I don’t know where to begin with this one. When it happened, I couldn’t stop laughing – in the sense of, “Damn, that was the stupidest thing a Muslim ever did at the Masjid.” Last Friday, I went to the Masjid for my usual Friday Jum’a prayer, but the shift I went to was not my usual third shift. My friend got out of school early and was dropping an item he had borrowed from me, so I just decided to go with him to the second shift instead of waiting for the third. Plus, I did need a ride to the Masjid, after all.
We get to the Masjid around 12:30ish and decide to park on a spot we found on a curve in front of the Masjid. At this point, there are no cars behind us and we are all set to park on our spot. So my friend starts to reverse slowly, as he has no reason to reverse faster, but BOOM! Our fellow Muslim comes from nowhere and fits himself nicely into our spot. Mind you, I’m realistic and I know this happens all the time – at the mall, school, hospital, and movie theaters, but I did not expect it to happen in front of the house of Allah. I just think there ought to be a higher code of conduct when we are at the Masjid. But obviously there are people who like to do otherwise.
We were so speechless that the only thing we could do was just laugh and shake our heads. As it turns out, this brother apparently saw us about to park from a distance and sped up like the Talladega race and pulled in to our spot – nearly causing a crash. If I was driving that car, I’m almost certain we would’ve gotten into an accident because I was not expecting anyone, much less someone taking our spot, to be behind us when we were reversing. Fortunately my friend’s good reflex and attention saved us.