I usually wake up late when I don’t have classes, like Fridays. So I always prefer to go to the last khutbah since there are three of them, so I decided to go to the first one today after I came back from the dentist, which was for my sis. I get there and I sit next to this African-American brother who is sitting against the wall. So within five minutes, this brother starts snorting so hard that he startles me and the brother sitting next to me. At this point, I’m faced with a decision that I never like to make – wake someone up. I don’t like being waken up, neither do I like to wake people up, but I didn’t want to let him sleep either because one, his wudhu would nullify, and two, his snorting was just too much. Besides, the khutbah is only 30 minute long.
If you were in my situation, would you have woken him up?
And then came the most annoying of all – the cellphone guy. Every Friday, whether it’s the first, second, or third Jum’ah, there’s always one brother who comes in to the Masjid with his cellphone on (I can’t speak for the sisters since we’re too far apart to hear their cellphones, but they sure do talk a lot; no disrespect, but sisters talk a lot, especially during in between Taraweeh prayers) and it’s not that he forgets to turn it off before coming to the Masjid, but the fact that the cell ringing three different times within span of 5 minutes? That isn’t being forgetful, but just plain disrespectful to the house of Allah, and its visitors. They don’t even have to turn their cellphone off, they just have to put it on vibration mode – mine is on vibration mode 24/7 and I don’t miss a damn call.
Actually, I have this uncle who refuses to put his cell on vibration because he thinks he can leave his cell in his car, but forgets to do that most of the time and gets calls during the khutbah or the prayer. I get so angry sometimes when he does this that I yell at him, but he never changes. How does one deal with these kinds of people? You can’t kick them out of the Masjid yet you can’t get them to use vibration – Oh Allah, help us!