The Muslim Chaplaincy at U of T runs an amazing weekly discussion circle called Soul Food. Below are notes from one of the sessions this term. Alhamdullilah for spaces to grow and learn with others!
- A true sense of hope is hoping for God’s mercy and working for it.
- When you see a sunset, why do you enjoy it? When you’re with family, what is your response? The response should be thankfulness
- Take advantage of every moment as an advantage of drawing close to God. We are sowing seeds for the akhira (afterlife)
- What is your purpose? Tip: Spend 5 minutes at the end of the day and sit and reflect. Engage in dhikr and quiet.
- Death is around the corner. Allah and eternal bliss is what we should strive for. Death gives you immediacy. Contemplating death allows you to ask the question, where am I going? I’m going somewhere based on what I do here. How do I achieve the goals I have in the best way possible?
- Don’t be attached to results, be attached to God.
- Companions weren’t morbid, they were content with death. Natural to have a fear of the unknown but if have yaqeen, better able to handle things.
- Is what I’m doing, what I’m intending, something I will be glad that I did?
- Seek greater goals. Then everything you do becomes an act of worship.
- A righteous person, funeral is like a wedding. Your perceptions define your experiences.
- Really important to reflect on life. Where are you going? What are we attached to? What are our lives about? People who have a strong sense of this strive to do the most amount of good. Their hearts are full of the things that really matter.
- As attachments to the world decrease, arguments, grudges, backbiting decrease.
- We shouldn’t be small minded people, we should look at the big picture.
- We tend to have shallow communications. We hang out with people, but don’t have deep communications.
- Chicken soup to a neighbour, the greatest act to change the world. Mutual acts of caring performed often forge a sense of belonging. Try to reignite the role of neighbours.