To give you an idea, this is the prayer times today (November 20th, 2012):
The conflict that might arise while studying here is that classes clash with prayer times.
I try my best to arrange my class schedule so that the conflict doesn't happen but sometimes I can't avoid it, especially when the timings have changed so much that the prayers are close together. Unlike Malaysia, the fluctuation in prayer timings is pretty huge here and I think it's because Canada has four seasons.
This semester, every Monday I have a 3-hour Psychology lecture from 2-5pm. Asr time is at 2:30pm and Maghrib is before 5pm. Usually the lecture ends early or I would leave the class early, and I would pray Asr in the prayer room.
On Monday yesterday, the lecture didn't end early nor could I leave early because there was a test during the last hour of the class. So, I had to find a suitable place to pray somewhere in the building, the North Building as it was called.
That building doesn't have a designated prayer room. Plus, the building is small. So small that I find it difficult to find a small space to pray.
But pray, I must.
Before the class started, I took a few minutes to scout around my class to find space. I scouted the place before but couldn't find any space. But yesterday, by chance I found a staircase under which there is space for me to pray in.
Halfway along my class, I walked out to pray under the stairs. Then I walked back in, continued the class, and sat for the test.
Alhamdulillah! I was happy.
|Where I prayed Asr.|
I never thought that I would be happy to find a space to pray in.
Being raised in Malaysia, I don't have to worry about prayer space. Wherever you go, you will find a Masjid or a prayer room. There is even a prayer room in the mall.
Now, when it's not that easy to find a prayer space, I appreciate the privilege I have back home.
How easily we take things for granted.
But in any case, to pray is my responsibility. Although finding a space to pray may be difficult but it's never impossible. The Earth has been made as a prayer mat for us. There are no excuses. Wherever I may be, I have appointments with my Lord 5 times a day.
And I intend to keep them.