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.