Is it annoying to take children to the mosque?
Grizzly was entertaining me with some anecdotes, including incidents that took place during Salat Al Tarawee7. As he was praying a few days ago, the man beside him did not take a breath between saying Al Salam Alaikum (an indication of the end of the prayer) and shouting at the kids who were playing, running around, and making noise during the prayer. The stream of words ran like this: Salam Alaikum… GO HOME… NOW… Allahu akbar!
However what I found really amusing was Salamu Alaikom followed by a jolt to find a woman beggar sitting there with her baby, waiting till the men finished praying in order to get a few JDs….
Grizzly’s stories are some of many stories I have been hearing lately about people taking their children (ages begin from a few months on) to the mosque. A friend was telling me that while she was trying hard to focus on meditation and humility, her mind was taken over by one thought; how she wished she could slap the 3 little girls, who were standing behind her back, watching the praying men from the window and giggling excited! The girls were settling world’s affairs, while worshipers were trying to listen in the most absolute silence.
In other words فاتحين دواوين
In yet another incident, my sister was commenting on a woman who was at the mosque with her toddler. The baby was, rightfully, upset being out of home at that late hour and so she started crying … my sister expected the mother to leap immediately out of the mosque in order not to disturb the other women … but the lady sat there بكل نياطة as if annoying every single woman there was a perfectly respectable thing to do!… some women eventually got fed up with her and told her off… she resisted a bit, but then took the baby and ambled out of the mosque so slowly, oblivious to all the women who were waiting patiently for her highness to leave in order to start praying… Her actions almost sound blasphemous!
I wonder why she had to wait till someone gave her a piece of their mind in order to do the decent thing? Is it lack of common sense? Is it selfishness? Is it bad manners?
Since it is Ramadan… I would like to cast my cynicism aside and think that parents take children to the mosque only because they feel it is important to raise children with a strong attachment to their religion.… and not for any other reasons… but part of me still finds it selfish, completely tasteless and an indication of ignorance to take children and leave them unattended. I mean if a parent insists that their children have to go to the mosque, the least they should do is make sure that they pray next to them so that they behave and not distract those who are actually there to pray.
And then…at that point, when people stop being selfish, even in practicing religion… maybe then, we could become a better nation.