What is this?
Who comes up with this? I thought y'all might wanna see something this stupid so I took a picture with my cell phone before and after the salaat tonight.
You see, the masjid is under construction, so sometimes instead of praying in the musallah, we're pushed into the gym right behind it. Tonight we were praying in the gym.
Now, I actually like praying in the gym because there's no stupid partition between the brothers and sisters (the stupid wall drives me crazy, I swear! I hate praying behind it.) There is, however, a lot of space. It's a gym...
This is a weekly isha jamaat prayer. I prayed maghrib there just fine though it was only myself and another sister praying against the back wall (not in the photograph above.) Just praying behind the brothers like normal Muslims. You know, best rows for men in the front, best rows for sisters in the back.
So what the heck? I come for isha and I'm debating whether I have time enough to pray 2 rakaat before the iqama and I see this brother start folding up one of the tables (yes, these are the fold-up tables you see in cafeterias) and rolling it in front of the sisters!!
In shock, I watch. Staring (as rudely as possible) at the brother building this stupid little makeshift, I see another brother come help him!! That tore me up too because I actually respected the 2nd brother (not the first). So they are moving tables until you see this embarrassing display in front of the sisters.
Now, isn't this just the dumbest thing you've ever seen? For one thing, there were only about 8-10 sisters back there. They were all perfectly fine praying without lunch tables in front of them. The men were far enough in front it's not like they were going to be watching us bend over... except perhaps when they walked in the door. But was there any kind of obstacle to block the side view as the brothers entered from the back and joined the ranks up front? Nope!
Just the stupid lunch tables. Give me a break. You all know (or if you didn't before, now you do) that I hate the idea of partitions during salaah; I think they are pointless and ineffective except to isolate sisters from the jama'ah!! The one table even has a hole in it--and there was trash stuffed in it. The only thing that grinds my ax more than women who want a petition are men who put one there without being asked!! Trust me, he wasn't doing anyone any favors, and rather unfortunately has lost esteem in my eyes.
Ugh. I can't give this up, how incredibly retarded it was to move lunchtables in front of the sisters to block them from the brothers. What, the brothers on the other side of the court were looking up our jilbabs? Oh no, we might actually be able to see the speaker giving the khaatera after the salaat?
I was tempted--sorely tempted--to move the tables right back once he was done. But I didn't. I waited until after the prayer, and after the khaatera. I moved three of the four before another brother decided to help and he moved the 4th one. InshaaAllah I'm gonna pray isha and I might not be so patient if someone decides to get clever.
And yes, oh yes, I saw those brothers who gave that stupid table array that wary look, but yet who did nothing about it. It just strikes me as extremely problematic that anyone in this community would consider such a partition to be necessary (or even desirable!) that they would go through such lengths to create one. How embarrassing then that he did... and that I took pictures! Am I so terrible? Apparently.
Just because some people don't know that there is no valid Islamic necessity for that partition doesn't mean they should be able to force it on the rest of us. And if you think I'm hot now? I'm just getting warmed up... this is an issue that I seriously think Muslims need to tackle, brothers and sisters--who are both contributing to the problem to the exclusion and isolation of the sisters.
Read another good post about silly partitions here.