Masjids are the
houses of worship for Muslims. A Muslim should be always eager to go to the Masjid to
perform prayer and thus could get reward, which our beloved prophet informed us about,
in the Hadith:
to the Masjid or comes back from the Masjid, Allah will prepare his place in Jannah
every time he goes or goes back.Whoever washes himself up for the prayer and then
goes to the Masjid to perform prayer, every step he take to the Masjid, a sin
will be washed out and a degree shall be given to him.
And Rasullah (S)
informed us also that whoever maintains a Masjid and attaches himself /herself
to the Masjid, such person will be among the seven categories of people who will be under the shade of Allah SWT on a day there will be no shade except the shade of Allah SWT.
Islam teaches us
that there are certain etiquettes that should be observed and implemented when coming
to the Masjid.
1. The person who
comes should be clean from major impurities like, janabah, menses, and post child
birth bleeding etc.
2. Wearing good
perfume and putting on your nicest clothes. Rasulullah said A Muslim should remember
to use Miswak or a tooth brush if he ever eats onion or garlic or any offensive
type of food that has a strong smell. O Children of Adam! take your adornment
at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigal. Lo! He loveth
not the prodigals. () Rasullah (SAW) said, Whoever eats garlic or onion, should avoid our Masjid.
3. Going to it most
often. Rasullah said:
Shouldnt I guide
you to something if it is done, Allah shall wash out your sins and raise your
grades? The companions said, yes tell us. He said, perfecting your wudu, going
to the Masjid often and waiting for the prayer after the prayer. (Muslim)
4. Making dua
when going to the Masjid. Rasullah use to say on his way to the Masjid,O Allah
Allah: enlighten my heart, enlighten my hearing, enlighten my eyesight, put light
on my right side, put light on my left side, put light above me, put light from
brhind me and provide light for me.
5. Walking slowly
and humbly to the Masjid. Rasullah said,
If you hear the
Iqamah, walk to the Masjid slowly and humbly and with tranquility and do not rush
or run to catch prayer. If you catch it from the beginning that is fine otherwise,
make up the rakats you missed. Agreed upon.
6. Entering the
Masjid with the right foot and saying the dua. Rasullah (SAW) used to enter the Masjid
with his right foot and used to say this dua Bismillah Allahuma Salli Ala Mohammad. Rabbi Ighfir Lee
Zunubee Waftah Lee Abwaba Rahmatika. (Muslim)
7. To offer 2
rakaat for the greeting of the Masjid. Rasullah (SAW) said, If any person enters
the Masjid, He should offer 2 rakaats for the greeting of the Masjid.
8. Not walking
away from the Masjid when the Azan was proclaimed. Rasullah (SAW) said,If you
were in the Masjid and you heard the Azan being proclaimed, let not
any one go out
from the Masjid without offering the Salah, (Ahmed)
9. Keeping busy
with the remembrance of Allah SWT. Rasullah (SAW) said, Masjid were made for the
remembrance of Allah SWT, for the performance of the Salah and for reading the
Quran. Agreed upon
passing in front of a person praying. Unfortunately we tend to neglect this aspect. Rasullah
If the person
who passes right in front of another person praying would know the seriousness
of his act, it would better for him to stand 40  than passing in front of a
the Masjid. This includes both physical and financial as well as spiritual maintenance. Allah SWT said, He only shall tend Allah's sanctuaries who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and observeth proper worship and
payeth the poor
due and feareth none save Allah. For such (only) is it possible that they can
be of the rightly guided. () Rasullah said If you see a person visit the Masjid often and maintains it, bear witness that he is a true believer. (Ahmed)
shouting, yelling, cursing, or using improper language. One day, Omar [R] entered
the Masjid of the Prophet and found them shouting at each other. Immediately, he
called them up and
reprimanded them for doing such things. (Bukhari) Also a Muslim should avoid making any
noise when a person is offering Salah.
13. Keeping it clean. Rasullah said, Spitting in the Masjid
is a sin. Agreed upon
14. Building the Masjid for the pleasure of Allah SWT. Rasullah
(SAW) said, Whoever builds a Masjid seeking the pleasure of Allah SWT, Allah
shall construct for him a
palace in paradise.
15. Making Itikaf
(seclusion) in the Masjid. A Muslim should intend to make itikaf every time he comes to the Masjid for any time period. Rasullah used to do it especially on the last ten
days of Ramadan.
the lines for prayers. Rasullah used to straighten the lines of people praying.
17. When going out
of the Masjid a Muslim should go out with his left foot and say the dua, Bismillah
Allahumma Salli Ala Mohammad Allahumma Asalika Min Fadlika.
In the name of Allah, O Allah, send prayers and blessing to Mohammad O Allah, I ask you
for your Grace and Mercy.
On Friday there
are certain etiquettes that we need to be reminded of:
1. Taking a bath,
wearing perfume and dressing nicely. Rasullah said,Whoever takes a bath on Friday, then comb his hair and wears
perfume, then goes to the Masjid early, and then sits in his place listening attentively to the khutba and then offer the
obligatory prayer, Allah shall forgive him his sins to the next Jummah.
2. Going early
to the Masjid on Friday. Hadith:
himself up for Jummah, then walk to the Masjid in the early hour, it is as if
he sacrificed a camel for Allahs sake, Whoever comes after that, it is as if he
sacrificed a cow, whoever comes after that it is as if he sacrificed a lamb, whoever
comes after that it is as if he sacrificed a chicken, whoever comes after that
it is as if he gave an egg for the sake of Allah. When the Imam rise to deliver
his Khutba, the angels would roll up their records and listen to the khutaba.
3. Avoid passing
the people to get a closer place while you are coming late. Once Rasullah (SAW) saw
a man doing this and told him sit down for you have come late and you hurt
to the Khutbah. Rasullah (SAW) said, Whoever speaks on Friday and the Imam is
delivering his Khutbah he is like a donkey carrying a big load. (Ahmed)