There’s a delightful couplet in Urdu that goes something like this:
Jahan gaaye the khushiyon ke taraane,Muqaddar dekhiye, roye waheen par.Masjid se ghum hue joote hamare,Jahan paaye the, khoye waheen par.
Where I had once sung songs of joy,See my fate: I now weep there.At the mosque were my shoes taken;Lost, where they were once found.
That, of course, gives you a fair idea of the very first rule of visiting a mosque: take off your shoes before you venture in. Unfortunately, it also tells you what may happen if you’re unlucky, or if your shoes catch the fancy of an unscrupulous passerby.
The solution, interestingly, is one tha...Read More