I hope everyone is having a good time learning and reading the Quran in Ramadan. I have been going to the Masjid for Taraweeh and I learned a few ways you can ruin someone’s prayers!
Guess what…I am going to mention a few of them here, not so you can ruin someone’s Taraweeh but abstain from doing so.
- The smelly dress!
Yes, a lot of people especially women who work in the kitchen come in the same clothes to the Masjid and their dresses smell of garlic and onions. These strong odours keep one from concentrating during prayers. Moreover Allah swt mentions in the Quran
(خُذُواْ زِينَتَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ” (الأعراف 31″
“dress well when attending the mosques” (Al A’araf, 31)
This means that one should get ready with fine clothes and use a nice smell (for men) before going to the Masjid as it’s the meeting point between the servant and the Lord.
- The burps!
These are extremely smelly, and guess what every time someone burps around me while we are in Qiyam I have a feeling I am going to throw up. The one good thing about burps is that you get to know what the person next to you ate for Iftaar, the chicken samosas and pakoras and the list goes on.
- The can you please switch off the AC/fan lunatic
We are experiencing Ramadan days during the summer for some time now. It gets really hot when you are standing with hundreds of people for two hours and just because someone is feeling “cold” they get the air condition switched off. It leaves everyone sweating and naturally the bad odour spreads very fast.
- The Hulk
This is not an exaggeration, but some people tend to take a lot of space particularly when everyone does the Sajdah. It leaves the other person with no place to keep their hands or head.
- The what did you cook/eat talk in between the prayers
This can be very annoying. Some people prefer discussing their Iftaar menu in between the breaks the Imam gives. The Masjid is a place to worship Allah swt and learn about Islam. We should learn to respect our worship place as Muslims.
- Leaving the trash behind
A neat and clean place is very important when it comes to praying. Apart from distracting one a dirty place also voids the conditions of praying. People tend to leave their empty or half-filled water bottles and tissues when they leave and this should be seriously dealt with.
- The “kitni hogai?” (How many Raka’as are done?) question
Asking this question multiple times assures the fact how badly one wants the Taraweeh to finish and go their way. This shows how materialistic lives we lead that even in Ramadan we can’t deal with a small number of Raka’as.
- The cartoon
I have observed many kids and even adults wearing T- shirts with cartoons or animals or human beings on them. Fellow brothers and sisters the place of worship should not contain any pictures as is mentioned in the Hadith of the Prophet peace be upon him: ”The angels do not enter any house in which there is an image.”
Ibn Uthameen states that wearing shirts with cartoons or human beings or animals to the Masjid is not allowed as it keeps the angels from entering the place.
- This is my spot annoying person
A Masjid is for everyone and one can’t just take a spot for himself and fight over it. The situation gets worse if the prayer has started and the person has kept himself a spot in the front row. Please try to be a little understanding and if you really like a spot, come early to get it.
It would be very nice of you to keep these things in your mind while you are in the Masjid and abstain from doing them.
Fatima Bint Sajid