This happened last night in the Mosque (Masjid) I pray Taraweh in (in Qatar).
Note: The following is in terms of "the meaning of" not literally said or done.
Between the Taraweh prayers (11 in total), the Imam (Islamic cleric leading prayer) stops for a 10-15 minute lesson. Yesterday, the lesson was very different...
As we finished praying, the Imam went up to the Mic and said that we have a guy with us in the Masjid that is from a charity organization and that he wants to make a few announcements.
The guy went up to the Mic and made a few announcements of the achievements done with all the money collected over the past 3 years and so on.
After that the shock happened…
The man:" O brohters and sisters, I have an announcement to make… I am thinking of getting a music band here inside the Masjid and have a nice music concert by a well known group. It will be here near the Minbar (where the preacher stands on and says his lessons, which is also part of the praying area)! What do you think?"
He stopped talking, and gloomy silence took over the place…
Faces started frowning, necks were twisting and turning with surprise and shock, and eye brows were being raised to the sealing. And i was like: " What the &*#^$ is that man saying?!!!!".
He then continued: "… I am sure non of you will accept this (even over his\her dead body)!"
Then, he fired at us all he had:" That is exactly what is happening in our Masjids these days!
While we pray, mobile phones belonging to people praying with us keep ringing with all sorts of music of bands and singers!
I ask you for God's sake… Music!! while we pray?!! Is that how we respect God?! Is that how we respect our Masjid and our prayers?!
… We should be ashamed of ourselves! And we call ourselves practising Muslims!
What have we left for the non-practising muslims out there if we (the ones attending Taraweeh prayers in a Masjid) do not even respect our Masjid or God and let the music of whoever coy, provocative, sleazy singers go out load inside our Masjids, and to make it worse... DURING PRAYING!!!!
Do we not respect ourselves?! Do we not respect our Masjids?! Do we not respect Allah?!!
Can someone tell me the difference between the idea i suggested of getting a band here in the Masjid to play music (which shocked all of you), and the fact that some of us lets music (on his\her mobile) play in our Masjid and even worse, during prayer?!!!
How dare we come out from these Masjids and go after that and try to advise our Muslims brothers and sisters (who don't pray) that they have to put some effort into it and come pray in the Masjid with us if even we do not respect Masjids enough?!!!
We are not a worthy example to start with!
Before anyone of you goes out there to give advise about praying, you should practise what you preach and respect the house of Allah (Masjid)!".
By the end of his speech, we (the people praying in the Masjid, about 400) were paralysed and in a state of shock and shamefulness.
I remember it took me a few seconds to snap out of it and get up to continue the prayers with the rest of the group.
Bottom line is, the guy mopped us to the floor "verbally" (masa7 beena el balaat), but he was %100 right about all what he said!
Mood: mitkaeyf min el bo2een ely seme23tohom :)