YOK Coffee Talk with Sr. Sanjana

Haifaa Younis


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A woman who joined a full-time program for 30 years and lost her family members due to illness and sacrificed her health and sleep. She wants to prioritize her day and achieve her goals for the next year. She believes that her past experiences have helped her become more knowledgeable and grounded in knowledge.

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah lair bear cat.

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I joined the year of knowledge. This past year, I joined the full time program. I am a wife, a mother, I'm a practicing physician. And I think what I want to share anyone who's in doubt about whether they can do it, you know, last year when I heard about this, and I wanted to do it, the first doubts that came to me was, this is probably not the best time for me to do it. You know, I was working full time.

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And between working, I was homeschooling my daughter, there was illness in my family. And you know, I kept thinking, Maybe I should join not the first year, but after the program is settled next year, and then this thought came to me, you know, I started medical school 20 years ago, around the same time I wanted to get study Dean to at that time, the knowledge that opportunity wasn't there. And Allah gave me this opportunity in 20 years, I didn't want to wait another 20 years, I've sacrificed so much in my life for other things before knowledge, right? I sacrifice sleep time. I mean, I've you know, a lot of us we work like 30 hour shifts, we do all these things for other things need

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prioritize. In this time, I realized I would prioritize my day and I would prioritize the connection to Allah. If I wanted. If I wanted to be close to Allah, I have to work for it. I have to sacrifice something. If I wanted this knowledge, I have to prioritize it. 11 hours compared to like, the 24 hours in a day, seven days a week is almost nothing, right? I wonder how much time I used to spend on the phone. I wonder how much time I spent with leisure or entertainment, or just sometimes being tired? Right? I think, you know, in the very beginning, a lot of the sister a lot of my fellow sisters gave us a lot of tips about how to prioritize our time, how to be efficient, you know,

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how to, you know, outsource what, what didn't matter. And all of that helped. I went in wanting to just wanting to learn for Dine, wanting to become more grounded in Islamic knowledge. That, you know, I can teach my daughter I can be a good example to my family. And I can be grounded in knowledge when I help patients. And you know, from day one, all that was kind of

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destroyed because I realized the real emergency was between me and Allah subhanaw taala and needing to prepare myself for facing him. And then this year has made me realize how little I know and you know how much Allah can bless us with knowledge. It's changed me and it's changed my life. It's changed the life of my family. So it's, you know, it's taken me in a completely different trajectory.