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Things to Avoid in a Mosque

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Masjid (or mosque) is the most sanctified place for every Muslim on earth. In its peaceful environment, one should observe courtesy and respectfulness as it promotes the spiritual, social and even physical reconditioning of the body. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:-
“In the world a place dear to Allah is the Masjid and the place not liked by Him is the Bazaar.’’

Being a glorified segment of land, a masjid has some significant privileges to be followed. Reluctance to certain issues and topics should be strongly observed in its premises.  A list of things to be avoided in a mosque is as follows:-

Rule#1: Never enter the mosque without performing Wadhu or, in some cases, without a proper Ghusal (Bath).

As Prophet (P.B.U.H) said “An obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his He who purifies himself (performs Wudhu) in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (Masjid) for performing rank (in Jannah)”

Rule#2: Do not shout, speak aloud or make any noise that can disturb the Muslims. Sometimes whispering or reciting holy Quran loudly during salat might annoy others around.

 “Each of you is conversing privately with his Lord, so do not disturb one another or raise your voices above one another when reading Qur’aan – or he said, when praying.” Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said.

Rule#3: Avoid using cell phones and other devices that produce rhythm. The use of such devices distracts Muslims in prayers.

Rule#4: It is strictly prohibited to jump through or walk in front of a Namazi (one offering prayers). Once the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) saw a man jumping over people shoulders, He (P.B.U.H) said: “Sit down. You have hurt [people] and come late.”

Rule#5: Spitting saliva, cough, food or anything else from mouth is strongly condemned in a masjid. Prophet (S.A.W) said “Spitting in the masjid is a sin and its expiation is to bury it (i.e. to remove it from the masjid).”

Rule#6:  A person should not wear clothes that disclose any part of the body with exception of hands, face and toes. Clothes revealing the figure or with tattoos of living things on it are strictly forbidden in a masjid.

Rule#7: It is very immoral to wet the floor with either sweat or the water dripping after Wadhu.

Rule#8: never indulge in any political disputes or business meetings in the premises of the masjid.

Rule#9: Do not make announcements of lost items in the mosque as it is strongly prohibited by the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) to do so.

Rule#10: consumption of onions, garlic and other aromatic plants before entering the mosque is not allowed. Prophet (P.B.U.H) said “Whoever eats from the baqala (plants), that is, the onion [on another occasion he said, whoever eats from onion, garlic and leek] should not come to our masajid. Verily, the angels are also disturbed by that which disturbs mankind.”

Therefore one should always prospect for absolute obedience and silence in the mosque. A person can benefit the most if the above mentioned rules are properly followed. May Allah give us guidance for the right path to be followed.