Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha il-lAllaah, Allaahu Akbar Allaahu Akbar, Wa Lil-laahil-hamd

(Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest,there is no god but Allaah; Allaah is the Greatest and to Allaah be all praise)

Building and Maintaining Masajid

What is a Masjid? A masjid is a place reserved for the worship of Allah (s.w.t). Allah (s.w.t) does not want anyone else worshipped there.
And indeed the mosques are for (the worship of) Allah alone, so call not on anyone besides Allah (72:18).
Building, visiting, and maintaining a masjid is a work of great piety. 

The Holy Quran teaches us:
He indeed, shall build and maintain the mosque of Allah, who believes in Allah, and the Last Day, offers regular prayer, and gives the Zakah and fears none except Allah. (9:18).
Masajid (Mosques) are the Houses of Allah (s.w.t) and He teaches us the manners and etiquette of visiting and using them.

Entering a Masjid: It is Sunnah to enter the masjid with the right foot first and say this Dua: O Allah! Open the doors of Your Rahmah (Mercy) for me. A person entering the prayer area should remove their shoes in order to preserve and maintain the cleanliness of the area of worship. 

The prayer rug of the masjid must be kept especially clean since people offer their prayers there and make Sajdah (prostration) to Allah (s.w.t) there.

Sunnah Prayer on Arrival at the Masjid: According to some scholars, every time a person performs Wudu and finds a place to pray, it is Sunnah for them to perform two Rak'at salah silently. This prayer is called Tahiyyat al-Masjid.

Waiting for the Prayer: One should then sit quietly while waiting for the congregational prayer to begin. There should be no games, unnecessary talking, or noise. One should spend their time in reading the Quran, remember Allah (s.w.t) and offering Nawafil (optional) prayers. When the Iqamah (second call to prayer) has been made the worshippers should form straight rows behind the Imam. They should stand close to one another, leaving no gaps in between making straight rows. The women should stand behind men making straight rows as well.

After the Prayer: The worshipper may stay for additional Nafl prayer, or for meditation or recitation of the Quran. However, they should avoid anything that is not an act of worship such as chatting, excessive greetings, doing business, eating, etc, while in the masjid.

Leaving the Masjid: it is Sunnah to leave the masjid with the left foot out first and say this Dua: O Allah! I ask you to bless me with Your Fadl (Generosity). According to the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (saws) the reward of offering Salah in congregation is 27 times more than offering it individually. 

We must take special effort to go to the masjid for all of our prayers. In the Western world, the Muslim community is relatively new and establishing Islamic Centers and Masajid. In many areas Islamic Centers serve both as a masjid and as a social center. These centers are established by the donations of the community and managed by its Shura (Consultation). We must generously donate our money, time, and expertise for community work and cooperate in all those things that will help the Islamic community to grow. Some things may not turn out as we wish, but it is part of our discipline to follow the Shura and never give up working with other members of the community for the cause of Islam.

Source: Islamic Tahdhib and Akhlaq by Aisha Lemu

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