Connecting People?

It was zuher time when I had lunch in a restaurant in Bukittinggi. We were planning to go back to Padang after eating, so I decided to pray at the restaurant mushola. I went up, made ablution, got inside the clean and small mushola — so small, I think only 3 people can pray at a time –, and pray. In the third unit (3rd rakaah) of prayer, there comes a screaming baby from a bag 😯 . The room is so small, and the screaming baby surely distracted me from my prayer 😳 . Cellphone…

Seriously, I don’t get it. With the super low cost of cell-phone usage, people are getting ridiculous. People are non-stop texting, talking while texting, driving while talking on phone, riding motorbike while texting! Astaghfirullah, what is this?! They don’t even think prayer is important? Is there any text or call from a person worth to distract our prayers? Not only it is very annoying for people who watch but the life-threatening activities?! What is it so important that is worth to risk your life??

There is a girl. When she woke up in the morning, she checked the missed calls and text messages. After shower, checking back. While having breakfast, replying the texts. On the way to school, nonstop texting. While studying in class, stealing time to text. After school, talking nonstop to friends. On the way home, texting. At home, having conference  or texting. The girl’s life evolves around her cellphone. This girl can be everyone.

I am too can never leave my house without my cellphone (and my wallet). But seriously, we need some time for ourselves, right?

I am too aware of the motto, cellphone is connecting people. But really.. do we have to be connected THAT MUCH?! Do you use your cellphone, or your cellphone uses you? Think about it :mrgreen: Be wise, people…

  1. #1 by Halima Derrar on January 27, 2011 - 2:30 am

    What really drives me crazy is people texting and reading their messages in the musalla and especially during the juma’a khutbah- why are they even there?! I don’t understand the mentality. And people think these phones connect them to others and bring them closer together, but so often they do exactly the opposite- like when a teenager texts instead of interacting with their family, even at the dinner table. Or when you meet someone for coffee and they spend most of their time answering their phone and talking to other people instead of you, the friend who is right in front of them!

    • #2 by rialive on January 27, 2011 - 6:56 am

      Exactly, what is the different between texting and talking?
      The idea of not talking at all at khutbah is the concentration, right? LOL
      Ah that is very annoying, if my friend asked me to invest my time in our friendship for coffee, and she keeps on answering the phone, i’ll leave the table LOL

  2. #3 by rialive on January 25, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    @ Fathya : wa alaikum salam. yes, cellphone is like facebook for some people 😀 thankyou for subscribing, come again 😀

    @ Nadia : wa alaikum salam, sister 🙂 i am not against high tech gadget, but you know, people needs to be wiser on using them 😀 ah,i’m not sure u’ll find old fashioned phone these days LOL but who knows :wink:greetings back from Indonesia to Nokia land 😀

  3. #4 by Nadia on January 25, 2011 - 5:16 pm

    Salam aleikum sister
    and greetings from Nokia land 🙂 (that’s how people call Finland sometimes). Seriously speaking, I truly agree with your post. I’m one of those who keep using old-fashioned phone with only a minimum selection of services and hoping to have same kind of phone when this one breaks one day, insha Allah. Cell phone is surely a status symbol but what it tells about our society is that we are supposed to be reachable all the time. Pretty exhausting, huh? May Allah give us more wisdom to be more clever than that.

  4. #5 by fathya on January 25, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    I just found your blog and I love it.
    Cellphone gave people status, and sometimes life.
    Just like facebook 😀

    I will subscribe, xo

  5. #6 by Bluepearl on January 25, 2011 - 12:26 pm

    I guess it talks somewhat to my post on “The winter of our disconnect” – I guess we need to strike a balance so that we can make the best of everything instead of select things.

    • #7 by rialive on January 25, 2011 - 1:07 pm

      people needs to be wiser on using their gadgets, sis Bluepearl..
      Come one, cellphone ringing in mushalla???

  6. #8 by monica on January 25, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Nice post, nice picture!

    • #9 by rialive on January 25, 2011 - 1:08 pm

      thank you, come again 😀

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