Friday, February 6, 2009

Convert Tales: How NOT to Pray

Aalia: People tried to teach me alot of bidas (actions the Prophet saw never did) like puting my arms in the wrong spots, and making dua in congregation at the Masjid, and even tried to fool me with sufi spinning. Uh.... Yeah, I don't think so. I'm no fool. It didn't feel right, and it wasn't.

Pixie: I didn't know how to pray or that Muslims prayed different so I just prayed Catholic-style, hands folded and kneeling at the foot of my bed, reciting all the translation of the Qu'ran that I had memorised. I guess that's not so bad.... but it sure looked funny to any Muslims who saw me.

Fatimah: Yeah, I NEVER stepped outdoors in hijab, but I thought I had to wear niqab when I prayed. I also always wore gloves when I read the Qu'ran. No, I didn't have my period. Weird, I know.

Ange: I got told so many different things. One person was shia so they taught me one way, so when I prayed in the masjid for the first time I was doing things completely different to the other girls. I corrected it. Then for ages when I was praying I wouldn't do sujood in my first rakat, but did it in my second. My friend Ayesha finally pulled me aside... stopped me mid-prayer and told me "forget everything you know because you are too confused.. Let's pretend you have never prayed before and let's start again." She taught me right from the beginning and walked me through the whole thing from the start.

Uh, I didn't know that one had to wear hijab for prayer [after reaching maturity, i.e menstration] so I used to pray... naked.

Pindsay: I used to rap surah Al-fatiha and I used to say "listerine" instead of "siratal al mustiquim"

Pixie: When Aalia and Asma finally DID teach me how to pray when learning to make wudu I didn't merely wipe my hair over with water. I DROWNED myself.

S: I am not a convert so my parents taught me how to pray. I would always forget to come up from sajood (kneeling) and would be so mad at everybody for not telling me.

Ange: A funny thing for me was my first prayer mat had the prayer actually written on it. So to learn the words (to Al Fatiha) I would have to keep moving around on my prayer mat to see the next sentence. I would be half way through sujood and half to scoot back to read what I was meant to recite. That's how I learnt to say my prayers... by playing twister on my prayer rug.

Pixie: When I heard it was good to recite a surah after reading al fatiha in the first two rakat I started memorising Surah Al Bakara... It took FOREVER!!!!!!!!!! I was like, I AM NEVER GOING TO LEARN THIS OR DO THIS. These people are nuts!



Blogger Megan said...

I was all turned around and praying towards the south at school. For nearly three months! A non-muslim man pointed out my mistake and I was so embarassed. When I first started I kept forgetting to put on a scarf for fajr, and having to repeat the prayer. Love your new blog ladies!

February 15, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

As salaam alaykom, good but tired and working too much:D Wasting the rest of my time blogging.

February 16, 2009 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

Assalamualaykum sister,
hahaha masha'Allah it sure is amazing and heartwarming to hear different stories from different sisters :) Thanks for posting it up!


March 2, 2009 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

Oh wait.. it's a group blog eh? AWWW OKAYOKAY, loving your new blog sisters! :)


March 2, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... subhanallah..we need better dawa work. seriously were are all our learned women. I'm not a convert but my family has shia sunni and sufi so like it depends were im visiting as to what i'm being taught..its kinda funni actually.

March 4, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Sakeenah said...

lol i thought 1 rakat was 4 rakat so even fajr was 30min ordeal!

March 15, 2009 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Saloua said...

I used to pray witr as 2 rakas and shifr as 1.
Then i was told you are meant to pray witr as one complete as in 3 rakas. they told me it must be an odd number of rakas. and i am still confused :S


March 22, 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger NiDa said...

lol @ listerine that is soo cute. I did the same thing since my first language was not Arabic. My first prayer experiences even as a born Muslim are similar, and the more time you spend in a mixed congregation the more confused I got since pople form different parts of the world did some different things (ie. raising their hands before going on ruku and once you are back up you raise them again before going down to sujood)some do it others don't, and when you are only starting to practice, you get very confusd!
thanks for the sweet post sisters :)

March 26, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

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