The décor is exotic, sprinkled with the hadith and the descriptions from the Quran, the classrooms, resound with movies on Islam, our room with movies on Islam and women is brimming with not a single empty seat.
Shireen and I are conducting one of the guided tours. As we go up the space for the TIE (Tariq, Imran Ebad) lounge is filled with children playing and being minded by the mothers turned babysitters.
What is junky and not cleaned or set up is the area given to the young adults as their lounge. While conducting the guided tour I have to make excuses for its untidiness with a lone broken exercise bike in one corner and the rest of the furniture shoved untidily onto one side. The shrinking and forgotten corner of this building stands forlorn though it was the impetus to build this Mosque as a community Center in the tradition of the original mosque of our Prophet pbuh, rather than a lone place only for worship
Everyone is congratulating themselves and each other for the excellent and hard work done to produce this show of beauty and culture of Islam in the Community Center.
What is visibly absent is any mention of the silent hands and absent hearts of the boys who incentivized the adults to rise above mediocrity and build something classy and fashion it to be worthy of being the House of God.
T.I.E. the initials engraved on many hearts in the community but not on the lips of most today are the true fashioners of the heart and soul of this building. It is sad that they are no longer here but inshallah other children like them will be proud to bring their friends to play in the community center.
The absent boys who metamorphosed ordinary adults into extraordinary Muslims and activated them into motion lay buried in the outskirts of the city in “the garden of Truth”.
May Allah keep the feet and hands moving and transform the idle chatter to action all of the 365 days as He did today, and may our boys whose silent hands did the work be remembered for starting this cycle and May Allah give them the reward of the outcome. Ameen.