Mosque Manners

Spitting in the mosque

Anas bin Malik (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Spitting in the mosque is a sin, and its expiation is that the spittle should be buried in earth.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Mosques are holy and meant for worship, remembrance of Allah, recitation of holy Quran and many other acts of piety. So it’s very important to keep it neat and clean. Therefore, it is prohibited by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to spit in the mosque. But to atone for spitting in the mosque, one should bury the spittle in earth, but this applies when the floor of the mosque is covered with earth. As this is not the case today, one should wipe the spittle off or wash it off with clean water.

Maintaining the Sanctity of the mosque

Anas (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “It is not proper to use the mosque for urinating or easing oneself. They are merely built for the remembrance of Allah and the recitation of the Qur’an”, or as he stated. [Muslim]

One should not by any means try to violate the sanctity of the mosques.

Inquiring in the Mosque

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “If anyone hears a man inquiring in the mosque about something he has lost, he should say: ‘La raddaha Allahu ‘alaika (May Allah not restore it to you),’ for mosques are not built for this purpose.” [Muslim]

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah said, “When you see someone buying or selling in the mosque, say to him: ‘La arbaha-Allahu tijarataka (May Allah not make your bargain profitable)!’ When you see someone announcing something lost in it, say: ‘May Allah not restore it to you!”‘ [At-Tirmidhi]

Prohibition of reciting poems

Amr bin Shu’aib on the authority of his grandfather (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) prohibited (us) from buying and selling in the mosque; (he also prohibited us from) making announcement in it about something lost and from reciting poems in it. [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi]

Recitation of such poems is prohibited which relate to love stories and romantic tales otherwise there is no harm in reciting poems in mosques which relate to the Oneness of Allah, obedience of His Prophet (PBUH), and other subjects meant for the improvement of Muslims.