The common people expects the pious man to be sin free
We just finished the Iftar and went to the cafeteria and meet some friends. there was a guy i met before and we chatted about Melbourne. We start talking about clubs but i have never been in a clubs so i tried to fit in by listening.
The conversation starts to go into Ramadan because i bought a lot of snacks and desserts and said “i should not be doing this because i just broke fast” then he talked about Christianity where there is a similar practice of abstaining from something. So he said his family abstain from electricity for one month and also furniture too. So it got interesting because I have heard of Christians abstaining from something they could pick while Muslims abstain from desires like food and sex. Then we parted ways, i waited at the computer labs until 7pm for Isyak prayers.
When i came to the prayer room, I saw the same guy with my two friends and i was shocked. they said he just want to look around to see the prayer room so i gave the dates that we had to him to try. So he was looking at the quran and the masjid.
Then the Adzan (call to prayer), started and my friend told this guy to just follow at the back. I didn’t know whether he is joining us or will leave so i just did my Isyak which is an obligatory prayer which consist of 4 cycles of prostration. After Isyak i looked back and there he was smiling and finishing his prayers. i was afraid that he couldn’t take it as there will be terawih prayers which is an optional prayer and it consist of 2 cycles in 4 sets and a witir prayer which is 2 cycles and 1 cycle of prostration.
Luckily beside him there was a christian revert who was beside him. Then he asked the guy whether he is muslim and he said no but he just want to observe. then terawih prayers started. So I did the prayers and every time the prayers we finished, i would look back. he was smiling, then as more prayers went, he looks tired but kept on going until the final prayer.
I was amazed that he go through all the prayers and finished it. So after the prayers we sat down and have tea, coffee and water with the dates from the iftar and have a chat. I asked him why did not contue praying until the end with us and the what he said astounded me . He said “That would be rude if i leave”. A non muslim saying that when some muslims leave straight after isyak prayers. I asked him how do you feel after the prayers and he said he was hearing gibberish and his knees hurt. I said to him that the long prayers only happened in ramadan.
I found out that i and my friend were being ignorant muslims by not telling him what to do. for example, to be in line because a brother thought he was muslim and not praying with us, asked him to pray with the line. Another brother asked him to fold his arms when he was praying too and i felt bad and apologized to him. so we began to chat him him.
Then there is a discussion and the guy asked do Muslims believe in saints. i could not answer that question but the one that answered was a christian who reverted to Islam. He said no because Muslim can directly communicated with god but i think back some Muslims do think of some imams as said where we are not suppose to do that. so the brother talked about how early Christians do not believe in saints until a few hundred years where edicts changed that. He also talked about why Islam is good.
I as a Muslim learnt a lot that day and i have respect for that brother who reverted because he found Islam through struggles. So after the conversation the brother gave this guy a Quran translated to English. we then walked back to the dorm. i asked him what is his religion and he said he is an antagonist which believes in a higher order but not to a certain religion. He said he did go to temples and see Buddhism too.
I can’t believe i have experienced meeting an antagonist searching for the truth because you only see that in in youtube but you don’t get to see it for yourself. sometime i want to guide people into Islam but i feel i am not a good Muslim because some Muslims judge me so i tend to be neutral. i do pray for him for the best.