were wondering how we would let go of such an experience, as we’d become so accustomed to arriving in the morning with peak energy and immersing ourselves in the sessions til late in the evening. It was a thought we’d prefer to push away! Nonetheless, many of us could feel our emotions catching up with us as we reflected on the journey we had, it simply had been a wow experience and a journey that was personally, spiritually and socially unique and phenomenal. We all knew that Allah had brought us here for a purpose and therefore it was nearly time for us to fly back and leave the nest of comfort (whether that was in work, home or personal life).
After my favourite time of the day, post Maghrib when the sun had set, we gathered round for tea and some NicheHero cake! We all went around speaking of our experiences and wow moments in the week, some of us were so emotionally overwhelmed it was difficult to get any words out to describe our precious times together, whilst others of us just cried out of feeling of gratitude and also sadness for Allah has brought us together amongst a fantastic teacher and inspiring Muslims. I won’t ever forget this evening, because of how honestly and truthfully everyone spoke from their hearts as they shared their journey through NicheHero, we were moved and knew that although the journey had come to an end, it was really the start of our own pursuits towards becoming leaders in our communities inshaAllah.
I want to part on this note of how my journey has taught me so much, and that if it hadn’t been for the ample opportunities Allah put on my doorstep I wouldn’t have learnt or gained as I have over the past couple of years. I’ve laughed, smiled and cried a huge deal this week. I want to make a special mention here to my NicheHero fellows, my family who patiently let me take this journey, my friends and colleagues who even though you missed out I pray to benefit you with what I have gained in some shape or form, and last but by no means least – my dear teacher Shaykh Muhammad for sharing invaluable life lessons that we ask Allah to make a means of your entry to Paradise.
Now it is time to leave the nest where the birds find comfort and to stop peering over the edge, it is time to leave and go fly, whether I fall or fly is up to me and ultimately Allah’s Help. As one of my fellow NicheHerosters said:
I will be the extraordinary Muslim that I was meant to be inshaAllah..