Friday, October 19, 2007

End of this chapter at least!

Several weeks ago, my best friend wrote this for me:

Ode to Humairah
Hummi Tummi taught a class
Whether the water was half full in a glass

The students asked her questions a lot
They weren’t sure of what they were taught

They have stressed her beyond belief
With end of classes will come relief

For now she sits marking papers
All the while eating chocolate wafers

Kahkashan could not have carved a truer picture of what I went through as a teaching assistant for SunniPath's Introductory Arabic 2 course! This was my first experience as a teaching assistant, and Alhamdulillah it was a great blessing to be part of the SunniPath team. SunniPath definitely has some of the best brothers and sisters working behind the scene, putting in scores and scores of volunteer hours to provide the global world access to great teachers of Islamic knowledge.
Below is a sampler of what we did in class (it's just a joke people, not meant to scare you):

I just fired off the last set of reports to the students, after spending some 10 multitasking hours on the mail merge feature in Word collaborated with Outlook and Excel. I loved the students in the course, and I always find SunniPath students to be very humble and also very eager. I wish I could name some volunteers and students who have become a favourite with me...

Next semester inshallah, I'll be the teaching assistant for the following courses:

I've never posted a "Be Right Back" message on this blog, but this time I need to, because if I don't, I'll probably end up posting and that won't be good for the next while (7 days to be exact) as I'm busy with:

  • Henna Nite (it's tonight!)
  • Teaching assistant work for the above 3 courses
  • Course development work for another SunniPath course
  • Meeting up with a friend who's visiting in Dubai for 2 days
  • Shariah program resumes this weekend
  • Research article for my column
  • Conference preparation launch including fine-tuning everyone's roles, bringing more people on board and defining the advisory board and the steering committee
  • Updates on other projects

Oh... and for those who are going to miss, the Henna Nite's menu (this doesn't include what mummy's going to be making):

  • Perfect Purple Punch
  • Banana Party Punch
  • Fruit salad custard cake
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Ras malai, gulab jamun
  • Date tart
  • Chocolate oatmeal (and other) cookies
  • Assorted biscuits
I'm off to the kitchen. Bye Bye.


aunt to a new born said...

I remember that tarkeeb chart! I had burst out laughing in the car on my way to Windsor!

thanks for including the menu for those who can't make it.. and rubbing it in :|

faraz ahmed said...

Sounds like a lot of sugar for one evening!

Humairah Irfan said...

:D It's past Ramadan, I can talk about all the menus I want :P

Yea Faraz..It think it was an extremely heavy overdose that NO ONE MOVED until 11:30pm (which is quite late considering the fact that they were only women)- many brought sweets as well and now we have enough to last the rest of the year!
Alhamdulillah, it was a blast :)

youngMuslimah said...


wandered here from someone's u just moved to the UAE? where from? just curious. I live in shariqah.

Humairah Irfan said...

I grew up in Al Ain, but I was in Toronto for 5 years. I've been here for almost a year now, Alhamdulillah.
Drop me an email, you can find it on my profile.
Thanks for dropping by.