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‘I wish I could do it all again’: A Mentor’s Take on Madinah and Bab 2013

Updated on 12 March 2018

Updated 6 November 2013

As I sit back to reflect and ponder over my unforgettable experience as a mentor supporting the participants of the Madinah and Bab summer course in Iran this year, I couldn’t help but wish that time could turn so that I can repeat the experience all again.

This journey was unique for me in that it combined both the spiritual aspect of visiting the holy shrines of our beloved divine guides and also engaging in a very structured and well-organised course where I had the opportunity to gain some knowledge and spiritual food for thought. There were things that I expected and other things that I didn’t expect in my role as a mentor which made it all the more exciting; however my overall experience proved to be very rewarding as I found myself embarking on a journey of self-development and growth from a personal, spiritual, and social level by all means.

The mentor training programme provided by The World Federation was not like any traditional training which may often leave the trainee with only the label of being trained but without real learning or development. Looking back, I now realise how every exercise and activity we participated in was very reflective of what we as mentors experienced during the course and it opened my eyes to learn more about myself and gain insight on different practical techniques that I can use in communicating and connecting with others, not only in this course but in our daily lives.

Overcome with the excitement of meeting our mentees and developing our relationships with them from day one, and with the thirst to gain some knowledge by our esteemed scholars while energising our spirituality with visitation to the Holy Shrines, I felt myself lucky to have this opportunity to stand in the position of being a role model and leader to the participants.  Moreover, the honour of serving the Zuwaar of Imam Ar-Redha (as) and Seyyida Masuma (sa) was more than enough to make me value this role and to give it all I’ve got from every aspect. Whether it be sleepless nights, hectic moments, or unexpected incidents where decisions had to be made, it was rewarding to be able to work with a team of mentors who were all harmonised in our goal to serve and support the participants. 

The days and nights passed by very quickly but every day was full of energy and activity which left us exhausted at the end of the night but excited to start the next day. It was not long until the moment I dreaded came where we had to bid everyone good bye and head back home although the place we were visiting was in essence our real home. With tearful eyes and heartfelt sentiments exchanged among all participants, it was clear that the bonds were created, the memories were formed and will forever be cherished, and the regret of leaving the holy cities of Qum and Mashhad will leave us all in a sad state for a long while afterwards. 

By sister Jerrmein Abu Shahba, of New Jersey, USA


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