Tonight, I was at the masjid praying Witr. In between the first two rakahs this sister came up to me and said that she had something to tell me. I asked her to give me a second so I could finish the last rakah but she insisted she needed to tell me at that moment. You know what she had to say? She wanted to let me know that my toes were not curled properly while sitting in Jalsa! (My toes are flattened to the floor while sitting in jalsa opposed to having them curled with my foot pointing upwards- does that make sense?) According to the sister I had to be leaned to right side or have my toes curled. I told her that I found it rather painful to position my feet in the way she was describing. In broken English she asked if I was “sick” and therefore unable to do it. I just nodded yes to get her to go away so I could finish praying.
I cannot believe someone actually approached me about my toes! Seriously! How nit-picky is that?
I’m not sure what the ruling is on the position of the feet while sitting in Jalsa but I do know that there is more than one way to do it. (And also if a position is causing you pain during salah you have a right to adjust it to your comfort level so you can focus on the main goal- worshipping Allah, s.w.t.) I also find it rather absurd that someone would interrupt another person’s prayer to tell them about the positioning of their toes!!! She didn’t even ask me my name, if I was new Muslim, or anything. Just a drive-by correction with no daleel to support her claim.
May Allah grant me patience. Ameen!