Assalaamu Alaiykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu Dear MSA Members,

On behalf of the MSA, welcome back to the beginning of a new semester, may Allah allow our efforts to be solely for His sake. Last semester, we were concerned about the loud noises in the prayer room (primarily from the brother’s side), at the times before Jumu’ah prayer and other than that. We must remember that the prayer room is place of worship first and foremost, and we should allow the Muslims to worship in a quiet environment.

In a very scary, yet authentic hadeeth, it is our beloved Prophet Muhammad said, “There will come a time when people will sit in circles in the mosques and they will have no concern except this world. Allah has no need of them so do not sit with them.” This goes to show the importance of being careful about what comes out of our mouths in the places of worship, especially when this discussion removes the khushoo’ (deep concentration and humility) from the peoples’ prayer.

Dear brothers and sisters, there are many other things a Muslim can be doing when they are waiting for the prayer to begin:

Making thikr (remembrance of Allah)

Making Du’aa (prayer and supplication)

Reading Qur’an (If it is Friday, you can read Surat-ul-Kahf)

Just waiting for the prayer is reward in and of itself (while keeping in mind not disturbing others)

I ask Allah to make us of those who do not disturb others and are ourselves not disturbed, to strengthen the UTSC MSA community, and to make us a beacon of light for our society.

Jazaakumullahu Khaiyran,
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