I met a guy that goes after smelly toilets. Kind of. Let me explain this remarkable thing.
On the ground floor of the school, there’s the toilet section, with about over 25 cubicles on one row, left and right. Most are squat toilets, which I’ve come to learn and discover, is actually better than sitting ones.
In each toilet there’s a pipe of about one metre long and a bucket. Sometimes there’s a little unpleasant present left behind by some other occupants.
As always, people sometimes walk along and choose which cubicle they’d prefer. It is common and natural for cubicles that are unflushed to be avoided.
Except by this guy.
He was about to go into one and I said, that don’t smell good. He replies, ‘exactly. That’s why I’m going for it. I need to speak with you later.’
‘You and I both know that it’s not uncommon to walk into those toilets and see some submarines. You know what I’m talking about right? (Yea. Roll cakes before bake.). Smart.’
‘Here’s the thing. If we wait for the cleaner to do something as simple as flushing the toilet, until that time comes, it’s possible people would curse the person who forgot to flush the toilet.’
(You mean irresponsible person?)
‘We don’t know that, so let’s not say. We can’t say that for certain, so let’s maintain a good opinion (husn al-dhon) because otherwise all of us in this world would be in the gutters if we adopt bad assumptions.’
‘Anyway, if I care for my fellow brother and I don’t want him to be cursed, irregardless of me knowing him or vice versa, why not do him a favour? Why not do the others who want to use it, a favour of a flushed toilet? What have I got to lose? Really. Seriously.’
‘We are caught up about this change the world thing, big ideas, big struggles, and it’s good. It motivates people and they should keep doing it. No need to criticize that.’
‘But it’s also about changing when you can and what you can, while you can. And if we need to help ourselves and others, to improve ourselves even in private.’
‘Remember, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), first went into seclusion. Then spread the message in private, before going out and about in public. The references are all there man.’
‘In any case, wouldn’t it be sad if we lived in an environment where we don’t have opportunities, or have limited opportunities to do good. If I could, I’d thank those forgetful flushers. They’re helping me.’
There’s another thing I’ve to share connected to this, another time for that.
*Pic is of rose water being given out to attendees of a function here. It typically is seen for special events where recitation of the Prophet’s eulogy (Mawlidul Rasul) takes place. The fragrance is amazing.