We are now over a year into one of the most defining years of our generation and on the other side of a global pandemic. For many of us it may feel like the past year have been a series of shattered plans and dreams left unrealised. Our children have been at home with us and keeping them stimulated and focussed has been a notable challenge for all of us. Ramadan has come round again, going to still be spent without the usual warmth and buzz and its familiar faces. We have had to dig into ourselves to find the strength to be optimistic and have hope that things will be okay. But sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes it feels like something is missing and we need to take matters into our own hands.
“When a group of people assemble for the remembrance of Allah, the angels surround them (with their wings), (Allah’s) mercy envelops them, Sakinah, or tranquillity descends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those who are near Him.”
[1448. Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri ]
There is power in the virtual collective. As Muslims, we were not created to wander the path of righteousness alone. When we stream our favourite recitations of the Quran online, we’re seeking the same comfort and ilm (knowledge) as those from generations before us. When we hear the Adhaan notification on our phone and face the qibla to pray, we forget that we are in unison with millions of Muslims around the world. And the beauty of it is, as one adhaan finishes in one part of the world, another is just beginning. With the power of technology, we are purposefully intertwined beyond comprehension.
With mosques opening with restrictions up and down the country and with physical gatherings outlawed for the moment, we have utilised technology to devise ways to gather together and continue being a light to one another in times of darkness and difficulty. We are launching online group classes that enable adults and children of all ages to study at all levels of experience under qualified teachers from the comfort of your own home.
Recent studies have further reinforced the effectiveness of online classes: It was discovered that participants learn five times more material in online learning courses using multimedia content than in traditional face to face courses.
Now more than ever we are in need of the healing power of community. Knowing that there are others seeking the same knowledge as you and I. Dedicating themselves to a scheduled session will strengthen their Imaan (faith) beyond measure. You will be learning alongside others who are passionate and will have the opportunity to learn from each other too. With the support of a group to learn, engage and grow with, you can rest assured that they will achieve beyond their Ramadan goals.