it’s been a while since I visited my 2nd tumblr Blog. I kinda forgot about it, I didn’t do too much with it, to be honest. It’s purpose was for me to get comfortable with writing, I guess this Blog has taken over on that front. Some of the post however brought a smile to my face, especially those on my observations in Ramadan (1433, almost 2 years ago).
I’d like to share this one with you.
Hmm that last observation was a bit strange, here is a better one inshaAllah 🙂
“Hayya ‘alas-salāh, Hayya ‘alas-salāh…” Oh no, the prayer is starting already, I could see the brothers through the lit window. I speeded up a bit, but at the same time being careful not to get run over as I crossed the last few roads. Finally, I entered the mosque, checking if there weren’t any spaces in the main prayer room. No, I could see there weren’t, an elderly man about 70ish years old was standing on the step in the doorway. I turned away, wait what. I froze, what can I do, I thought, it looked to be painful for him. Where’s a chair? I found a chair near the stairs to the 2nd and 3rd floor and carried it to him. Hmm, I can’t put it behind him, the doorway is too small. My heart pumping and bleeding at that point, I put it near him leaning against the shoe rack and went to join the prayer.
I have a lot of respect for that man, I see him almost every time I’m at the masjid. His house is almost next to the masjid, but no one could discredit the effort that he exerts every single step towards the masjid. I’ve met him on the way to the masjid, refusing any help, instead shooing us towards the masjid. Making sure to thank everyone who helps him whether that is by giving him his cane or giving him a chair to sit on for Salah.
I feel ashamed seeing the effort that he exerts every single day for Allah alone, and comparing it to mine, the mosque not 5 minutes away but still I can’t make 5 prayers a day at the mosque.
He is not the only example in my community, and I’m fortunate to have these examples, to strive to being better than I am. Another just recently lost his wife, another strong man a grandfather type who treats everyone as his child. I ask you to make dua’ for them and other examples like them in my and your community.
May Allah grant them Jannah, may Allah give them strength in Iman and health.
#January – Being Thankful