Today I decided to walk to Yousef Islam's hotel to attend the Friday prayers after last Friday's trouble finding a parking space, I walked with a colleague of mine, the weather was quite nice, when we got there the sermon had already started, it was given by an Afro-American man, a very angry man! he had some good points like why the women section was so small when there was enough space for a bigger section, he mentioned how mosques should be cleaner and more tidy but then he started to talk (I am sorry to say) Crap!, first of all his sermon continued well after 2pm when many people in there have to go back to their work, then he said that we all should turn up early to the hotel, pick up the rubbish, scrub the windows, tidy the garden and vacuum the carpet! I mean that might be OK if we didn't have other jobs and can afford to be there longer than our lunch hour, on the other hand while I believe the worshipers have a responsibility towards keeping a mosque clean but in the first place when people decide to open a mosque then they should organise the day to day running of the place, the cleaning and so on but unfortunately it seems here people open mosques and just keep on collection money but they don't do much when it comes to looking after the place and for this Sheilkh to try and tell us that we should do it, well I would like to see him polishing the windows first.
He then made a remark that I found very offensive, he had ago at Arabs in general which I can understand except not the way he said it, these are his exact words: "ALL young Arab men go out and play football while ALL older Arab men have big stomachs and do nothing but sit at home watching Al-Jazeera TV".
Yes he is right to a point but to say all, I found very offensive and I actually shouted back at him and said "no not all brother" everyone turned back and looked at me, some even smiled at me, the Sheikh ignored me of course. I mean what about the young & old Arab men that are continuously killed by Israeli soldiers just because they are fighting for their land, what about Arab men that defended Lebanon and other countries too? are we completely written off now and become a laughing stock even by other Muslims?
This Sheikh should know better than generalising his views, I mean how would he like it if some one said in a sermon that all black men are drug dealers? (which of course is not true) wouldn't that be very offensive? I feel I was right to feel angry.