ATTENDING THE MOSQUE

 The best of places

Of the sites on the face of the earth, the I mosque and its precinct rank as the best and most conducive of places to : be, Therein lies peace of mind and tranquillity. Your sins are forgiven as, you walk to it and the angels pray for i you therein until your purification is vitiated or until you go out of it. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: " Then , when he enters the masjid, he is in the state of prayer as long as it is the only thing keeping him from leaving. And the angels send prayers upon one of you as long as he is in the seat (or spot) that he prayed In; they say: "O Allaah, have mercy on him; 0Allaah, forgive him; O Allaah accept his repentance" ,as long :as he does not harm anyone (with I speech or deed) while he is in it, and as long as he does not nullify his state of purity (by passing wind and so on.)" (Bukhari)

When going to the Mosque

1. Wear good clothes: It forms part of your obligations to wear good and clean clothes when you intend going to the mosque for prayers. This is Allaahs prescription for His servants. He says: "O children of Aadam! Take your adornment (by wearing good and clean clothes),while praying and going round the Kabah in Tawaf." (AI- Araaf [7]: 31) The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Whoever performs ablution for prayer, performs it well, then walks to the prescribed prayer, and then prays it with the people, or with the congregation, or in the masjid - Allaah forgives for him his sins." (Muslim)

2. No onion or garlic. Abstain from the mosque after eating onions and garlic whether cooked or raw. This is in order to avoid inflicting harm upon those who came for the prayers as well as the angels who attend our salaah. Jaabir (RA) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Whoever eats garlic or onion, then let him withdraw from us," or he said: "then let him stay away from our masjid and let him sit in his home." (Bukhari)

He also said: "The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) forbade us from eating onions and leek, but we became overcome by needs, and we ate from them. Then he (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Whoever eats from this foul smelling tree, then let him not come near our masjid, for whatever man is harmed by, angels are harmed by as well." (Bukhari) So, clean up and suppress the smell of garlic and onions from yourself before coming to the mosque. Using toothpastes to suppress them may not be effective as the smell of onion and garlic originates from the stomach not from the mouth. And A1laah knows best.

They are the same. The ruling pertaining to onion, leek and garlic applies to anything that has a foul smell and that can cause harm to the congregation. Such includes cigarettes and very offensive body odours. So make efforts to purify yourself!

3. Wearing shoes and socks. Wearing shoes to the mosque and using it in the prayers is part of the sunnah. It is reported from various hadeeths that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) would pray in his shoes and he also thought us how to do so. Anas bin Malik (RA) was once asked: "Did the Prophet pray with his shoes on?" He (RA) answered: "Yes". (Bukhari)

Abu Saeed AI - Khudri (RA) narrated that: "While the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) was leading his companions in prayer, he took off his shoes and placed them to his left. When the people saw that, they look off their shoes, so when the Messenger of Allaah completed his prayer, he said: "What caused you to remove your shoes?" They said: "We saw you cast off your shoes, so we cast off our shoes." The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Verily, Jibreel came to me and informed me that there was filth on them (or he said: "Impurity on them)". Then he said: "when one of you comes to the masjid, then let him turn over his shoes and look at them. If he sees any impurity on them, then let him wipe them on the earth and then pray in them." (Ahmad) But todays mosques have expensive rugs and carpets! We wish to do this act in order to revive jt as a sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him), however many amongst the people who pray in our masjids have never seen or heard about it before, so they would frown at it, sometimes with voices raised high in anger and concern, At times it may lead them to reject and even deny the true practice of the Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him) in its entirety. So, ,what should we do in order to avoid this fitnah? Alhamdulillaah

It suffices to say that since forbidding evil takes precedence over enjoining what is good, it may be enough an excuse for us to leave this sunnah pending when it becomes better understood by the generality of the people through teaching and learning insha AIlaah. whenever any form of enjoining good will cause a greater evil, then it is not what Allaah has enjoined upon us and it is not what the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) has practised. [Do it without fear! Thus , whenever there is no fear ,of these troubles, you are encouraged to put this sunnah into effects. May Allaah forgive us and have mercy upon us.

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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