Saturday, November 15, 2008

Turn off your cell phone, akh....

No, there will be no obligatory Obama post. "Change"? This is hype I don't believe in, and this time next year there will be a lot of broken hearts abound. Call me a skeptic(I prefer realist), but I've been around long enough to know what politicians are, and what they aren't capable of.
Now that we're all sobered up, let discuss a real issue, and a constant irritant in our lives : Cell phones in the Masjid.
Putting aside the fact that I loathe these infernal electronic leashes, this is an issue of akhlaq and adab. I understand that some people need to be available. Some employees need to be on call. Or people have children, and like to be available in case one of them becomes sick and needs to be picked up from school. But these situations are different. During Tarawih salah I remember guys checking their cell phones after every 2 rakats. "Did the President call back?" I sarcastically asked one brother. Nobody called, nobody left a message, nobody cares how flat and shiny it is, nobody cares that you can surf the net, text message, take pictures, or wipe your behind with it. Rarely does a Jummah go by where a stupid ringtone can't be heard during the Khutbah. Turn off that damn thing, or at least put in on silent or vibrate.
Don't even get me started on children running about while their parents(generally Arabs) remain oblivious to their behavior. The Masjid isn't a day care center or a wired coffee shop, so clean up your act. On a brighter note, I did see an upset brother get his car towed for parking in the red lane yesterday.