Three years ago, I was at Hajj and I distinctly remember asking Allah for knowledge. Upon my return, almost immediately, an associate recommended Dar Al-Arqam. It was an easy decision to commit to because all their courses are delivered for free.
I recall the first day I visited the institute, I was a little late, but as I entered one of the classrooms I hear the Shaykh say, “If you become dependant on someone then that person has a hold over you; he has an authority and an influence over you.” That one statement resonated with me. The Ummah is where it is today because it depends on others and therefore others have a hold over it.
As I transitioned into a regular attendee and student of Dar Al-Arqam, I noticed a consistent promotion of practical themes like (but in no way limited to) empowerment, independence, responsibility, initiative, contribution and leadership. Over time, I found myself actively trying to embody all of these characteristics.
After three years, alhamdulillah, I can confidently see the effects of my experience at Dar Al-Arqam: I am a better father, a better husband, a better member of my community and organisation, a better human and—inshaAllah—a better servant of Allah. But I feel the greatest and most significant change was not in my relationships, but in myself—and although I find it difficult to articulately express this point, I will try nonetheless.
Prior to Dar Al-Arqam, I worked in a small company for a reasonable salary without any expectation of change. I had no real aspiration for my professional career. Beyond work, I felt frustrated. I knew I wanted to do something impactful in society but I didn’t know what. I was detached from my community and unwilling to commit myself to local projects. I guess I lacked direction in life—not just for me, but also for my wife and children.
Now, I work at one of the largest corporations in the world with a better salary and a more rewarding role. I even run my own e-commerce business. I participate in local community-driven projects. I have life goals. I have a vision and tangible direction in life—for me and my family.
This is what Dar Al-Arqam has done for me without charging me a penny.
My journey began with me asking Allah for knowledge. My prayer was answered. At Dar Al-Arqam I received knowledge in the form of instruction and direction. I received knowledge in the form of priorities and urgencies. I received knowledge in the form of vision and goals. I have learnt things that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
“Now, I work at one of the largest corporations in the world. I even run my own e-commerce business. I participate in local projects. I have a vision in life—for me and my family.”
— Omar Sanchez