WASTING TIME CHATTING AT THE REAR OF THE MOSQUE WHILE TAKBEERATUL IHRAM IS BEING RECITED
One of the mistakes people make in mosques is to stay at the back of the mosque chatting while the Imaam is reciting Takbeeratul lhraam. This is I deed an act of disrespect for the purpose of attending the mosque. When asked about those who do such a thing, Imaam Maalik said: I believe they should stop talking when the Imaam recites Takbeeratullhraam. It is worth mentiong here that talking with others on good subjects in the mosque is not forbidden In Islaam provided that this talk does not cause inconveniences for those who are in the mosque, nor distract those who talk from performing Salaah with the Imaam.
As for the hadeeth that states: Talking in the mosque, even in good things, consumes the has anaat [ones rewards for good deeds] as fire consumes fuel wood, it is forged It is proofed that the Sanaabah (Companions [RA]) used to talk in the presence of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in the mosque about things they used to do in the Jaahlfiyyah and laugh and he (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him ) used to smile. This indicates that taking and laughing about lawful things in the mosque is permissible Simaak lbn Harb said: I asked Jaabir Ibn Samurah (RA): you use to sit with the Prohet peace and blessings of Alaah be upon him) frequently? He answered in the affirmative and said: He (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to sit in his praying from dawn Salaah till the sun rises, then leaves. During his stay in the mosque, the Sahabah (RA) used to talking about things they used to do in their Jaahiliyyah and Iaugh and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him ) would smile. [Muslim]
However sitting In the mosque should preferably be dedicated to doing Salaah, reciting Quraan and remembrances, contemplation and teaching provided that no disturbance or inconvenience is caused to others Ibn Umar (RA) related this meaning from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to have said:
"Do not take the mosques as places for your counsels unless you want to perform Salaah or recite Dhikr in them. "[Tabaraanee]
Abu Saeed narrated a similar hadeeth; the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
"Each of you remembers Allaah [in his own way], so do not disturb one another, nor raise your voices when reciting Quraan (in another narration) when doing Salaah. "[Abu Dawud]
Ibn Masud also narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
"At the end of Time, there would be people who would sit in the mosques in groups talking about mundane things only; do not Join them for Allaah is in no need m them [i.e. they will never be rewarded for attending the mosque]."[lbn Hibbaan]
The aforementioned hadeeth states- the prohibition of sitting in the mosques in groups in order to discuss mundane things and the affairs of other people only The mosque should be purified from all things done in places such as cafes such as smoking which pollute the atmosphere of the mosque with bad smelIs. It should not also be turned into a museum or a gallery to be attended by those who enter it just for fun. It should also be purified from those Sufis who sing poems using their tambourines, dancing and causing inconvenience for those who are doing their Salaah. It should also be purified from those beggars who take mosques as places from which they earn their living.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited