So I was out visiting sites in NW Indiana yesterday and my last stop was at Beacon Health Memorial in South Bend at 2:30 pm. As I was pulling in the parking garage, I was calculating in my head what time will I get home and will I be able to make my prayers in time. The thought of "ok, after this visit I will stop at a gas station and pray Duhur (early afternoon) and Asr (late afternoon) in the car before I head home" was my conclusion as I get out of the car and start walking towards the hospital. I've never been to this site before and so (naturally for those who know me) I was completely disoriented and did not know where to go (that's why I usually get to places 15 minutes early). As I wandered the hallways of the hospital, this sign caught my attention.
Not only is it called a chapel, they put the word masjid (mosque) on there!! I was so excited that after I finished my appointment, I went and prayed at the chapel and completely missed the fact that the word masjid was actually directing me to an actual place that they have designated as a masjid.
I share this in light of what was on the radio all day of the state of political bewilderment that we seem to find ourselves in. I was lost, settled for the fact that I will pray uncomfortably in the car and out of my disorientation came a strong signal of relief (one that I did not take advantage of fully for in my haste I missed an even better, i.e. Carpeted and Islamically equipped, place to pray).
"ان مع العسر يسرا"
"verily with every hardship there is ease" Quran 94:6
"ومن يتق الله يجعل له مخرجا"
"and whoever is conscientious of God, God will make a way out" Quran 65:2
Might be too simplistic but worth reflecting.
If you know someone that works there please extend my gratitude. I will certainly do so with their administration.
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