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Friday, April 25, 2008

In the Name of the Ringgit - Friday Prayer Traders Nuisance.



Lately, I find it quite a nuisance that there are traders from amongst the Muslims who just do not have any commonsense in them when trying to capitalize on the opportunity presented to them when it is Friday and Muslims congregate in large numbers at the masjids for the Compulsory Friday prayers.

I have grumbled to myself in my heart and tried to keep my temper from getting the better of me when at times, unthinking motorcyclists would indiscriminately park their bikes in the space under the tent at Masjid Azzubair Ibnul Awwam at Taman Tenaga, Cheras that was meant to accommodate the overflowing congregation during the Jumaat prayers.

Today, my patience ran thin and I had to take action by summoning a fellow Muslim to help me remove the goods of a group of serban clad, jubah wearing traders from a madrassa who had set up their business at the space where the Jamaah use for praying!

This took place at Masjid Saidina Othman at Bandar Tun Razak, KL!

Watch the short video above to get an idea of what I mean?

It is bloody ridiculous for these fellows who are supposed to be religious and well informed about the do's and don'ts when it comes not to inconvenience the gathered Muslims who needed to stay in 'Saff' and pray according to the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam!

I have no problems whatsoever if they wanted to use the space on any other day to do whatever halal business they wanted to carry out in the masjid's compound but to be so bloody 'kiasu' and go occupy space that is meant for the congregation to pray to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala without considering as to whether their actions were right or otherwise simply saw me blow my fuse today!

Not that I went berserk and ran amok or anything but I am a do'er and I just felt that I had to take matters into my own hands!

Take matters into my own hands I surely did by summoning a fellow Muslim to help me carry and shift the tables plus all their trading goods out of the space underneath the tent and move them out from the area!

I just got so pissed off that such Muslims nowadays can be so self centred and not bother whether their actions are right or wrong as they had robbed the Jamaah of the space to pray to Allah Azza Wa Jalla?

I can excuse the buggers if they were ignorant chaps from some far flung areas who didn't have any grey matter in the space where their skulls are?

The thing that got me afire was that these traders were ones who looked like 'alim's but their actions were clearly and absolutely 'zalim'!

It wasn't enough that outside the masjids were rows of traders, male and female all busy, occupied with their trades and businesses, these 'alim' chappies had the cheek to set up shop in the space reserved for prayers!

After the Friday prayers and after my sunat prayers, I approached the leader of the group and firmly gave him a piece of my mind albeit in a controlled manner.

The chap apologized and said that he thought it was okay for no one from the Jamaah had come forward and objected to their setting up the tables there?

Clear cut case of failure to practice what they preach at the madrassa's I assume?

I mean, any self respecting intelligent Muslim would surely not do what they did?

Taking up space meant for the Jamaah to perform their prayers and putting business before the interest of the Jamaah and not considering the needs to accord to the Jamaah their space to pray to Almighty Allah!

It just goes to show that the actions of a few self centred fellows in just wearing the serban's and sporting beards without accompanying such noble attire and appearances with the right conduct @ 'adab' and 'akhlak' that ought to be the highlight of their selfs when being in public?

Nowadays, it is unfortunate that the few unscrupulous ones like the chaps at the masjid today are those who inconvenience the Ummah in the name of the mighty Ringgit!

What a bloody shame?

I just wonder what other acts of stupidity are we gonna face from such kinds in the future?

May Allah help us all from such inconsiderates!

Ameen.
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