P.S : I just want to highlight some existing evils in our society. These words may be too harsh for some. I recommend sensitive people from not reading the following post.
There are some characteristics unique to Indian muslims. Many muslims in India have neither religious nor scientific education, though most people can read arabic without understanding a word and many others can program for IT firms having the lest idea what they are doing. Simply put, they are uneducated literates.
Adults Only !
Some mosques in India, segregate kids in the jamaat. Kids below certain age are not allowed to stand in line with others. And the age limit enforced can be as high as 12 or 13 years of age. Adults supposedly can not concentrate in prayer when there are kids around. As if 12 year olds can not stand quietly and pray. If a kid next to you can disturb your concentration, then you need to retrieve to a cave to meditate. These Ã¢â‚¬Å“eldersÃ¢â‚¬? often know less quran than these kids (as people grow they keep forgetting what they learnt) and most of the times they have much lesser concentration as they worry about their wives, their jobs and their money during prayer. The principle that Ã¢â‚¬Å“children are a gift from GodÃ¢â‚¬? is strong enough for mullahs to discourage family planning but not enough to treat them as equals.
In such mosques sometimes they allow kids to pray along with elders if they are accompanied by some guardian. I guess soon, mosques would have areas alloted as UG, PG , A etc…
Ring ring !
At the entrance of every mosque, there is a notice which reads Ã¢â‚¬Å“Please switch off your cellphones.Ã¢â‚¬? But to forget doing so is human, especially when you are entering the mosque mechanically. So it is not uncommon to hear cells ring once in a while. But in India, things are always unique. Some crazy muslims in my country think it is forbidden to do Ã¢â‚¬Å“unnecessaryÃ¢â‚¬? movements during salah like taking your noisy cell out of your pocket and switching it off. I suppose for them, a ringing cell is a disturbance but switching it off is a sign that you have been disturbed. They care least about others who are continuing to get disturbed. Once I cut my salah, walked across the mosque picked up the cell and switched it off. With mp3 ring tones I wont be surprised to hear the latest item number song when I am reading suratul fatihah. Craziness!
Dont touch it !
No… dont touch it. You are not clean. Muslims in India would not touch the quran unless they are clean. They would not read the quran in a lying down position. They would not keep the quran at a lower rack. It has to be kept at the highest point irrespective of whether it is reachable or not. They would not even stretch their legs towards it. They would follow so many rules when they wish to discard them. Worst still, many riots are instigated when pages of the quran are burnt. They would do everything possible, save reading and contemplating.
I am not saying this is specific only to India. But you would find more of these people in this continent. Would be coming with other stuffs soon.