What are the mosque manners in islam? How can I be respectful in a mosque?
Thinking that the mosque is the house of Allah, it is necessary to show it utmost respect, to tidy it up when entering, and not to show a reckless attitude. The Messenger of Allah -upon him blessings and peace- explained this issue with the following hadith:
“When one of you enters the mosque, he should perform a two-cycle prayer of salutation before sitting down.” (Bukhari, Salat, 60)
It is very important that the mosques are cleansed from all kinds of filth and behavior that people detest and hate.
According to a narration reported from Anas bin Malik, the Messenger of Allah saw a spit in the direction of the qibla of the mosque. He cleaned it with his own hand. The intensity of his anger at this was visible on his blessed face. (Muslim, Masajid, 52; al-Bayhaqi, al-Sunan al-Kubra, I, 255) The Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- wanted his ummah to be clean, gentle and elegant, and he wanted them to stay away from behaviors that contradict this.
The Messenger of Allah -upon him blessings and peace- said in another hadith:
“The deeds of my people, good and bad, were presented before me, and I found the removal of something objectionable from the road among their good deeds, and the sputum mucus left unburied in the mosque among their evil deeds.” (Muslim, Masajid, 58)
In this hadith, the issue of spitting in the mosque is dealt with. Mosques are places worship and places where Muslims congregate. It is necessary to pay maximum attention to the cleanliness of these holy places.
Essentially, cleanliness, which must be observed by every human being, has been transformed into a form of worship by Islam.
Our Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- did not want unpleasant odors on his clothes, especially when he was going to mosque. As a matter of fact, he took off a cardigan he was wearing when he sweated and felt the smell of wool. Aisha – May Allah pleased with her – reported that our Prophet always liked fragrances. (Abu Dawud, Libas, 19)
“Whoever eats something from this smelly vegetable, do not approach our mosque. Because angels are disturbed by what people are disturbed by.”
What is meant by the smelly vegetable in the hadith is onion and garlic. Everything that smells has the same ruling. What is meant by the angels’ disturbance is that they dislike and hate such situations. Because they love good manners, cleanliness, beautiful and pleasant things; they are disgusted by the opposite of them.
In addition, our Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- said, “When you see someone shopping in the mosque, say, ‘May Allah not make your trade profitable!’” and thus forbade Muslims from trading in the mosque. (al-Tirmidhi, Buyu’, 76; al-Darimi, Salat, 118; al-Bayhaqi, 2/447)
The Messenger of Allah -upon him blessings and peace- said:
“When any one of you enters the mosque, he should say: ‘Allahumma iftah li abwaba rahmatik (O Allah! open for me the doors of Thy mercy)’; and when he steps out he should say: “Allahumme inni as’aluka min fadlik (O Allah! I beg of You Thy Grace)”! (Muslim, Musafirin, 68)
. In those days, there were no carpets, rugs and similar covers in the mosques, and instead the floor was covered with sand. For this reason, spits could be seen around the mosque from time to time.