Minding manners(Manners in the masjid)

The mosque is the place of the worship of Allaah alone. It is the center of the activities of Muslims wherein they congregate at least five times a day. It forms one of the revered spots in Islam. When a Muslim approaches the mosque, he is required to adopt some manners and the following represent a summary of them.

The Mosque is for the worship of Allaah And the mosques are for Allaah(Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allaah." (Q72[Jinn]:18)

Refrain from it if your mouth smells of garlic, onion Allaahs Messenger (salalahu ajayhi wa sallam) 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) What to say while walking to the Masjid Allaahummajal fi qalbi nuuran, wa fee basaree nuuran, wa fee saml nuuran wa an yameeni nuuran wa an yasaaree nuuran wa fawqi nuuran wa tahti nuuran wa amaami nuuran wa khalfi nuuran wa adhdhimlee nuuran. Oh Allaah, place within my heart light, and upon my tongue. light, and within my ears light. and within my eyes light, and place behind me light and in front of me light and above me light and beneath me light. Oh Allaah, increase for me light.) (Muslim) Two rakats before you sit The Rasul (salalahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "When anyone of you enters the Masjid, then let him perform two Rakahs before he sits down."(Bukhari)

"Wear your adornments for the mosque Oh Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes), while praying and going round (the Tawaf of) the Kabah, and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not AI-Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance). (Q7[Araf]:31)

Go to the Mosque early: The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"Had people known what is being early (to the masjid for prayer), they would have raced to it". (Muslim)

Supplication upon entry and exit The Rasul (salalahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"When one of you enters the Masjid, let him say: Allaahumma-iftah-lee abwaaba Rahmatika. (Oh Allaah, open the gates of Your Mercy for me) And when he leaves. let him say: Allaahumma inni as'aluka min fadhlika. (Oh Allaah, I ask You from Your favour)." (Muslim)

Sitting after prayer is meritorious: The Rasul (salalahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"The angels send prayers upon one of you as long as he is in the seat (spot) that he prayed in; they say, Oh Allaah, have mercy on him; Oh Allaah, forgive him; Oh Allaah, accept his repentance. As long as he does not harm anyone while he is in it. and as long as he does not nullify his state of purity. " (Bukhari)

Walking to it is better The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"Whoever performs (Wudoo) 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 him his sins."(Muslim)

Walk with Calmness: The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"When you come to prayer, adhere to as-Sakeenah (calmness and quietness), Whatever [part of the prayer] you get, then pray it, and whatever you miss. Complete it." (Bukhari)

Enter with your right foot and exit with the left Anas bn Malik (RA) said:

"It is from the sunnah when, you enter the Masjid to begin with your right foot and when you leave [the Masjid] to begin with your left foot." (Haakim)


This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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