SHORT TAKES: New Year, Same ‘ol Peeps at the Masjid

By M.Zulkifli

We’ve seen it all before, especially for regular gym-goers. January comes, and suddenly there is an influx of “new year resolution” gym members. They walk in wide-eyed, decked in shiny new gear, all pumped-up to work on a new body which will lead to a better-quality life, hopefully.

We should naturally expect the same kind of energy when it comes to masjid attendance for fardhu prayers, but… Two weeks into 2023, and it’s mostly the same faces forming the 1-1.5 lines at most masjids when the call to prayer gloriously fills the air.

Strict SOPs are long gone. And we’ve all been given a HUGE reminder and wake-up call by the Almighty Himself through a prolonged pandemic that saw many losing possessions, property and even friends and family. And yet…

But this is really an appreciation post for the Imams, Bilals, AJKs and everyone involved in managing my own local masjid in Bukit Jalil, Masjid Talhah bin Ubaidillah.

Just this past year, they’ve worked so hard in organising kuliahs, tazkirahs, haflahs, various free courses, Quran classes and other special events featuring celebrity ustazs and ustazahas, to simply get more people to attend and liven up the days and nights at the masjid.

In addition, all the facilities are always kept clean and tidy, parking is easy and aplenty, and there’s even a nice and spacious reading corner with plenty of books to choose from.

Not only that, but they’ve also worked hard to serve and help people from the surrounding areas through programs like Dapur ‘Itam and Mosque Care, hoping to forge closer ties with everyone, and creating a larger, tight-knit community of masjid-goers. Alas…

On the bright side, there’s always Friday prayers, and yes, Ramadan is just two plus months away, where the safs are often considerably more than the rest of the year.  

May Allah ease our affairs. Amin.

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said,

“Whoever goes to the mosque in the morning and evening, Allah will prepare for him a place in Paradise for every morning and evening.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 631, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 669

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