Today I was out when the Maghrib Athan played so I decided to go to my favorite mosque (it has such a nice ladies prayer area, completely separate from the general area, it also has a car park) to pray.
When I entered I saw that there were already two sisters inside getting ready to pray. I caught eye contact with the elder looking one so I smiled and was about to give salam when I noticed that she looked at me with a ice cold indifference, she then turned away sharply. It was like I was the annoying neighbor who had apparently made her angry. I let it go and thought, whatever.
The second sister (I’m guessing was the daughter) was in the wudu area and I smiled at her too and she just looked right through me, and away. I decided to first check if I had some anti-Muslim tag on my face which was upsetting everyone, that or if I had accidentally gone into invisible mode without knowing it, coz for some reason people didn’t seem to like me there.
After taking wudu when I went to the prayer area I found that those two ladies had decided to lay down their mats in the most inefficient way possible. They had completely dominated the prayer area and left a sliver of space which a third sister had come and squeezed into. The only way would be for me to walk in front of them and pray. I make a point never to distract someone who is praying, although I was kinda annoyed by the inconvenience they were causing everyone else. So I decided to wait till one of them finished.
But it was getting late and the male section had already started their jamath prayers so I decided to pray. Prophet Mohamed (SAW) prayed in any clean space he could find, so why not?! I took a mat and cleared a small section closer to the wudu area. I made sure it wasn’t facing the bathroom or anything, adjusted to the qiblah direction and prayed.
After praying I noticed that those two ladies had also finished. I realized that they had their noses up in the air (literally). I felt like I had walked into some mean girls slumber party! I don’t know if it was because of their long abayas, or because they drove around in a Benz. They kinda bummed me out. I love that mosque and I love praying there but they made me feel so isolated and unaccepted. I couldn’t help but think, why you gotta be so mean?!