Attending usrah classes at the Muslim Women’s Association has become a bit of an addiction for me. I know it’s an addiction because when I don’t go I miss it and feel that something is lacking. When I do go I feel spiritually replenished and inspired to try harder and do better in the name of Allah (swt). We have a wonderful teacher in Sis Azida who not only shares information with us but is constantly encouraging us to think for ourselves and seek the true meaning in everything we read. Her fundamental message of never giving up and the encouragement to keep trying to do better and be better no matter how many times we may stumble always gives me hope that through the abundant mercy of Allah (swt) my personal efforts will be rewarded and my many mistakes will be forgiven. I find the classes welcoming and nonthreatening. I don’t feel like I am being judged for missing a week or not knowing the answer to every question. When I walk into the room I am always greeted with the warm smiles of the other women attending even if I don’t know them all very well. In this day and age when we are all so busy and life is at times so overwhelming, usrah is my chance to stop and smell the flowers. It gives me a chance to consider what is truly important in life and reassess my priorities. The immense benefits I feel I receive are easily worth the few hours a week I give up to attend these classes. I think a little reflection time would benefit us all.