Root Question of Raised Concern Regarding SMKTTDI Viral Story

“… I asked whether there was any other way other than sitting on the paved road because the students are wear the same clothes for prayer – fearing sat on a stool…” H.Metro

An unidentified guardian raised a concern on latecomer students sitting on paved road turned overnight sensation nationwide. Instead being offensive, debating on generation gap – lets justify the well meant guardian concern – students are wear the same clothes (after sitting at paved road) for prayer.

Finishing classes somewhere around the afternoon inclined Muslim students to perform prayers at school compound, possibly while wearing school attire. Is it okay to sit at dusty, gravel paved road and wear the same attire to prayer?

To perform a prayer, they have to be certain that themselves, their attire and place to pray must be clear from any najis or unclean agents or stains.  As narrated by ‘Aisyah Radhiallahu ‘anha, in hadith, Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said;

“So when the real menses begins give up your prayers and when it (the period) has finished wash the blood off your body (take a bath) and offer your prayers.”

it is clear that students need to make sure firsthand that they are clear from any najis before perform prayer. If their clothes are stained, removed the dirt and clean to the best they can – which obviously required something much less than sand-mix washes clean.

I’m unsure why there is only concern on students sitting on paved road could still wear same attire to pray when the same concern should be direct to students sitting on basketball court too. Basketball court – the sweats, the shoe prints and dirt. Both to me, are equally not squeakily clean.

Back to the main discussion, whether students are sitting at the paved road or basketball court, as long as the student looked before they sit, it is alright to be seated at both places. If the place is stained with najis, move away from it – nobody is forcing students to remain seated at dirty placed though.

Well, the school can proposed to use chairs for seating during assembly. But that put a lot of works to the students to arrange chairs before and after the assembly. Imagine how many chairs for full assembly? 500 pieces at least. But then again, how many chairs needed to be prepared beforehand for the latecomers?

This issue – just need a small patted at the bottom but it just spread like wildfire instead.
Think about it. Leave me a comment, tell me what do you think!

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34 Comments

  1. I’m not familiar to the tradition, but my opinion is kids shouldn’t allowed to sit near the road because its dirty and they might get disease due to road dusts and vehicle smokes.

    1. Hi Blair,

      Agreed to your opinion as they might prone to sick. FYI, it is a common sight here for latecomers students to sit at the back of the line, whether on hall floor, basketball courts or paved road.

    1. Hi Shamiera,

      I do think generation gaps one of a reason why it turns out like this.
      If these pampering continues, morality and etiquette of our future generation could be in danger.

  2. I believe the parents must have been there – sitting on the paved road. Now that the kids are doing the same thing, I wonder why the parents make a big fuss about it?

    1. Hi Cindyrina,

      True that educating is better than punishing – but in case where school rules are broken, they are suppose to face consequences.

  3. Adui… for what la let the kids sit at the roadside? Sit at the field also tak le marah sangat. But at those dirty and smoky roadside ler.. x(

  4. hmmm…i still think reasoning works better than punishment, it’s easily to be taken wrongly that punishment is for the authority to show their ranking (last time i used to think like that)

  5. I don’t think it is such a big deal being punished like this. What’s the fuss when we willingly sat on roads / pavement / court during recess?

  6. Not sure about what exactly this tradition indicates but I find kids sitting on the road risky. There could be accidents, safety hazards and hygiene issues too.

    1. Hi Shub,

      This isn’t tradition however it has became common practise since before that latecomer students will be seated at the back of the line, which in this case – at paved road.
      Agreed to your concern though.

  7. I think most surau/ masjid always have one/ two sarungs lying around in the establishment. So, if the school attire is dirty, they can always use the sarung.

    In the first place, why are they late to school?
    If all kind of punishments are to be critised, the parents might as well take their kids home and start home-schooling the kids. Better, safer and cleaner.

  8. Hmmm I’m not really familiar with this tradition but we see pave roads full of germs and dirt. And we never sit on it. I agree, it may cause disease and worst, accidents. Nevertheless, I still respect whatever tradition you have in your country.

    1. Hi Mhaan,

      Please allow me that this isn’t our tradition nor culture.
      But something that we are familiar with – common practise.

      With I agree with your concerns but something have happened this while though.

  9. I am not really familiar with the culture but kids are kids, talking and making them understand is better than this one. Sitting on the road is quite dangerous.

  10. really..not quite sure about the culture? tradition? practice? But on the road seems dangerous to me! i guess the school should have a hall or surau or rooms for students to do their prayers?

    1. Hi Sin Nee,

      It is not a culture, tradition or practise to sit on a road but it is common to sit back of the line for latecomer – whether on basketball court or assembly court or hall. The road may be a drive way road for cars but rest assure that no moving cars then.

  11. I think it isn’t a big deal for students to sit on pave roads. I did that, even our parents? Im sure they deserve the punishments of being late to school.

  12. I am not entirely sure on the culture of this as I didn’t really go through the experience at school, but to be honest I am certain that there is a better way of serving punishments to the students if needed instead of this.

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