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Our Inverted Priorities-1

লিখেছেন: ' মুসলিম৫৫' @ বুধবার, ফেব্রুয়ারি ১৯, ২০২০ (২:৪৯ পূর্বাহ্ণ)

Assalaamu ‘Alaikum!

By the grace of Allah,I try to offer all my Fard Salaat [or namaz] in congregation, in a mosque. I do not deny that, sometimes I wish that, if I had the liberty to skip going to the mosque, may be I would have taken that opportunity. But I am convinced that, it is a great obligation on all Muslim males – and the obligation ranges between Wajib and Fard. Stricter scholars of Islam hold that, the difference between Wajib and Fard is only of a linguistic nature. However, my usual day to day feeling about the affairs in the mosque is very sad. During the Fajr, the strength of the congregation is about one and a half row, while during Maghrib, it is about 4 rows. The local mosque I go to, may accommodate at least about 15 rows in the ground floor, I believe, and about the same numbers in the 1st floor.

Couple of years ago, on the onset of Ramadan, I went to our local mosque for, Isha and Tarawi. Being new to the locality, that was my first Ramadan here. I discovered that, the mosque was full and I had to get a place at the Veranda, in an odd position near the stairs. It was obvious that, the “yearly devotees” out-numbered and out-smarted the daily ones. I felt happy in one way, because of the fact that, the crowd which had flocked to the mosque must have been one comprising of the believers – who believed in reward from Allah. I felt sad at the same time realizing the failures of the “daily devotees” – like us – to reach out to the huge numbers of the “yearly devotees”. Particularly, I was ashamed that, I could not reach out to make them understand that, if they prayed Tarawi in congregation for the whole of the month of Ramadan – still it would not compensate, if they missed out just one of the five daily prayers once. Like many other things in our surroundings, here also, our priority has become “inverted” – that what is of less importance, has got more importance.

Likewise, in our vicinity every year there is a “Gorur Haat” [cattle market], just before the Eid-ul-Adha. When I walk past the “Haat” on my way to the mosque for one of the five daily prayers, I see hundreds of individuals – “buyers” and “sellers” alike – are just hanging around, apparently to materialize “the trade”. I would always like to think that, may be they would offer their Salaat on their own. But during Fajr and Maghrib, I can not avoid understanding: “No, they wouldn’t”! I feel sad again thinking that, most of these people are possibly believers – particularly the buyers must have come here to buy an animal to sacrifice it to please their Lord [though I do admit that, there may be some SHOW-OFF involved in the "trade" of some of the buyers] – but, how the priority got inverted: if a person buys all the animals available in the market and sacrifice in the name of Allah, still he can not compensate missing just one out of the five daily Fard Salaat [i.e. namaz] once.

In order to remind my fellow Muslims about our priorities, I would insha’Allah present a series of writings on this matter. I say again “to remind” and not to “teach”. By reminding others I do get reminded at the same time.

Allah Hafiz!

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  1. very true. Irony of us the Cultural Muslims rather than actual believers.

  2. আমাদের এই ব্লগে আমরা ইংলিশ লেখা প্রমোট করি না, আশাকরি আপনি বাংলায় লেখাতে অভ্যস্হ হবেন ।

  3. এই লেখাগুলো আগের লেখা ছিল ভাই – আমার অনুবাদ করার সময় নাই। বুঝলাম, এভাবে দেয় ভুল হয়েছে – ভবিষ্যতে চেষ্টা করবো ইংরেজী কিছু না দিতে। আপনাদের দাবী অনুযায়ী Peace in Islam-এর করর্তৃপক্ষও আমাকে বংলায় লেখার কথা বলেছেন। হঠাৎ আমার একটা joke মনে পড়ে গেলো – Awami League-এর দু’টো শব্দই বিদেশী: প্রথমটা ঊর্দু আর পরেরটা ইংরেজী। অথচ, তাদের শ্লোগান হলো “জয় বাংলা”। কি irony তাই না??