This is a story of surau a.k.a prayer room.
University's prayer room.
Whenever I hear brothers talking behind the 'veil' (tirai, tak jumpa suitable words. huhu) and I am about to pray I would say loudly, "brothers, is there anyone who wants to pray?"
Well, fair enough. It is a university area. We have lots of international students and most of them are from Pakistan, Eygpt, yadaa yadaa. so, thats explained why I speak English.
Back to the story. So, most of the time, I get a good response. yeay! got the chance to pray jamaah! hehe. *it is not that I don't want to pray jemaah with the girls, but I think it is more appropriate when there is a man. Imam dude. No harm asking right. If the man already pray, of course I will pray with the girls.*
However, the story didn't end there. There was one week when I entered the prayer room, there was already a man read out loud the prayer. So, I thought there was a jemaah. Then, I rushed to follow him but unfortunately I was a bit confused. with the rakaah. When it was Maghrib, it should be 3 rakaah, but he performed 4 and the he continue prayed and he read out loud. Thus, I choose to 'niat keluar Imam'. It went on the same thing for a week and I kept following him and then I 'niat keluar Imam' and I don't know why I keep doing it. *sigh*. Well, I don't who to asked or what to google.
Then one day, I came early to the prayer room *before the azan* and when I was about to pray, I asked, "brother, is there anyone who wants to pray?"
surprisingly, he replied, " I want to pray but I am a Syiah. I don't want to confuse you. I am sorry"
Great! mystery solved. :) New knowledge. Syiah prayed differently, read about them from right resources. It is a bit tricky.
here is a good link on Syiah apart from books written by Ustaz Nazmi Karim and his talk in Youtube.
Perbezaan Mazhab Menurut Perspektif Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jamaah
Clinical Science Institute a.k.a CSI's prayer room
Well, this is a different setting. Why I said so? because most of medical students are Malaysians and we love to be here in CSI (part of the hospital, kinda academic area)
So, today. yes, today! (nampak tak ke-eksited-an nak cerita. hehe) I was about to pray Maghrib. And I heard a group of man behind the 'veil' were talking in Malay. So, I assumed orang Melayu la tuh.
hence, I said out loud and confidently, "brothers, ada yang nak solat?" and they replied, "tak ada"
ok. then. Off to pray alone. But suddenly I heard someone read prayer outloud and I was like, he sounds not like Malaysian. Because I am tooo curious, I peek behind the 'veil'. seriously I did that. and I saw there was a man look like Pakistan or yang sama waktu dengannya was praying alone! How on earth he can understand Malay! Without thinking, I joined him. (he was at second rakaah) and Alhamdulillah another solat jemaah! I was sooo happy. Alhamdulillah Allah grant my wish!
Believe me, get the right intention, pray to Allah and indeed He will answer your prayer. He is the one who hold our hearts. That Imam's heart to understand Malay and be the Imam. Allah is The Greatest. Allahuakbar!
Lesson for today - Believe in Him, the Almighty. Unity.
May Allah bless!
28 Rabiul akhir 1436H