Respect of Masjid (Mosque) :
The best portion of the earth in the sight of God is that upon which a mosque is raised. The distinctive feature of the devotee of God is that he loves the mosque also. On the terrific day of doom when there will be no shade of His Heaven whose heart is devoted to the mosque.
The Holly Prophet (p.b.u.h)
“The man whose heart is devoted to the mosque will rest under the shad of Heaven.” (BuKhari)
Do service to the mosque ; keep the house of God populated. To render service to the mosque and keep it populated is a sign of faith.
Innama ya’muru masajid-allahi man amana bil-lahi wal yaum-il-akhairi.
” He shell tend Allah’s sanctuaries who believeth in Allah and the Day reckoning”.
Always say your obligatory prayers with the congregation in the mosque. Maintain a regular system of congregation and announcement of the Prayer-call in the mosque and discipline your whole life in conformity with the system of the mosque. Mosque is the pivot around which the whole circle of a true believer’s life revolves.
The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) :
” There are certain people among the Muslim who stay in the mosque permanently. and do not leave the place. They have angels as their companions. If such people disappear from the mosque, the angels go about looking for them. If These people fall ill, the angels enquire after their health and when they are engaged in some task, the angels aid them—— A person who sits in the mosque anticipates blessings of the Lord”. (Musnad Ahmad)
Go to the mosque with eagerness and enthusiasm to say your prayers. The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) affirmed : “The act of going to the mosque morning and evening is like going to fight in the cause of God” And further observed : ” The people who go towards the mosque in the dim light of the Day of Doom”. In addition, the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) affirmed : ” Each step that a man takes towards the mosque to say his prayers with the congregation, deletes one sin and adds one virtue to his account”.
Go to the mosque in a state of fear and trepidation. Say ‘ Assalam-o-Alaikum ‘ ( Peace be on you) on entering the mosque. Sit down quietly and pray in such a manner that your heart should be filled with the awe of the Greatness and Glory of God. Those who enter the mosque laughing and talking are careless and impudent. The hearts of such people are devoid of the fear of God. Some people in their bid to join the congregation. before they lose any Rak’ah rush forward into the mosque. This act is contrary to the sanctity of the mosque Whether you are able to join the “Rak’ah” or not, walk in the mosque with poise, dignity and in humility; avoid hurried movement.
Sit down in the mosque in peace and avoid worldly talk. To shout or make a noise, to cut jokes and raise laughter, to discuss bazar rates, to comment on the world affairs or to strike business deals in the mosque is a sacrilege. Mosque is a place if Divine Worship; use it for the purpose of offering devotions to God only.
Do not take such small children with you in the mosque who have not yet attained awareness of the sanctity of the mosque lest they should discharge urine, defecate or spit in the mosque.
Do not use the mosque as a thoroughfare. On entering the gate of the mosque it becomes obligatory upon you to say prayers, or sit down and engage in the remembrance of God or recite the Holy Qur’an.
If you lose something somewhere else, do not make an announcement of your loss from the mosque. whenever someone made such an announcement in the mosque of Prophet, the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) was offended and used to remark:
la radd-al-lahu alika daallataka.
” My God restore not the lost thing to thee!”
On entering the mosque put your right step in and say
Allahumm-aftah li abwaba rahmatika.
“O God ! Open the gates of Thy Mercy for me”.
After entering the mosque, say two Rak’ah of supererogatory prayers. those two Rak’ah are described by the term ” Tahyyat ul-masjid”.
On coming out of the mosque, put your left step out and say this prayer :
Allahumma inni as’aluka min fadlika.
“O God ! I seek your Favour and Blessings”.