It’s the 7th day of Ramadan.
So this might be a good time to remind ourselves (including me) on what’s best so that we all get to max out the benefits, InsyaAllah.
Going to the masjid does not grant you a God-given right to park your car haphazardly. Here’s a rough guide. If you’re going to be doing 8 rakaat instead of 20, please park outside the masjid compound. Yes, even if you’ve just bought a big, shiny Bentley. And one space only for each car, please. Also, don’t block somebody else’s car. Thank you.
2. 20 Rakaat At The Front
For those of us who are doing 20 rakaat, by all means, please occupy the front rows. For the rest of us who do only 8, please solat at the back. It makes crowd control a lot easier after the 8th rakaat.
3. Follow The Imam
This should be common sense, but you know how common that is. Let’s make this very clear – FOLLOW the Imam. Don’t recite or perform any solat movements before him. Do everything AFTER, not BEFORE him. If you do, you lose the benefit of juma’ah. In other words you should just stay home.
4. Turn Off Your Phone
The worst offenders are those who check on their messages after every 2 raka’at. Your Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter worlds won’t miss you that much. Put your phone on Airplane mode and Mute the sound. Or better still, just turn off the phone. You’ll survive, believe me. I’ve done it.
5. Sitting Positions – Tahiyat Awal, Akhir and Duduk Antara 2 Sujud
There’s a baffling number of variations of sitting positions at the masjids. It’s strange. In truth, there are only 2 sitting positions, as below. The sitting position for Tahiyat Awal (the first pic) is the same as for Duduk Antara 2 Sujud. The other position is Tahiyat Akhir. I recommend that we do just these 2 positions, as prescribed by our ustaz in school. Any other variations are just plain wrong.
6. Keep The Surahs Short and Sweet
8 or 20 Rakaats or Tarawih after Isha’ and then another 3 rakaats for Witr is quite a feat for many of us. It’s sometimes challenging just to keep track which rakaat you’re on. Prolonging the solat with long surahs and ayats makes it even more challenging. So here’s a message to tarawih imams the world over – please keep the solat short and sweet.