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The Masjid: Heart of theThe Masjid: Heart of theMuslim CommunityMuslim Community Congregational Salah.Congregational Salah. Masjid in the Prophet’s Time & IslamicMasjid in the Prophet’s Time & IslamicHistory.History. Etiquettes of the Masjid.Etiquettes of the Masjid. Our Masajid Today.Our Masajid Today. 12 Ways to Get Active in Your Masjid.12 Ways to Get Active in Your Masjid.
IntroductionIntroduction ““this world is a paradise for thethis world is a paradise for thedisbeliever, prison for the believer”,disbeliever, prison for the believer”,the only piece of Paradise of thethe only piece of Paradise of thebeliever in this world is the housebeliever in this world is the houseof Allah.of Allah. A believer out of the masjid is like aA believer out of the masjid is like afish out of water.fish out of water.
IntroductionIntroduction Masjid is an essential part of aMasjid is an essential part of aMuslim’s life in any situationMuslim’s life in any situation .. Muslims from different backgrounds,Muslims from different backgrounds,ethnicities, and schools of thoughtethnicities, and schools of thoughtcan be unified if they let the Divinecan be unified if they let the Divineblessings and brotherly ethos of theblessings and brotherly ethos of themasjid guides them.masjid guides them.
Congregational SalahCongregational Salah Abdullah ibn Umar narrated that theAbdullah ibn Umar narrated that theProphet (PBUH) said:Prophet (PBUH) said: “Salah in“Salah incongregation is better than salahcongregation is better than salahperformed individually by twenty-performed individually by twenty-seven degrees.”seven degrees.” (Bukhari and Muslim)(Bukhari and Muslim) It reinforces the unity and cooperationIt reinforces the unity and cooperationof Muslims as it strengthens the tiesof Muslims as it strengthens the tiesof brotherhood among them.of brotherhood among them.
Congregational SalahCongregational Salah Allah praises and honors His housesAllah praises and honors His houseson earth in the Quran:on earth in the Quran:““In houses which Allah’s has ordered toIn houses which Allah’s has ordered tobe raised and that His names bebe raised and that His names bementioned therein; exalting Himmentioned therein; exalting Himwithin them in the morning and thewithin them in the morning and theevening. (Therein are) men whomevening. (Therein are) men whomneither commerce nor sale distractsneither commerce nor sale distractsfrom the remembrance of Allah andfrom the remembrance of Allah andperformed of salah and giving ofperformed of salah and giving ofzakah.”zakah.” [24:36-37][24:36-37]
Masjid in the Prophet’sMasjid in the Prophet’sTime & Islamic HistoryTime & Islamic History Praising this masjid, Allah said,Praising this masjid, Allah said,“There is a masjid whose“There is a masjid whosefoundation was laid from the firstfoundation was laid from the firstday on piety; it is more worthy ofday on piety; it is more worthy ofthe standing forth (for salah)the standing forth (for salah)therein. In it are men who lovetherein. In it are men who loveto be purified; and Allah lovesto be purified; and Allah lovesthose who make themselvesthose who make themselvespure.”pure.” [9:108][9:108]
Masjid in the Prophet’sMasjid in the Prophet’sTime & Islamic HistoryTime & Islamic History Masajid have servedMasajid have servedhistorically and continue todayhistorically and continue todayto serve as the centers ofto serve as the centers ofintellectual, spiritual, andintellectual, spiritual, andcultural enlightenment of thecultural enlightenment of theMuslim community.Muslim community.
Centers of Knowledge &Centers of Knowledge &EducationEducation Universities, dedicated centers ofUniversities, dedicated centers ofhigher learning, were the singlehigher learning, were the singlegreatest institutional of the greatgreatest institutional of the greatIslamic civilization.Islamic civilization. This combination of worship andThis combination of worship andknowledge, of nourishment of theknowledge, of nourishment of thesoul and mind at the same place issoul and mind at the same place isremarkable: a hallmark of the trueremarkable: a hallmark of the trueIslamic civilization.Islamic civilization.
Legal & AdministrativeLegal & AdministrativeRoleRole Guarantor of the Unity of theGuarantor of the Unity of theIslamic Ummah.Islamic Ummah. Consultation & Council.Consultation & Council.
Guarantor of the Unity ofGuarantor of the Unity ofthe Islamic Ummahthe Islamic Ummah Bringing together all the believersBringing together all the believersfor regular salah, and imparting thefor regular salah, and imparting thespirit of brotherhood, cooperationspirit of brotherhood, cooperationand discipline, it makes theand discipline, it makes theMuslims a unity, an army of Allah.Muslims a unity, an army of Allah. people who frequent the masajidpeople who frequent the masajidare often active in the service ofare often active in the service ofthe community.the community.
Consultation & CouncilConsultation & Council The Prophet’s masjid servedThe Prophet’s masjid servedthe role of today’s parliament orthe role of today’s parliament orcongress.congress. Most of the consultativeMost of the consultativecouncils were held in thecouncils were held in theMasjid, such as the ones heldMasjid, such as the ones heldbefore the battles of Uhud, Al-before the battles of Uhud, Al-Ahzab.Ahzab.
Social Role & ServiceSocial Role & Service Housing The Poor.Housing The Poor. Collection & Distribution ofCollection & Distribution ofCharity.Charity.
Housing the PoorHousing the Poor The Prophet’s Masjid served asThe Prophet’s Masjid served ashome and shelter for guests andhome and shelter for guests andtravelers.travelers. Abu-Hurirah and other poorAbu-Hurirah and other poorCompanions known as ahl-us-Companions known as ahl-us-Suffa lived in the courtyard ofSuffa lived in the courtyard ofthe Prophet’s Masjid.the Prophet’s Masjid.
Collection & DistributionCollection & Distributionof Charityof Charity The wealthy members fulfilled theirThe wealthy members fulfilled theirduties towards the poor and theduties towards the poor and theneedy.needy. Zakat-ul-Fitr, booty, and donationsZakat-ul-Fitr, booty, and donationsfrom different regions were alsofrom different regions were alsobrought to the Masjid forbrought to the Masjid fordistribution.distribution.
Clinic & HospitalClinic & Hospital Pharmacies and dispensaries werePharmacies and dispensaries werelocated inside the masjid and thelocated inside the masjid and theMuslim physicians treated patientsMuslim physicians treated patientsand prescribed medications for themand prescribed medications for themfreely.freely. Ahmed ibn IbraheemAhmed ibn Ibraheem Role.Role.
ETIQUETTES OF THEETIQUETTES OF THEMASJIDMASJID Entering & Leaving theEntering & Leaving theMasjidMasjid..• Performing Two Rak’ahs as aPerforming Two Rak’ahs as aGreeting to the Masjid.Greeting to the Masjid. Straightening the Rows.Straightening the Rows. Children in the Masjid.Children in the Masjid.
Entering & Leaving theEntering & Leaving theMasjidMasjid One of the supplications theOne of the supplications theProphet used to make was:Prophet used to make was: ““In the name of Allah, I put myIn the name of Allah, I put mytrust in Allah. There is notrust in Allah. There is nopower or strength except withpower or strength except withAllah.”Allah.” (Abu Dawud and Tirmithi).(Abu Dawud and Tirmithi).
Entering & Leaving theEntering & Leaving theMasjidMasjid When entering the masjid, oneWhen entering the masjid, oneshould begin with the right foot firstshould begin with the right foot firstand say,and say, “O Allah, forgive me my sins“O Allah, forgive me my sinsand open for me the doors of yourand open for me the doors of yourmercy.”mercy.” when leaving the masjid, he shouldwhen leaving the masjid, he shouldstep out with the left foot first andstep out with the left foot first andsay:say: “O Allah, forgive me my sins and“O Allah, forgive me my sins andopen for me the doors of youropen for me the doors of yourbounty.”bounty.”
Performing Two Rak’ahs asPerforming Two Rak’ahs asa Greeting to the Masjida Greeting to the Masjid The Prophet said,The Prophet said, “When one“When oneof you enters the masjid, heof you enters the masjid, heshould perform two rak’ahsshould perform two rak’ahsbefore sitting down.”before sitting down.” (Bukhari)(Bukhari)
Straightening the RowsStraightening the Rows Before starting the salah,Before starting the salah,the congregation shouldthe congregation shouldstand in straight rowsstand in straight rowswithout leaving any gaps inwithout leaving any gaps inbetween.between.
Children in the MasjidChildren in the Masjid Parents should therefore allow theirParents should therefore allow theirchildren to accompany them to thechildren to accompany them to themasjid so that they get used to themasjid so that they get used to theIslamic acts of worship and grow upIslamic acts of worship and grow upwith obedience to Allah.with obedience to Allah. To show his concern for children, heTo show his concern for children, heused to say,used to say, “Verily, I start the salah“Verily, I start the salahintending to prolong it. But when Iintending to prolong it. But when Ihear the crying of a child, I shorten ithear the crying of a child, I shorten itknowing how his crying disturbs hisknowing how his crying disturbs hismother.”mother.” (Bukhari and Muslim).(Bukhari and Muslim).
OUR MASAJID TODAYOUR MASAJID TODAY Evaluate Your Masjid andEvaluate Your Masjid andYour Role in itYour Role in it.. 12 Ways to Get Active in12 Ways to Get Active inYour Local Masjid.Your Local Masjid.
Evaluate Your MasjidEvaluate Your Masjidand Your Role in itand Your Role in it What relationship do you haveWhat relationship do you havewith your local masjidwith your local masjid ?? What role do you play in yourWhat role do you play in yourmasjid?masjid? What do you think it means toWhat do you think it means tonot visit Allah as a guest whennot visit Allah as a guest whenHe calls you five times a day?He calls you five times a day?
12 Ways to Get Active in12 Ways to Get Active inYour Local MasjidYour Local Masjid
visit your masjid for salahvisit your masjid for salahregularly.regularly. the Fajr and Isha salah arethe Fajr and Isha salah areparticularly important, accordingparticularly important, accordingto sunnah.to sunnah.
A minaret of the light of smiles,A minaret of the light of smiles,politeness, cordiality andpoliteness, cordiality andconcern for other visitors.concern for other visitors. Make your masjid a belovedMake your masjid a belovedplace for the rest of your Muslimplace for the rest of your Muslimbrothers you meet there.brothers you meet there.
There must be moreThere must be moreknowledgeable people than youknowledgeable people than youin the masjid in one or morein the masjid in one or moreareas of Islamic knowledge.areas of Islamic knowledge.
Being a teacher is even moreBeing a teacher is even morebeneficial role, because now youbeneficial role, because now youboth give and take from otherboth give and take from otherpeople.people.
The congregational salah areThe congregational salah arethe best spiritual and mentalthe best spiritual and mentalexercise to teach us how toexercise to teach us how tofollow with discipline.follow with discipline.
If you are fully confident thatIf you are fully confident thatyou can do a good job as ayou can do a good job as aleader, do not deprive yourleader, do not deprive yourcommunity of your skills.community of your skills. Be extremely careful ofBe extremely careful ofselfishness, self-selfishness, self-aggrandizement, or arrogance.aggrandizement, or arrogance.
When praying in congregation,When praying in congregation,the people praying with you arethe people praying with you areyour brothers.your brothers. Praying in the company of thePraying in the company of therighteous is, therefore, anrighteous is, therefore, animmense blessing.immense blessing.
Masjid is the best place toMasjid is the best place toremember and practice theremember and practice theteaching of the Quran:teaching of the Quran: “Help you“Help youone another in benevolence andone another in benevolence andpiety, and do not help onepiety, and do not help oneanother in sin and hostility.”another in sin and hostility.”
Cleaning the masjid is a greatCleaning the masjid is a greathonor in the sight of Allah.honor in the sight of Allah. The Prophet, insisted to prayThe Prophet, insisted to prayupon the grave of a Companionupon the grave of a Companionwho used to clean the masjidwho used to clean the masjidwhen he heard that the formerwhen he heard that the formerhad died.had died.
Donate regularly to your masjid,Donate regularly to your masjid,even if it is little and even if youeven if it is little and even if youdonate in many other causes.donate in many other causes. This increases your love forThis increases your love forAllah and for the house of Allah,Allah and for the house of Allah,and decreases love of thisand decreases love of thisworld.world.
Be a good listener, for that isBe a good listener, for that ismuch more important andmuch more important andbeneficial than beingbeneficial than being a gooda goodspeaker.speaker.
Your masjid always needsYour masjid always needspeople who are skillful andpeople who are skillful andconfident in public speaking.confident in public speaking.
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