Love for this world…
Posted by Haris Gulzar on June 23, 2009
The final of the T20 cricket world cup was due to start at 8:00 PM Pakistan time, and Maghrib prayers are offered at around 8:20 PM (Lahore). When I was going to the Masjid for Maghrib prayers, I sent a text message to a friend to keep me updated about the score. I already knew that Sri-Lanka was batting first so I could afford missing some overs, but still, I asked that friend to keep sending me messages if anything happens. I mean, rather than asking him to stop watching the match and offer prayers, I asked him to watch each and every ball and update me after every over. I’m really not sure if I went to offer my prayers for Allah or just for the sake of offering prayers, as all of my attention was definitely towards the match.
I had turned my mobile to silent mode so that it doesn’t start beeping when I get any message, which I was obviously expecting to receive every 5 minutes. Though its vibration alert was on, hence I didn’t care if I get disturbed with every incoming message, which obviously diverted my attention to the cricket match. And If I got a message in less than an overs time, it definitely meant a wicket had fallen because I knew my friend won’t message me if any six or a four was hit. The Sri-Lankan wickets were falling quickly as well, so you can very well imagine how much I would have heard the Imam and how much would I have felt my mobile vibrating in my jeans. Besides, if by chance the Imam once or twice succeeded in getting my attention, I could only think of the amount of time the Imam was taking in reciting the Surah’s. It starts taking longer in prayers when you aren’t really praying, but then, do we ever actually offer prayers with full attention?
Sri-Lankans managed to put up a competitive score, hence it was definite that the Pakistan innings would be worth watching as well, but it was Isha time when only a few overs of the Pakistan innings were bowled. I wanted to say no when my chacha asked me to accompany him to the masjid, but somehow I couldn’t. So I sent a message to that friend once again. What great friends I have for sure (Y), because he replied positively that time as well. As soon as the prayers ended, I met a cousin who was hurrying out of the masjid inviting me to his place for the match saying we can offer witr after the match ends. He probably didn’t have good friends like I did. I could have managed not going to his place, which happened to be right in the front of the masjid, because I was being updated constantly (hence I offered witr in the same state of mind, with my mobile vibrating every now and then :-().
I just recalled a situation that I went through a few days back and probably many others would have experienced it as well. What if when you bow/prostrate with money in your shirts pocket, say, a note of Rs. 500 or that of Rs. 1000 and it fells off. Worst of all, if it is a four raka’at prayer and the note fell off in the first raka’at, doesn’t it distract us for the rest of our prayers. I guess this situation is a true measure of how much love we have for this world😦