Friday, 13 October 2006

Cleanliness is part of Faith


Going to the mosque today for the Friday prayers inspired me to write this, its about image and cleanliness.
As I was sitting in the mosque listening to the sermon I noticed the guy next to me was bare foot and his toenails were long and extremely dirty, my first reaction was why isn't he wearing socks to cover his dirty feet? If that was not enough, he started to play with his feet with his fingers and SHOCK HORROR I saw that he had some sort of infection on his foot and he was actually playing with it, I felt so sick I wanted to throw up all over him but instead I chose to get up and sit somewhere else, this is something I often notice at this mosque well especially now that my nose is not blocked any more, its the bad smell of dirty socks as soon as you enter and the filthy state of the toilets that once I didn't have Woduu and when I went to the toilet, it was so filthy that I refused to wash and did not pray, unfortunately this is the state of many mosques in London, yet you go to shopping centres or a cinema and their toilets are spotlessly clean and have attendants working there none stop, mosques either have no cleaning attendants at all or they are sitting outside listening to their MP3s.

Where I live in north London there is a big Jewish community living there, there is the Orthodox Jews and there is the liberal Jews, I see both of these communities going to their synagogues every Saturday morning, the Orthodox would be modestly dressed and liberals would dressed like celebrities, both would have their best clothes on dressed as if it is a very important occasion to them in their finest clothes.
Of course the same applies to the Christians who go to church on Sundays.
Again they are dressed in their Sunday best and looking really good, you find this in any Christian church whether church of England, Catholic or even churches where mainly black people go and these are usually quite a sight as they do take extra care in really dressing up for the occasion, especially the women with their wonderful hats.
Unfortunately comes Friday and what you see is mainly men with very long and unkempt beards wearing knee length dress like Jalabia and short trousers underneath, to be honest looking like they need a good bath, some of the ladies are wearing long huge coats that are sweeping the roads as they walk and collecting dirt, yet they do not seem to be bothered!
Islam is cleanliness, washing 5 times a day then wearing the same dirty socks and clothes is wrong, they stink and they offend people around them. Why can't all of us consider Friday a special day where we dress and look clean, why can't we be clean not only on the inside but on the outside as well. I hope that I didn't offend anyone by writing this but this applies to London where I live and where many Muslims like me are complaining about the dirty conditions most of the mosques suffer here and the unclean image that many of our Muslim brothers and sisters have yet they do not do anything about it.

31 comments:

The colors of Life said...

dear Anglo , what a good sunbject u had opend , oh yes so even in UK well that is bad , in Islam when you have to go to the friday pray u have to be in all ur good form and so clean and in a good smel , well they do no relaize this simple thing , in Libya the same as u said , but here in Canada , well i went once to the friday prayer becouse it is in the city away from us , so when i went their i found every body in a good shape and form and clean , well i am talking about womem but i will ask about men but as i saw the men they seem to be clean , and their for the women we wear as we want to go to the mosq i mean trouses and casual clothes , and in the mosq in the ladies section there is clothes for the ladies to wear it when we pray , which i like it so much .... any way ... oh yes Isalm means clean and that is really bad that some people show islam like dirty as they are really bad .... well i think u have to choice where to sit next friday .... good luck

Aladdin of Tripoli said...

that's so sad AngloLibyan , and really pitty , i hate seeing those stricts muslims who have a long beard and look ungly and dirty and they think that they are the " real Muslims " who follows sunnat elnabe . i am defintly sure 1400 in the prophets's muhhamed " peace upon him " people were clean and good looking .
you can not imagine the condition of mosques here in Tripoli , some of them are good , but some of them are dirty , the carpets are never cleaned and it smells bad , peopel who prays are dirty , too many nails on the carpets . so when i go to the mosque i usually stand up and go outside the mosque and pray outside with few people found the mosque dirty and decided to pray outside .
this ramadan i don't go to Taraweeh but my brother do sometimes and he tells me every day abput the dirtinies of people who prayes taraweeh and the bad smell coming from them ..
one of my relatives used to live in the US and then moved to Jordan and he said to me since he went to Jordan he stopped going to Mosques because of dirtinies of people plus he was surprised of people gossiping harmly about other people after the friday prayer so he decided to stop praying in mosques untill he get back to the US lool .

Safia speaks said...

If you feel repulsive in the men´s quarters of a mosque, say alhamdulillah you never visited the women´s quarters. When I was in London I prayed juma3a at Regents Park Mosque. The women´s quarters are below in a cellar. Now, I am not coy at all, so never mind the stinking sewer I had to perform wudu3 in - after all the faucet was running clean water - but then I went into the prayer´s area; dirty rag on the floor, crumbling wall paint, paper cups with juice spilled on the carpet, kids running around screaming and playing with toys (although the ahadith clearly say a real mosque is closed to kids and unclean people), a somali boy kept pulling the trigger on his toy gun, women were eating and drinking, gossiping. This was the worst friday´s prayer I ever experienced; the loudspeaker was hardly audible and I did not understand much from the khutba.

When I joined the Grand Mosque Committe in Copenhagen to plan building a real first mosque in Denmark, I specifically demanded a large, clean and inviting women´s area with library, office and children care areas, nice carpets, good facilities. The men in our commmitte thought I was crazy. Luckily other women joined in on my demand.

I know it is not fard for us Muslim sisters to go to a mosque for prayers, but when we do, we should not settle with second degree cellars.

Safia speaks said...

Oh boy, did you just give me a great idea for an article to sell!

AngloLibyan said...

Thank you colour of life & aladdin for your comments.

Safia if it helps with that horrible bill you have to pay then I am glad :o)

Gheriani said...

It's sad, pathetic and revolting.
I always thought that we, Muslems, have an ocean of difference between theory and practice. It's the same with our الخطاب الدينى religious speech which became like our political one. We are far away from reality. Are we a people doomed for decline and disintergration? Excuse me Anglolibyan, you just touched a subject which is at the core of our existense. Frankly, only with someones, like Sheik Nasser Allah, I feel that Islam is still BE KHAIR. و له رب يحميه

white african said...

so true anglo, its such a pity that alot of the muslims are so quick to preach the faith yet dont do anything about there appearances,

i swear you can smell the smell of wet carpet and socks even before you step foot into the mosque, and the state of the toilets, what gets me is that they would never allow for there own toilets to look like this so why in the house of god?

good topic...

Trabilsia said...

Well done dear brother,an excellent topic which I was refering to just the other day.Many of our People simply putting it don't wash and really stink, so what is one to expect from them??What we need is self awareness programmes to teach people what is expected of them where cleansiness of the body and soul go hand in hand,leading us to the importance of where one prays.

BeSHeSHeNtRa... said...

Ooh too bad , so it is a good thing that i have never thought of going to the mosque and I think I will never will , i prefer to pray at home were every thing is clean and good smell , but , yah frankly ;I find that there are many and I mean really many of Muslims does not care about their personal clean !!! ..and this is sad , and I don’t know why , is it Islam fault or just because most of the Muslims are from the third world ?!!!

white african said...

there was a time when it was the opposite, the western world was seen to be backward in that they had no sewers system, they used to throw the contents of there buckets of sewage from the top floor into the street, and the muslim world introduced the ideas of hygine to them.

now we are slacking and the finger is now being pointed at us and its a shame.

Lebeeya said...

I hate people that have stinky feet!!! :::commit suicide::

AngloLibyan said...

I am very grateful for all your supporting comments and glad that many of us feel the same about this topic, to add to Safia's comment London's main mosque the Regent Park Mosque is one of the worst ( can you believe http://www.lgfl.net/lgfl/leas/hackney/accounts/staff/religionslt/web/places/islam/index/this!) the Libyan community always have their Eid party there in the basement were Safia was, it really is unbeleivably filthy, the tables where Eid sweets and drinks are put have ancient food still stuck on them and just are repulsive, the toilets are all flooded from water used for woduu and the smell is just undescribable yet no one there to mop it up, during Zaki Badawi's funeral http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaki_Badawi
his wife told me that there were many VIPs including Prince Charles, people complained about the filthy conditions there and she said that the whole family were really embarassed.
In north london there is a mosque built by the Turkish community that is a work of art and is spotelessly clean and the people that attend (mainly Turks) are usually clean and civilised, I have always been impressed by the Turks in London, well done to them.
http://www.lgfl.net/lgfl/leas/hackney/accounts/staff/religionslt/web/places/islam/index/

Safia speaks said...

AngloL, you have started something there!!
When I copied and pasted your story and sent it to a Danish Muslim mail list earlier this week, people on the list (it´s a big list with 600 members) replied with many stories about the same problem. Now some people have started to use their cellphone to take pictures from mosque facilities and post them to that mail list and even today people have started to ask questions to one of the list members who is the board director of the biggest and most well organized mosque in Copenhagen; what is he to do about the problem?
End of story (?) is that the imam probably will talk about "alnadhafa min aliman" next friday!
I will also try to take up the problem with my own Muslim organization "Muslims in Dialogue" and I am currently working on an article. I just wonder why none of us has ever thought about the topic ourselvesw; guess we we had slowly adapted to dirty facilities...

AngloLibyan said...

Safia these is great news and I really hope something gets done at least in Denmark, I wish it happens here in the UK since it has more mosques than any other western country and most of all I wish InshAllah that our own Muslim countries take action after all as whiteafrican mentioned, it was muslims that itroduced hygine to the Europe in the middle ages.
best of luck.

Trabilsia said...

Maybe my comment was too harsh dear brother ,but believe me if you were to teach 20 trainees whom didn't want the AC on and smelt like rotten onions , I don't know what you'd do.The young ladies I usually speak to ,but for the gents it's quite difficult as it's taken very personally.
Personal Hygiene must be brought out in the open. We can only be clean or dirty , there's other way.And it's not a matter of being poor or rich but one of awareness.

AngloLibyan said...

Dear trabilsia, i didnt think your comment was harsh, you made a very good point and anyway sometimes being harsh is the only way to get the message.
as you said we can only be clean or dirty.

A.Adam said...

its too bad to know that the same thing happen in London mosques, I saw that here in tripoli you can find some people wearing sport cloths with dirty going to Friday prayer.
it's important things you make it up for us thanks brother and keep all good things up

AngloLibyan said...

thank you a.adam.

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