Masjid Etiquette

1. It is Sunnah for the Muslim, when he leaves his house and heads towards the mosque, to recite the du’aa for walking to the mosque

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas said: “… Then the muezzin gave the call to prayer, and he (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)) came out, saying, ‘Allaahumma aj’al fi qalbi nooran wa fi lisaani nooran waj’al fi sam’i nooran waj’al fi basari nooran waj’al min khalfi nooran wa min amaami nooran waj’al min fawqi nooran wa min tahti nooran, Allaahummah a’tini nooran (O Allaah, place with 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, O Allaah, bestow upon me light).” [Shahih Muslim 763]

2. When he enters the mosque, he should enter with his right foot first, and say the words that were narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

It was narrated that Abu Humayd or Abu Usayd said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you enters the mosque, let him say: Allaahumma iftah li abwaab rahmatika (O Allaah, open to me the gates of Your mercy), and when he leaves let him say, Allaahumma inni as’aluka min fadlika (O Allaah, I ask You of Your bounty).” [Shahih Muslim 713]

According to some reports, the words Bismillaah, Allaahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad (In the name of Allaah, O Allaah, send blessings upon Muhammad) are added at the beginning of each [Narrated by Al-Tirmidhi 314 | Ibn Maajah 771]

It was narrated that Haywah ibn Shurayh said: “I met ‘Uqbah ibn Muslim and said to him, ‘I heard that you narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas that when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) entered the mosque, he would say, “A’oodhu Billaah il-‘Azeem wa bi wajhihi’l-kareem wa sultaanihi’l-qadeem min al-shaytaan il-rajeem (O Allaah, I seek refuge in Your noble countenance and Your eternal authority from the accursed Shaytaan).”’ He said, ‘Is that all?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘And when he said that, the Shaytaan said, “He is protected from me for the whole day.”’” [Narrated by Abu Dawood 466]

3. When the Muslim enters the mosque, he should not sit down until he has prayed two rak’ahs to “greet the mosque”

It was narrated from Abu Qutaadah al-Sulami that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you enters the mosque, let him pray two rak’ahs before he sits down.” [Shahih Bukhaari 443 | Muslim 714]

4. The mosque should be cleaned and perfumed by those who are able to do it

Abu Dawood (455) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded that mosques should be built in every neighbourhood, and that they should be cleaned and perfumed [Narrated by Abi Dawood 437]

It was narrated from Abu Dharr that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The deeds of my ummah, both good and bad, were shown to me, and I found that among the best of its deeds was removing a harmful thing from the road, and I found among the worst of its deeds leaving phlegm in the mosque (note: it was not carpetted then) and not burying it.” [Shahih Muslim 555]

5. Not raising one’s voice in the mosque, even in reciting Qur’aan, because that may disturb one of the worshippers

It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went into i’tikaaf (seclusion or retreat for worship) in the mosque, and he heard them reciting Qur’aan in loud voices. He pulled back the curtain and said: “Each one of you is conversing with his Lord, so do not disturb one another and do not raise your voices above one another in reciting Qur’aan” – or he said, “in prayer” [Narrated by Abu Dawood 1332]

 

6. He should exit the mosque with the left foot first, and saying the du’aa’ narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you enters the mosque, let him send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and say, Allaahumma iftah li abwaab rahmatika (O Allaah, open to me the gates of Your mercy). And when he leaves let him send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and say, Allaahumma i’simni min al-Shaytaan il-rajeem (O Allaah, protect me from the accursed Shaytaan) [Narrated by Ibn Maajah 773]

7. If we are not allowed to raise our voice even when reciting The Noble Qur’aan, imagine a mobile phone ringing while you are praying.

8. Watch what you are wearing!! Please wear appropriate clothing.

So much has been said and written about how women should dress properly, particularly in the masjid, however today we find many men are praying like this.

 

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