THE AADAAB (ETIQUETTES) OF MASJID
one enters the Masjid, one should remain conscious of these etiquettes:
- It is preferable
that one performs two rak'at tahiyyatul Masjid upon entry into the Masjid as long as it is not Makrooh time.
Note: It is Makrooh tahreemi to perform Nafl
Salaat between sub'h saadiq and
15-20 minutes after sunrise. Therefore, one should not perform tahiyyat-ul-wuzoo and tahiyyatul Masjid at this time too.
However performance of Qadhaa Salaat, Sajdah
Tilaawat and Janaazah Salaat is permissible. One should
take note that every form of Salaat is impermissible at
sunrise, mid-day and sunset and it is haraam to perform Sajdah (at these three times). There is no harm in engaging ones self in Zikr and Tilaawat.
- It is more
virtuous to sit in the first row. However, if place is not available, one should sit wherever he finds place. It is not
permissible to leap over the shoulders of people in order to advance forward.
- Do not make noise
or disturbance in the Masjid.
- Do not enter the Masjid after consuming anything which gives
out offensive smell, e.g. tobacco, raw onions and garlic, radish, etc.
- Do not indulge in
worldly talk. Do not engage in any activity which disturb those engaged in Salaat or Zikr.
- Do not engage in buying and selling of any kind in the Masjid.
- Do not distract
those who are already busy in Tilaawat and Zikr by greeting them. However, if someone not occupied in
Zikr, etc, turns to you on his own accord, then
there is no harm in greeting him.
- If one desires
to perform Sunnats or Nawaafil, one should
perform them in a place where there is no likelihood of anyone passing in front him whilst
in Salaat. Some people begin their Salaat in the back rows, when there are places vacant in the
front rows in front of them, due to which people find it difficult to pass. It is not
proper to cause inconvenience and harm to others. If someone is compelled to walk across such
people performing Salaat, the sin of this walking will be upon the one performing Salaat.
- When Jamaaat begins,
the first rows should be
completed first, with both the right and left hand sides balanced equally. It is improper
to stand in a back row, if space is vacant in front.
- Engage in Zikr and
Tilaawat silently, if people are performing Salaat.
- Neither spit nor stretch your
legs towards the Qiblah.
- Neither search nor
make announcements for items lost outside, in the Masjid.
FARAA'IDH (COMPULSORY ACTS) OF SALAAT