Having been with ATA since 2017 has enabled me to not only grow as a person academically, but also spiritually and drawing connections between the two.
There is great emphasis on fellowship in Islam and ATA definitely accommodates this. The life long friendships I’ve gained through this vital initiative allow me to network and build strong community bonds with those in the Shia community.
Furthermore, the mentoring scheme helped me strengthen my academic potential. The support I received from my mentor – an Oxford medic and hawza graduate – was greater than what my school had to offer, due to the individualistic and personal connections formed.
A crucial aspect of the award is the international trip which ensures students in the west are able to build themselves spiritually. It also gives us an opportunity to learn more about the lives of important figures, such as Allama Tabataba’i. Having role models like the great ulema is extremely empowering and highlighted the importance of being knowledgable in all fields – not just the one we go on to pursue.
ATA has shown me that actively trying to fulfil our academic potential and helping the community with the intention of pleasing Allah, can only help strengthen our faith.