I walk into Scott religious Centre at York University. The stairs strain my back which hurts because of writing so many essays.
The MSA is a quiet, comfortable place and a refuge from the noisy and crazy hub of university life.
It’s peaceful and refreshing.
It’s the place to come to rejuvenate and concentrate on what’s important in one’s life.
Some moments are precious and they change you.
I share with you reader, one moment that changed me.
It’s almost Jummah time and I watch as people start to come.
Life is really hectic and busy for everyone at this time of the year but there are still so many people who come out to pray Jummah.
It’s beautiful to see the many people.
Come to connect with God.
To understand what’s important.
To reinforce their goals.
As the congregation settles down, we wait silently to listen to the sermon the imam, who is also a student, will give.
He starts to speak and we listen and focus on his words of wisdom.
The sermon is triggered towards the importance of studying yet also remembering ones religion and practicing it.
A perfect sermon directed to the student.
As the imam’s sermon comes to a closure, the adaan is called and the congregation gets up to pray the Jummah prayer.
Shoulder to shoulder.
Feet to feet.
The beautiful recitation makes me mesmerized.
I am amazed at God’s words which are so eloquent and refined.
Brotherhood and sisterhood at its highest peak.
The imam recites but suddenly he comes to a halt.
He forgets some of the words to the surah he is reciting. There is silence for a few seconds.
He tries again but stumbles and then there is silence again.
I get sort of worried because I don’t want the brother to feel bad because he has been doing such an amazing job so far.
Then the most beautiful thing happens.
Another brother recites a verse of the same surah to remind him of its wordings.
Then the imam remembers and begins to recite again, he does beautifully.
The moment is beautiful and wonderful.
Specific moments that happen in your life change you.
The simplest things in life can have the greatest impact.
I think I was amazed to see the connection, harmony and love between the congregation.
The simple fact that we are all Muslims connects us.
This greeting of sweet Salam that represents us.
I think Jummah prayers are a wonderful way to connect the community.
Especially when the sermon is triggered towards issues that concern youth and those sweet reminders which help us all stay on the straight path.
Reminders that really hit home and inspire.
Jummah prayers are a blessing.
There is a great deal of good that can come out of them.
A moment to see the unification between people who share the same faith.
The simple amen uttered by all which continues to ring in your ears.
It’s all about love.
And how much a single moment can impact and influence your day and ultimately your life.
Seek that moment.