Three good friends (not the three musketeers) went for terawih prayers at the same mosque yesterday. At the end of it, all three were exhausted. One exclaimed: "I will go to a mosque which ends super-duper-faster tomorrow." Yet another said: "I will do just 8 rakaats and then leave."
It was indeed a tiring day yesterday - what with the hot weather. But, Alhamdulillah, at the end of it, a deliciously-fattening-cold-milkshake fixed the problem - and our moods resumed to normalcy.
But, in truth, it is in moments such as yesterday, that the "tastes" of ibadah becomes ever so sweet. As we approach the second-half of this blessed month, we see lesser congregations at the mosques as most people are beginning to feel the 'strain' and 'exhaustion' from the fasting, the weather, the illness etc. Lesser people gather together in the mosques for congregation. Yet, the number of people who gather at night bazaars along Geylang is ever-increasing even cabs refused to pass by. This scenario repeats itself every year.
We are so not logical.
Theologically, there are more reasons to increase our service to The Almighty at home or at the mosques in this second half of Ramadhan.
Indeed, only those with Faith holds patience. Only the 'special ones' persevere. Only those who persevere will be rewarded with Laylatul Qadr.
Only those who search, will find.
It will be easier to give up. But, it takes a real special person to hold on.
What we do, defines us. The rest of our talk, is completely unnecessary.