Wednesday, November 21, 2012

No Excuses

Winter is coming. The day is getting shorter and the night is getting longer. That means that the prayer times are closer together.

To give you an idea, this is the prayer times today (November 20th, 2012):

Prayer times.

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.