Islamic studies. I cannot sum it up but I can try, there is so much more to it, it is not just a subject to be studied, it is a way of life to be lived. It is connecting the heart to Allah through awakening and realisation. Through heart excercises and a lot of mind mapping, heart mapping even. It is a journey into feelings one has never known possible. It is more than the beautiful kalimas but the meaning behind them. It is more than the memorisation of duas but knowing how to truly implement them. It is not a study of our history but understanding it and how it affects one and learning the beautiful lessons scattered so lovingly for us to find in every event, every hadith, every narration. Islamic studies is learning to live muslim confidently, passionately, happily inspite of everything. Islamic studies is our journey through life. Islamic studies never stops, our hearts and minds evolve with it, are changed by it, it is always present, always until the journeys end. It is a present. A gift from Allah. Islam is studies, it’s reading, it’s discovering, It’s finding meaning, it’s changing me, changing you, changing all of us as we enter new stages of life, love, faith and spirituality.