Friday Night Reflections: Of Congregation and of Hope - The Blessing of Jamatkhana
As Jamatkhanas across Canada start to re-open where circumstances permit, we are reminded of the old adage that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Having survived 15 months with limited access to the place that, for so many, serves at once as a centre of community, camaraderie, unity, understanding, prayer, peace and fulfillment, it is appropriate to ask at this juncture - why and how do Jamatkhanas hold such a central and cherished place in the life of a murid? What is the significance of congregational prayer? How do we continue to ensure that we embrace the gift of the Jamatkhana as a means towards personal and spiritual fulfillment?
This evening, host Marline Aizouki and special guest Alwaez Karim Jiwani join us to reflect on this notable milestone in the evolution of the pandemic, helping us to consider and remind ourselves what it means to be able to be together. Jamati voices comment on what they missed, and what Jamatkhana means to them. And musical expressions remind us of our strength in unity.