This is a Ramadan inspired post, since I don’t usually go for prayers all round the year, but men do and I can somehow feel what they may go through at times.. It is sad how we Muslims do not follow our religion as it should be followed. Where as, cleanliness and purity is half our faith, we pay no heed to it. We go to our mosques (particularly Isha + taraweeh) with stinky clothes, messed up dupattas, foul breaths full of garlic and onions, and of course carry no sense of brotherhood and sensitivity for others in us.
As I stood beside a woman praying my tarweeh today, I felt suffocated and utterly disgusted. Concentrating on the tarweeh became secondary and gasping for breath became my first priority. On my right stood my mother, calmly and in serenity praying hers, whereas, all I was doing was bumping into her and bothering her with all my movements to get onto her and take more space from her to shift. After we were done, she asked me the reason for me acting so weird. All I managed to say was to hurry up and lets go home.
Dear readers, I am sharing this story so we all can feel the discomfort we maybe creating for the person standing next to us. Even before thinking of this discomfort, we should at least be fully aware of our cleanliness and state of our mouths, as being Muslims. We should not be going to pray with our mouths smelling foul and our body’s stinking. Instead we should shower, wear clean clothes, put on some perfume, brush our teeth, tie our scarves neatly and go in front of our Lord in a respectable and presentable manner. This will save other people from feeling miserable, as well as we would be adding positivity to our society where people wouldn’t want to run away from us/our mosques/our religion.
These are the little things of utmost importance, that we need to take care of. It is one of our religious obligations to represent Islam in the most beautiful way possible. And even before Islam, its a humanitarian demand.
Wish you a happy rest of the Ramadan, and pray we can make ourselves better each day.