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    Babies in the Masjid

    May 15, 2012 by Guests Family and Community, Featured
    54 Comments Tags: fridayjumuahmasjidMosquenew Muslimprayer

    By: Asma Bint Shameem
    The khuṭbah had already started. She knew that she was late, but she wanted to attend theJumu'ah prayer anyway. She quickly picked up her baby and stepped anxiously into the masjid, looking to the left and the right. After all, this was the first time she was here; she had just moved to the area and didn't know anybody. As she sat down in the Sister's Prayer Hall with the baby in her lap while her heart was thumping in her chest. She could feel curious eyes turn in her direction, but she stared hard at the ground, too nervous to meet their gaze and tried to concentrate on what the Imam was saying.

    Oh my GOD! What a terrible noise he was making! What should I do?

    She wished that the prayer would be over quickly so that she could console her baby. But before the Imam had hardly finished saying the 'Salaam', that they all jumped on her!

    Someone muttered, grinding her teeth.
    Another one hissed.

    With her head bent low, her eyes downcast, she blinked hard to fight back the tears that suddenly welled up in her eye as she tried so hard to swallow the huge lump in her throat. She thought this was the masjid. This was the place where she and her baby would be welcomed; this was the place she wanted to be, to learn Islam and to teach it to her child.
    How can they be so mean to her like that? Didn't they realize that it wasn't her fault that the baby started crying!
    Without saying a single word more, she hurriedly gathered her things, picked up her baby and quickly left the masjid, without even looking back once.

    This illustrates for us the perfect example of how our behavior should have been. It shows us an unwavering principle of Islam, that is, if in our social life, when any unpleasant incident takes place, we should keep our cool and show tolerance and patience. We should concentrate on finding a solution to the problem and not just think in terms of what punishment to hand out to the problem-maker. We should find means that would alleviate rather than aggravate the problem.
    Where is our sense of tolerance and patience? Where is our feeling of compassion and mercy? When and where will we show it, if not in the masjid, of all the places? The Prophet (saw) said:

    Did the sisters forget the time when they had little babies of their own and they cried too?
    The Prophet (saw) understood the agony that a mother goes through at such times. That's why he (saw) said:

    As Allāh says to the Prophet (saw):

    Aren't we supposed to behave courteously towards one another? Didn't the Prophet (saw) tell us:

    Was this the way to behave with the new sister?
    Why weren't we gentle and merciful to her?
    Why couldn't we be patient with her and her little baby?
    Couldn't we have dealt with the situation better?
    Were we a means of pushing her away from coming to the masjid?
    These are some of the questions that we seriously need to ask ourselves.

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