In the Women’s Section of the Mosque during Taraweeh Prayers …
… some come early so that they can reserve an entire row for their friends who are, most of the time, late for prayers. And they won’t let others occupy that space even though the Imam has started leading the prayers.
… some bring toddlers so hyper that they run about non-stop for the entire duration of the Taraweeh. And when everyone is standing for the prayers, these kids play hide and seek amidst the rows.
… some bring infants with them who wail so loud (and non-stop) that the Imam – who is already using the microphone – feels the need to raise his voice when making dua.
… some (the older women) will start getting annoyed with all the hyperactivity and noise made by the children and shout at the mothers to bring the kids home.
… some take advantage of the brief break between prayers to gossip about their in-laws, colleagues and neighbors.
… some arrive while everyone else is already standing up in salat, walk right in front of you, and even pause there for a minute or two while apparently selecting a spot for themselves.
… some use your shoulder as a support to get up.
… and then there are some who just go to pray quietly, return home, and then blog.
I do not know how it’s like in the men’s section, but frankly for me, it requires a tremendous amount of patience and concentration to get through each Taraweeh prayer because of all the commotions taking place in our section.
How’s your Taraweeh prayers coming along?