An unexpected sight in the mosque bathroom

An unexpected sight in the mosque bathroom March 7, 2009

When I turned around after making wudu yesterday at the local mosque before juma, I almost fainted at the sight of something that seemed utterly alien. There was a laminated timetable hanging on the back of the door for meticulously tracking and documenting daily maintenance (with a bunch of categories like cleaning, supply re-stocking, mopping, …).

Such charts are pretty routine in the heavily trafficked facilities of fast food restaurants and government buildings, of course, but I don't think I've seen one in any house of worship before–not that I often find myself tending to calls of nature in churches, synagogues and the like–much less a mosque.

I don't know how many times over the years I've groaned upon discovering the paper towels to be out after really splashing it up at a mosque. Murphy's Law being what it is, whenever that happens the musalla seems to be in a deep freeze. (At the same time, I sympathize with mosque staff, who are almost always volunteers. It must be an expensive and nigh impossible mission to keep supplies stocked during juma with an army of people suddenly converging and abluting hurriedly before the service.)

Anyway, I was almost relieved that the chart hadn't been filled in at all. If a day comes when I see that sucker filled out hour by hour with categories dutifully checked off, I'm not sure if I'll be impressed or terrified.

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