"Mak Teh, Aliya want to go back laa.." I whispered to Mak Teh, a kind old lady with whom I spent a few days of Raya holidays last year.
It was almost 7pm, and we were still at a relative's house. I was getting uneasy. We had left Mak Teh's house before noon and had gone from one house to another, visiting her relatives. I had yet to perform zohor and asar prayers, and neither had the rest of the family members. Yet to my own surprise and discomfort, nobody seemed to be concerned.
"Wait for a while," said Mak Teh and she whispered to her daughter who was helping herself to the laksa.
I kept looking at the clock. The laksa and cookies on the mat didn't look appetising at all.
It was going to be maghrib soon. Ya Allah, please forgive me for my sins.
"Mak Teh, may I go home first? I can walk. It's going to be maghrib soon," I approached Mak Teh again.
Mak Teh looked around, frowning. We were actually depending on her sons to drive us. They were still at the hall, chatting and laughing with the rest of the clan.
"Aliya, you wanna solat? Come, you can do it in the bedroom," suddenly Kak Pah motioned to me to follow he to the nearest bedroom.
I followed her gladly.
"Pardon the mess here. You can use the kain telekong on the bed. The kiblat is this way," explained Kak Pah, whose house we were visiting.
"Thanks Kak Pah," I replied. "May I use the attached bathroom?"
"Sure, please do."
I was relieved. Without wasting any more time, I performed the asar dan zohor solat. By the time I completed, the azan for maghrib was heard, so I continued with maghrib prayers alone in the bedroom.
I returned to the dining hall after solat ten minutes later to the normal chatter and food spread.
It was about 7.40pm when we left Kak Pah's house.
Mak Teh was grumbling.
"Next time take us home first when I ask you to. I want to perform solat on time, not to wait till you are tired and full with food before you want to return home," she said loudly in the crowded van.
Her children dared not answer.
I was so uncomfortable that I returned to my own home the next day.