Graduation 2017 took place on 3 December 2017, a peaceful Sunday afternoon that soon turned into an occasion buzzing with excitement and anticipation.
A wave of women descended upon the Taronga Road Mosque in support of the graduating class of 2017 as they experienced their final lesson of Qur’an at their completion ceremony. The ceremony, referred to as Qur’an Jewels, covered translations of chapters Al Ma’ūn to Al Naas completing a year-long khatam, followed by students sharing their journeys and legacy projects.
“I felt like I’ve finally achieved something of value, in my life. The feeling of contentment, excitement and happiness rushed through my body as we completed the final verses of the Holy Qur’an. A feeling of sadness also made its appearance as we all knew that even if you are going to be coming back for 2nd year it won’t be the same, the class won’t be made up of the same ladies you began your 1st year journey through the Qur’an. But all praises and thanks to Allah for the opportunities He bestows upon us, despite our flaws. Sitting amongst a large group of ladies who completed this year, I felt extremely special, blessed and gifted with this opportunity of having to sit in the banquet of Qur’an for one whole year and being chosen by name for this.” (Bieshneen)
“Graduation day. Alhamdulillah, shukr Allah for this absolutely amazing year! I sat at our khatam and felt so honoured and blessed to have been invited and chosen by the Almighty to be here. Usually, the young ladies sit on the floor and the not so young ladies, at desks. Today we sat shoulder to shoulder. Not age, nor status, nor educational level separated us. And I made du’a that the Almighty opens the hearts and grants invitations to those who came as guests to the khatam. So that they too may experience the Qur’an. That is what this year was to me. A journey of the heart. And at the khatam, my heart was full, Alhamdulillah.” (Not so young lady, Wiesaal)