The Jumma is often a hectic affair. Many of us are coming in from places of work or education with only a limited amount of time to arrive, attend the Khutba, pray and then make it back to where we came from. It’s busy during normal parts of the year let alone being extra-busy during the school holidays. Roadblocks and beeping horns, crowded Wudu and Toilet areas and the sheer footfall are all part and parcel of the typical Jumma. The crowd is largely made up of people not found in the usual daily prayers and this is of course clear to see from the numbers that attend. It’s an opportunity for a large body of Muslims to gather together, receive inspirational guidance, boost the Iman and worship the Lord almighty. It’s also a chance to meet up with the friends and relatives we only get to see once a week at the typical, quick, 2 minute chat outside the Masjid where we make promises to try and see more of each other but are unfortunately seldom able to deliver.
However, what is even more remarkable is the nature and conduct of the Jumma crowd. Abysmal and neglectful parking, pushing, shoving and impatience over bottlenecks at exits are common place albeit something one would least expect at a place of worship. Crooked lines, gaps, general laziness in prayer and the almost weekly insistence by many to sit at the back or against a wall even when there is ample space at the front or middle of a given hall, are amongst the most consistent misdemeanours. The odd scratching of intimate areas not so sensitively and even the odd pick at a toenail or more seem as acceptable as a loud yawn and outstretched legs.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that:
"The best among you are those who have the best manners and character." (Bukhari)
Does the way we treat each other have an impact on our application of this Deen and more so the acceptance of it? Is Islam merely rituals and ceremony with no instruction on behaviour and conduct? If you look into any book providing a general overview of subjects within Islam you will almost always find a chapter with many a reference to good conduct, behaviour and its importance in this religion. If our physical actions have an impact on our metal outlook then vice versa, the opinions we hold regarding each other will certainly be expressed through our actions and the way we deal with each other.
The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said, "A believer to another believer is like a building whose different parts enforce each other." The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) then clasped his hands with the fingers interlaced. (Bukhari)
So this one is for those seeking spiritual excellence as much as it is towards the political activists, the overseas trained student of knowledge as well as the internet sheikh - please remember that you are a Muslim at all times and all places, it's not something that you turn on and off depending on your environment. Before you plan to conquer the hearts and minds of the non-Muslims, establish Khilafa and bring about World Justice and Global Peace; let’s start by giving some consideration to each other as fellow brothers. Yes, your brothers. The ones that complement you and you complement them. The ones that are inviolable to you and you are inviolable to them. The one’s whom you must love and they must love you as part of this religion.
The prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said:"None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself." (Bukhari & Muslim)
It really is sad to see a Muslim behave more ‘Islamically’ when he attends a public office or institution or when meeting and greeting one who is at odds with the Deen of Allah and His Rasool (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) than when he attends the House of Allah and engages with his fellow brothers in Islam...
May Allah enable us to correct our small matters as much as we’d like to correct our larger ones.
Wasalaamu alaykum wa Rehmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.