Today I am thinking about him (pbuh)…………..what if he was here, and I could lay my fears, sadness, insecurities, and complaints at his feet and ask for his advice. His gentle patronage and his affectionate manner would smooth over all ill feelings……..
I am at the masjed to pray Maghrib and pray shukrana for my vision after getting an almost clean bill of eye health from my eye doctor. I want to thank my Healer (As Shafi) in His house. (The masjed)
As I wait in Dhikr for the adhaan, two men are talking loudly and making sarcastic remarks in a humorous manner about the Imam. I remain silent trying to concentrate on my pre Maghrib Dhikr; it is the hour of acceptance of dua…….
The conversation goes on laughing, a little, a bit of a jeer, laced with a patronizing tone. I finally get up and walk up to the men’s side of the masjed and ask the men if they had ever put themselves in the shoes of the Imam and walked with his limitations and challenges?
I feel like a chastising teacher to these grown men, lax in their manners in the masjed, doing Ghaibah at the hour of acceptance of dua. In observing their body habitus, it reflects lack of exercise, and lack of control in intake of food, and thus lack in control of the tongue too at the hour before Maghrib and in the masjed.
I am shocked at myself. I am, after making up my mind that I was not going to critique anyone in the masjed, here I am speaking my mind…………..
It is jumma……………….and I know I should not look in front of me at the American Muslim brothers, but every time the door opens I see a paunch entering before the body of the American Muslim male. Even the twenty some boys have paunches.
Why is the American Muslim male, especially the ones who are aware enough to come for Jumma so lax? Their excesses reflected in their tardiness, their lack of respect of jumma prayers by appearing in jeans and wearing pants, which do not loosely drape and cover their awrah as is commanded by Allah Subhanawataala.
Their faces and their gait reflects the stupor of a Baheme, satisfied with their state of belief and stupefied by the load of food numbing their brain, and we wonder why we don’t have a Salahudin to free Palestine.
Our Salahudins are buried under the tub of fatty foods that their mothers, wives and sisters feed them. They are in a race with those American non Muslim men to develop the figure comprising of the beer belly (without the beer) of the hard drinking, football watching, butt slapping, blue collar people who know nothing better and drown their daily frustrations in these acts.
While the light (Noor) as promised by Allah Subhananawataala illuminates the heavens and the earth and everything in between, but our modern day Salahudins, the American Muslim male are wearing dark glasses with their noses pointed to the standard American practices (SAP) which are sapping their vigor their sight and their desire to see and absorb what Allah Subhanawataala has illuminated for his ebaad. They have reached the masjed but they have not opened or understood nor embodied that Noor and the message:
۞ ٱللَّهُ نُورُ ٱلسَّمَـوَٲتِ وَٱلأَرضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشكَوةٍ فِيہَا مِصۡبَاحٌۖ ٱلۡمِصۡبَاحُ فِى زُجَاجَةٍۖ ٱلزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّہَا كَوۡكَبٌ۬ دُرِّىٌّ۬ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ۬ مُّبَـٰرَڪَةٍ۬ زَيۡتُونَةٍ۬ لَّا شَرۡقِيَّةٍ۬ وَلَا غَرۡبِيَّةٍ۬ يَكَادُ زَيۡتُہَا يُضِىٓءُ وَلَوۡ لَمۡ تَمۡسَسۡهُ نَارٌ۬ۚ نُّورٌ عَلَىٰ نُورٍ۬ۗ يَہۡدِى ٱللَّهُ لِنُورِهِۦ مَن يَشَآءُۚ وَيَضۡرِبُ ٱللَّهُ ٱلۡأَمۡثَـٰلَ لِلنَّاسِۗ وَٱللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَىۡءٍ عَلِيمٌ۬ (٣٥) فِى بُيُوتٍ أَذِنَ ٱللَّهُ أَن تُرۡفَعَ وَيُذۡڪَرَ فِيہَا ٱسۡمُهُ ۥ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ ۥ فِيہَا بِٱلۡغُدُوِّ وَٱلۡأَصَالِ (٣٦)
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star. (This lamp is) kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon light. Allah guideth unto His light whom He will. And Allah setteth forth for mankind similitudes, for Allah is Knower of all things. (35) (This lamp is found) in houses which Allah hath allowed to be exalted and that His name shall be remembered therein. Therein do offer praise to Him at morn and evening. (36)
We pray for Allah to send:
Men whom neither merchandise nor sale beguileth from remembrance of Allah and constancy in prayer and paying to the poor their due; who fear a day when hearts and eyeballs will be overturned;
(37) That Allah may reward them with the best of what they did, and increase reward for them of His bounty. Allah giveth blessings without stint to whom He will. (38)
رِجَالٌ۬ لَّا تُلۡهِيہِمۡ تِجَـٰرَةٌ۬ وَلَا بَيۡعٌ عَن ذِكۡرِ ٱللَّهِ وَإِقَامِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَإِيتَآءِ ٱلزَّكَوٰةِۙ يَخَافُونَ يَوۡمً۬ا تَتَقَلَّبُ فِيهِ ٱلۡقُلُوبُ وَٱلۡأَبۡصَـٰرُ (٣٧) لِيَجۡزِيَہُمُ ٱللَّهُ أَحۡسَنَ مَا عَمِلُواْ وَيَزِيدَهُم مِّن فَضۡلِهِۦۗ وَٱللَّهُ يَرۡزُقُ مَن يَشَآءُ بِغَيۡرِ حِسَابٍ۬ (٣٨)
The Muslim sisters in American may have to wait a long time……. or go elsewhere to find their Salahudins.