Importance of attending Islamic events and talks
Going to Islamic events and being in gatherings that increase our remembrance of Allah is very important for us. Of course, at the moment in most places in the world people have been advised to stay at home and away from public gatherings. Nevertheless, it is still helpful for us to learn about the general importance of going to Islamic events, so whenever Allah wills for the current situation to change, and restrictions are lifted, we can make the effort the attend. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“There are no group of people that sit together in a house of the houses of Allah reading Allah’s book and studying it between them except that tranquillity will descend upon them, mercy will encompass them, the angels will surround and protect them, and Allah will mention them to those that are with Him (to the highest angels).”
These Islamic events and gatherings help us to increase our remembrance of Allah. We listen to talks on various Islamic topics and meet people who are also on the same journey to learn more about Islam. We read:
“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Qur’an 13:28)
We are around people who are also remembering Allah so it is also a good opportunity to make good friends that will be a positive influence on us. We read in a hadith that Abu Huraira (RA) reported that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“A man is upon the religion of his best friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.” (Abu Dawud)
Making time to attend these Islamic talks and gatherings also stop us from engaging in activities which cause us to waste time and not take full advantage of each day Allah blessed us with. For example, instead of making a habit of going to restaurants or going shopping for leisure, going to Islamic events and talks will help us to feel inspired as well as develop our Imaan (faith).
We should not become disheartened if we attend an event and we have been there for the whole day, but have only learnt one concept. It is still worth attending as we would not have otherwise learnt that concept on that day. Perhaps we would have spent the day doing something else. We must remember that Allah rewards us for every effort that we put in to do good. Perhaps learning that one concept is all we needed at that point in our life to change our lives around and become more sincere believers.
Sometimes it may be that we did not learn anything new from the event or talk, but we must remember that the aim is not always to learn something new. Often, reminders are what we need. We may be knowledgeable about topics in our religion, but that does not necessarily mean our feeling of spirituality and Imaan will be strong. Reminders help us to feel motivated and they push us in the right direction.