This is a one day chronological comparison study of some Muslims1 in Jordan vs. USA.
AM: Wake up
AM: Go to school
PM (noon): Eat light lunch (most probably a turkey sandwich)
PM (around 1pm): Got to the only Mosque in town. (Bigger cities have about 5 or 6 mosques. But they are far from each other so you choose to go the nearest one)
PM: Listen to a boring English Khutba about the basics in Islam. Don’t expect to learn anything new.
PM: Fifteen minutes mingling with the guys.
PM: Go back to school.
AM: Don’t wake up. You still have couple of hours, why the rush.
PM (noon): Wake up
PM: Go to your favorite Mosque
PM: Determine during the Khutba that you will not come to this Mosque again and decide to go to a different one next time. (We will skip the 101 reasons you think of during the khutba)
PM: Go back home as fast as you can
PM: You appreciate the smell of the Mansaf (the traditional Jordanian food)
PM: Your Mom tells you that the family has to wait Dad.
PM: While you wonder if you can wait any longer and what took your father all that time (the uncountable seconds in the 10-20 minutes) your father is home.
PM: Dig in through the Mansaf like it is your last meal
1 Expatriate students in the USA.