It’s Ramadan and normally, I only write when necessary, because I feel that this year and this month, I am in an emergency state. I need much dua, supplication, and good deeds. Mostly for myself and my family but also for the ummah as a whole, because as you can see it is one hot mess right now.
Now, the in my humble opinion, the source of this crisis is really, that people just don’t understand stuff. This is not me being arrogant, but from what I understand from talking to people, they actually belived that with just one election, that they were going to get Democracy-American-Style.
Ok, this is a minor fault. The greater fault is that this month’s current crisis. In the month of Ramadan, people numbers are dwindling from the masjids here in Sharjah. Last year, you couldn’t get in the door, nor the year before that, but this year, their is enough space to ride a bike in the little one that I go to.
Then there is the crisis in behavior, where kids are not being taught to respect the masjid. Teenagers come with their mobiles and talk and laught during Taraweeh, or not so little kids such as twelve year olds and under run, place and break the rows. My daught told me yesterday during salah one girl poured water on the head of another. Then a few days before that, in that same masjid, someone had given what seemed to be a six year old and a four year old, some bombas, little bits of explosives wrapped in paper to throw in front of the masjid door.
I need to pray, but I am also about to lose my patience along with my mind.
Then there are those who are just adamant about letting their children get away with stuff. ‘They are small’ the say. But I have been seeing this one girl in the masjid since she was four years old and now she is fourteen, with little improvement. She was sitting on the floor chatting with a friend and the face that her mother gave her, if it was me, I would have pulled her up by her ears. Not only did she get up, she told her mother to wait.
Yes, I am ranting, but allow me this. There is a book that I read where it says that if you do not train your children, it is as if you let scropions run within the society. This is so true. Part of the crisis within the Arab world is poor home training. The other is ignorance, especially in this age of ingnorance where people rely on TV, internet and Facebook and Twitter.
Getting your facts in a bunch of titters and tatters here and there and in the end thining that you know it all is not the answer. Then many people fail to ask questions or dig deeper-it seems to take just too much effort.
The first thing to do is to train people in the proper tarabiya, Islamic manners in how to treat each other, be polite and know their place. This should be done starting with the mothers and then the children. This manners should be taught, according to the Quran and the Sunnah. It may seem outdated, but really not much other works. Besides, when it comes to Muslims, it’s something that they can relate to and it will in many cases kick in some long lost memory. Only if people understand that there is a way to do things and ways that are wrong, that this crisis of bad characters will end.