Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Random Thoughts Between Rakaats

I Read my Taraweeh at The Westville Mosque. After every fourth Rakaat, we get to sit for a little longer while two old men crank out almost melodiously...almost " Subhanallahi Wa'lHamdullilah. It is usually this time when my mind wanders. This is what went through my head tonight

  • Gawd, I'm Hungry - Mum's akhni was a blessing tonight - too many samoosas and half moons, this past week. Wait, I cant believe that I actually enjoyed the Akhni so much. But Akne and sarbat , not a good idea. But now that i've had it, I wish we have pasta tomoro. Gawd i'm hungry- hope the brats haven't eaten my finni yet. MMMmm - Dhai Bhara's ( they probably finished as well- Dam extended family- acting like they fasted the whole day) OK - takbeer, time to get up. Hmm - Let me look menacingly at the kid sitting down next to me. Doesnt he know that Surah Faatiha is almost finished!
  • I need to sit somewhere else. The uncle next to me burped during the second rakat and blew it my way! My mouth was open and everything! I think he got the point when I stared at him after Salaat. The other Musallees probaby thought i was bonding with my left shoulder angel , and thats why I took so Long to say Salaam to it. I could tell exactly what this uncle had for iftaar just by looking at him and smelling his belch. Hmm - The crumbs on his beard imply samoosas or pie - probably pies as i can see some poppy seeds. the pink stain near his top pocket is definately Pink milkshake ( hmm - deep pink- must be that Dada's spice one that smells like vanilla essence. He definately had fish curry for iftaar ( my kryptonite) I could smell it in his hands when he raised them for takbeer. Thank God this guy isn't a Shaafi or any other mazhab that has multiple takbeers gestures. Sweet - Its the end of the eight rakaat, which means half the mosque will clear out, so i can jump two safs front - this feels like a game of snakes and ladders. I really dont know why people only read eight rakaats - come on guys - Ramadaan is once a year- read the full twenty you pansies!
  • Have to go to campus after this. Cursed journals can only be accessed from superbowl. Luckily the internet is faster now - The hordes of people sucking up bandwith to forward ther pointless "friendship is caring" powerpoint messages are all on mxit now. Oh No! The damn foreign students will be there watching Baseball on You tube and just being extra Loud - hope i packed my ipod. (What! its got nasheeds on it) Someones phone rings- Oh great - Candyshop is going to be playing in my head for the next two rakaats
  • SRC elections are on tomorow - What a dillemma! I initially ran as a dare. Now my student card picture is plastered all over campus . That too, a picture taken in first year. As Q and Jo said - before the years of cynicism filled my face. not to mention some pimple marks as well. Hmm - Lucky my eyebrows haven't grown any more bushier. My hair is short in the picture - hope people know its me.. unless they hate me, then they must think its some first year and still vote me in. Hmm - one more Subhanallah to go - time to think of a slogan " Vote For MJ - Its not like you were going to vote anyway you apolitical bastard . Good One- I must remember that - but i shouldnt swear in the musjid, even if its a thought.
  • Oh, I got an SMS. Hope its from someone important. I wish it isn't one of those Al Imdaad messages - Disaster in Tokyo - Earthquake kills three people in paddy field, send your millions to the family of these three victims - I want to check the message but the other musallees are going to think i'm logging onto mxit. Better make a dash for the Whudu Kanaa. I can drink water and check message at the same time

Wait a minute, we just read three Rakaats. That means Witr. Sweet! Akhni here i come


Muhammad said...

Salaams MJ :)

So that's what you were thinking in Salaah... I was wondering why the sudden jump to the water cooler :P

Anyhow, at least your mind wanders after the salaah is over, some of us have it happen in between :P



P.S. I linked you as asked :)

qdee said...

oh my, there certainly is alot that goes on between those ears :)

M Junaid said...

Yeah, you are right MAK - i guess a few of the mussallees thought that my whudu was threatening or something, hence my haste. Its easy to stop your mind from wandering in Salaah - just reflect and try to think of something good that you did for the day - it normally dawns on me half way through the fifteenth rakaat :P
Peace Be upon You

Taraweeh is one hour of reflection Q - I love it

Anonymous said...

Slmz Sweetty
guess what mine wanders worse than urs....its during salaah thats the worse part...
Guess whats the lastest wonder hmmmm....does juns have anything ever worth listening to? ;) I doubt it but thats what makes it worthwhile arguing with you...I ALWAYS WIN!!!hehehe
mwah love ya

Anonymous said...

oops forgot to eidt heheh WANDERS ya i know but who cares I can't spell :)

Zahera said...

OH.MY.GOD! Someone in this cyberworld who knows what akne is!! Man the number of time i have had to explain its like pillau/biryani but its not.Mmmm now i want my mum's akne :-D talking about food when youre fasting is such a bad idea.

People read 8 rakaats because they hold a differing opinion on the number of rakaats that need to be prayed for Tarawih. Some argue that the Prophet (saw) only prayed 8 (although we do know they were very very long rakaats) whilst the ruling for praying 20 was agreed upon during the caliphate of Umar RA. Most if not all the sahaba RA agreed on 20 rakaats and followed this practice. (Maybe you already know this and you were being sarcastic but i though id share it anyway) :-P

*cough cough* ofcourse you only have nasheeds on you ipod! ;-)
Interesting train of thoughts you have during salaah-lol.

cellardoor said...

LOL - oh my days,i feel so guilty. as a fellow muslim , i should say - 'this is bad- u shud concentrate on ur prayer and raaa raa raa'. and if u were my younger bro i wud.... but frankly ur blog made me laugh - i know exacly where ur coming from, i have the same problem where my mind wonders during prayer.... oh well we can only try, and god knows i do....

J said...

Tell me about it...I suffer from Iftaar nausea every year, despite promises made to eat 2 samoosas instead of 4...yum, had akne last ma uses "pure butter ghee" only...cholestrol, calcium deposits, cardiac arrest...welcome to the pleasuredome :)
And then the samoosas start a mosh pit inside, eager to make an encore...all still intact...mid-ruku...
My pa usually ends up reading next to the uncle who just had dhall :) Sorry about the fish curry; must've been gross...all you can look forward to now is doing the same when you're older, hehehe...
Hope you did well in the src elections...finally, you get the fame you've always wanted! Need to get you a pimp chalice and a honey to match that 'fro...Word.

M Junaid said...

I guess i shoul have campaigned a little more, as i didn't get voted into the SRC - oh well, no big deal, i'm glad . i have too much on my plate right now - This thesis is daunting - think i'l post a blog regarding it - maybe some outside opinion might help

Sofi said...

did u win?

btw, i thought akhnee was like soup..chickeny soup!!

M Junaid said...

nope. didnt get in - guess my plans for world domination will have to be put.. until next week that is . BWUHAHAHA ( MJ laughs maniacally)

Anonymous said...

Man, I suggest you learn the Du'a, that is supposed to be recited during the pauses, for next Ramadhan.