Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Messy Wudu!

I have written before about cleanliness or the lack of it in mosques Here, the problem with messy people is that they can come to your home or place of work and make a big mess just for performing Wudu (ablution), it is so annoying to go to the bathroom that you use often to find it so filthy and full of muddy water that you just feel so disgusted that you stop using the bloody bathroom and sometimes this happens when someone you hardly know passes in front of your place of work, decides to come in because it is prayer time and they decide that they have the right to pray and use the bathroom for wudu, make a big mess then leave, with no respect for your place of work or even for yourself, just because I am a Muslim and work with other Muslims does not mean you can come in here and pray, London has as many mosques, find one and please do learn to be clean, it is part of your faith after all.


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The news of the passing away of my friend Najib الله يرحمه has upset some of us that knew him for many years but it is God' well, we spent some years together studying and living in Oxford then when the day came that Najib, his wife and children had to return to Libya, a group of us traveled with them to Heathrow airport were we said our goodbyes and wishes to meet some day soon, that was more than 20 years ago, little did we know that it was the last time that we would see Najib again إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون

After publishing my last post, a Libyan artist living in the UK used the picture I published of Najib and his daughter and cartoonised it as a tribute to Najib which was then put at the condolences pages, while my post was published here, I thought what Al-Sature did was nice, here it is:

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The following song with just one picture of Benghazi is for a very special friend who has always been kind and there for us when a group of us lived in Oxford, Haj. Rajab I hope you enjoy this, Allah bless you always:

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28 comments:

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
I know those people you are talking about----they've been in my house. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr I am sure I'm not the only one that could see the water everywhere, but could feel it as well. How freakin hard is it to wipe up where you may have spilled?

My condolences to your friend. May Allah bless him and his family.

Beautiful song.........very very moving and heartfelt.

UT said...

Anglo,

I hope you are better, for only time will lessen the pain you are feeling at the moment.
Death of a family member or friend is a sad event, which we all have to go through. Sometimes to not feel the pain I have time and again wished it were me who had to go, then I realize that its not in my hands to decide but in that of the Almighty Allah,and come back to my senses and try to move on......

As for your topic, I too mentioned the lack of attention and cleanliness our muslim communities deal with in their everyday absolutions. I hate it when men go to the toiliet and their behinds(sorry ) and other come out all wet. Not only that The ladies have their share too...One then cant enter the toilets, finding nowhere dry and everything WET, sinks clogged , as if the roof were leaking !

A lovely song and very nostalgic. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Take Care dear brother, and may Allah bless and protect you and your lovely family always.

Benghazi Citizen said...

Hello there..Interesting subject as usual..In islam ,Friday is a day of celebration,i remember the Imam talking many times about DRESSING NICE ,and yet...no response..
Mosques are soiritual places ,yes ,but spirits are affected by the disturbing sights and smells...
We need to improve muslims concept of religion ,we should understand the vitality of these basic ,and very important points which form the very back bone of our faith..Cleaness is VITAL for muslims..
Well,one last thing ,every Friday prayers at the mosque i can't help noticing the drinking water cooler with the SINGLE cup or glass attched for every body to use ,children ,old men ,young men ,SICK men..very nice way to spread infections..I hate that ,i thought of writing a post about it in my blog..
I hope this will be highlighted by our health care authorities ,some day..
Thanks

Benghazi Citizen said...

Hi again..I do feel sorry for your friend ,how short our lives are ,and yet ,we miss many good things because we are so busy doing other things..
About the song...I LOVED IT..
I pray all the time for Benghaziand all of Libya to become a better place for its citizens..
Thank you dear friend..
Regards

dusk till dawn said...

salam Anglo-LY
i can understand ur frustartion . and how upset u felt, thinking they own the place , or just walk in , no respect how it was clean, or should be left tidy,. our islam told us to be clean, not only at wadu, but in every daily thing,
i hate and do speak my mind up abt keeping things clean ,quite honest i could be nasty some times,,but u can not teach and old god a new tricks sorry 4 that,
i realy my heart and thoughts where wt u all the times , i know how u felt losing a life friend who u spent ur gr8 times and known in a strange place, ur feeling down and like ur lost ,but in paradise inshallah we all be met
abt the song is deep frm the heart all we can grief and sorrow.beautiful in its words ,julaina kobri is shining ,benghazi always open its arms with kindness, thats the way e is ,
hope the coming days will be happeir and smiling a gain .take care abu a mir

BuJ said...

أول شيء، انا لله وإن إليه راجعون
i'm sorry to hear about your friend.. and about the wudu.. i hate it, but i am lucky no one has made a mess in my house yet. mind u i avoid going to the wudu place in mosques and have wudu at home to avoid this prob.

so which college did u goto in oxford? how long did u spend there? can you punt well?

Anglo-Libyan said...

salam ibeebarbie
those people do travel a lot, they even visited you :o)
thank you for the kind words and the song is of course by the legendry Fairouz.

salam UT
life goes on, strange how after a death like this, you get closer to friends that you met at the same time becuase of many memories we share..
thank you and Allah bless you too.

dear Benghazi citizen
last year I wrote about the states of mosques in the UK which is not much better than mosques in Libya, it is so frustrating to see people of other religions all dressed up nicely on their day of prayers yet on a Friday you mainly see men, women and children dressed very badly and many with stinking socks and so on!
Allah bless Libya and its people for they have suffered a lot.

salam DTD
I wish most of us think like you, the reality is of course different.
thank you dear friend.

salam buj
thanks for the kind words.
I too never do wudu at mosques, the toilets are too dirty and smelly.

I studied at Oxford air training school in kidlington and lived there for about 6 years.
I tried punting couple of times, once I was with a friend and we had a McDonald takeaway which we were enjoying, we got attacked by a swan with sharp teeth, I had to throw away my burger in the water which was taken by the swan and left us alone, never went punting again :o)

Living Away said...

couldn't you ask those messy men to clean the bathroom up after using it? is that impolite or inappropriate?

what a nice homage to your friend!

MusicLover said...

In USA they have signs in many different languages next to the sink reminding the immigrants to wash their hands twice once in the bathroom and again at their work place.

Maybe you should put these signs at your work place reminding those unwanted guests.

During my two years living in the dorms at Tripoli University :-) it was a struggle to find a clean shower and toilet area specially the old dorms.


Unfortunately many people do not know the word "Hygiene"


Here is a video clip to cool your nerves

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MSwCRgDCH4w

BuJ said...

Hala AL...

oh the kidlington air strip.. lucky you!!!

my stay in the city of spires cost me 4 years of my life.. and while i was being lost in Logic Lane, or dodging eggs at Merton Street, or confused by the shops at Cornmarket or better still enjoying the gardens at the quiet quad at New College (which is quite old) I always looked up and wished I was learning to fly, and that place in Kidlington always taunted me by its presence!

Hope you had fun over there.. the Islamic Soc was quite fundamentalist I thought hehe.. Btw, it took me two full years to master punting.. and after almost 7 yrs since I last took a rod, I took my parents last time they were here and successfully gave them a hour on the Cherwell :) it's bliss!!

Do you miss it?

Anglo-Libyan said...

hi Leandra,
usually you find out the mess long after they left the place!

music lover, I dont think signs would make any difference.
thanks for the link :o)

buj, kidlington airport was a horrible place, nothing as you may have imagined it, I do not miss and would never go there again unless I had too.
I dont miss punting so much, the swan made sure of that :o)

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