Category: Personal

Me too…

Like Achelois, I am also not ignoring this blog.

My reasons for not blogging much or even commenting on other dear friends blog’s are similar to Achelois’. My apologies to fellow bloggers for this.

I’m too tired to blog, too tired to comment on things I see, hear, read and feel because I have effectively been worn out and wrung dry from it all. Tired physically, mentally, emotionally and perhaps intellectually. From thinking all the time and having a struggle.

The struggle being? Wanting to put pen to paper and writing all these thoughts down,  rants, idea’s, realisations and criticisms but realising the permanency this action results in. At least if a thought is in your mind it will evetually flitter away into the recesses of the blackholes which the mind is made of (only to later re-surface momentarily). But once written down, it is etched and engraved for time immemorial.

This urge however is subdued. I too like Achelois wish to sleep all the time. TV doesn’t appeal, but revisiting old documentaries or radio station programmes are.  Some topics and issues although important and of interest, I feel no desire to comment on because it rings of deja vu.

People have writing blocks. I have a lack of passion and desire as well as a writing block.

I need to be inspired and to feel enough to write.


Prayers Appreciated

Salaam and hello people

I am currently in the process (which might take a few months at the very least) of some life changes which were much needed and frankly long overdue.

Please keep me in your prayers. I would appreciate it.

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From personal observations around the time I decided to pop to the mosque during Ramadhan, there was a very interesting phenomenon amongst the women attendee’s.

As soon as the tarawih was over and everything else, the Imam (who was in the adjacent room-so could only be heard and not seen) would begin to speak about a particular topic, or narrate an incident (so we could all derive some moral guidance from, naturally, otherwise whats the point? Aside from putting the congregation to sleep) most of the women would start nattering amongst themselves.

I am not too aware whether the same occurs for the men, but since the men’s prayer hall was adjacent to the women’s prayer hall any noise (such as talking) would be obvious. And my brothers would complain about it but they havent. Maybe because they disappear outside as soon as they can. But as far as noise in the mens prayer hall goes, aside from shuffling of jackets or men hanging outside of the hall door having a good old natter or the odd mobile phones going off there wasn’t much.

But over at the women’s side – whoa, it was a proper melee! The women were sitting in their own wee huddles, nattering away about everything and anything. The children were making music of their own in their wee corners. And it made me wonder why this was the case?

If the Imam was in sight, would these women sit and talk as they were? Most probably not. They’d even tell their children off for making a racket (despite it being expected from them as they are kids after all, but definitely not from grown adult women!). It’d be incredibly insolent of anyone to continue a conversation with your peer(s) in full knowledge of the speaker (Imam or other) being able to see you and possibly reprimanding you (tut tut, you naughty women!)

I would MUCH prefer to be able to SEE the speaker when he is speaking rather than have audio projected into a room. The voice which fills the room acts like background noise and when there isn’t any chance you can offend the speaker (since he can’t see you anyway) by actively tuning out, then talking over him isn’t given a second thought. Ruining the speech/talk for other members of the congregation? Like that matters! And what happens if you want to ask the Imam something? Pass it via a brother who if he feels like it may ask the Imam or otherwise try to nab the Imam yourself when he isnt sleeping or eating halwa. Which is rare.

On the topic of speaker, if you do happen to be in the same room, then to be able to SEE the speaker helps a lot. Having designated seating for women at the back of the hall, where everybody infront resembles ants, or the only view is the back of peoples heads does nothing for me.  On top of which, from such an angle the speaker looks like a fat blur distracts and causes my concentration and attention span to dwindle and deteriorate fast. Yes I used to sit near the front of the lecture hall at Uni for exactly the same reasons.

Are mosques, and MSA’s going to change things around so women have a clear and equal view of the speaker? Or are we to be relegated to spots where a pair of binocular’s and/or a good pair of ears are required?

I might need to invest in binoculars I guess

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