My wife and I spent most the the afternoon and evening at the mosque yesterday. I won’t name the mosque, but let’s just say that it’s the largest one north of New York. We spent our time visiting friends, people watching, praying, reflecting and making a few phone calls (no, not to the FBI).
The whole feel of the community has changed drastically over the past couple of years. It billed itself as the “moderate” choice of muslims in the Greater Boston area. The feel now is of tension and pressure. People afraid to speak to loudly, or to someone they don’t know for fear, not so much of the federal government, but of the governing administration here at the mosque.
Case in point, after the evening prayer (Isha), a lady took her Shahadah (public acceptance and affirmation of Islam). Alhamdulillah(All praise to God). From the beginning the “brother” (who I had never seen before), kept motioning for her to kneel, or stay kneeling during the process (most stand, or are seated), kneeling for a long period of time is difficult for some new muslims,” But as for him who has faith and acts rightly, he will receive the best of rewards, and We will issue a command, making things easy for him. (Surat al-Kahf: 88)”
The new Shahadat has probably yet to learn how to pray in Islam, Allah tells us how in the Quran as well. Hopefully by the emotionless Shahada I witness. I pray to God/Allah that this new Sister doesn’t bolt from Islam like many new converts do because of something a muslim did, or didn’t do to make it easy for her.
Forgive me O Lord if I misread this situation, for my sins are those of an imperfect man. Amin