|Facing the jamaah from the front at MECCA|
Overall it was a great evening of tarawih, but I would have enjoyed it all more except one reason... the man praying next to me. We started prayers and went through the opening of Surah al-Fatiha when all of a sudden the congregation says ameen the man next to me busts out his cell phone. I personally try my best to only focus my vision in one spot during prayer, but what happens in my peripheral vision- well, that's another story. In every rakah he would take out his phone and fidget with it scrolling up and down with his thumb. My initial reaction to this was is this guy really texting during his prayers?! I couldn't believe what my peripheral vision was seeing! Eventually there was a short 10 minute break after 4 rakahs and my intrusive self asked him what the heck he was doing. He smiled and looked at his phone again. At this point I thought he completely blew off my question, but then a few seconds later he shows me the screen and says he's following what the Imam is reciting on his Quran app.
My mind had a bit of relief, but I usually have delayed cognitive responses- why is he reading what the imam is reciting on his phone? That's not..... it doesn't........ it's not.... well that's a whole other issue in itself!