Dua Upon entering Mosque

Upon entering Mosque – 1

I take refuge with Allah, The Supreme and with His Noble Face, and His eternal authority from the accursed devil. In the name of Allah, and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah. O Allah, open the gates of Your mercy for me.
Abu Dawud: 4591

 

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Tag 101: What to do and not to visit mosques in the Middle East

Masjed or game’e are the words for mosque in Arabic, the places where Muslims pray and worship God. Mosques are very sacred to Muslims and they are committed to keeping them clean and respectful inside and around them at all times. Mosques are found throughout Islamic countries, from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. In terms of architecture and history, mosques are a very interesting tourist attraction. Here’s what you need to know if you are visiting a mosque in the Middle East, where the rules may be a little stricter.

Learn about the meaning of mosques

Muslims believe that every mosque is a house of God. In these houses, they pray, read the Qur’an, take lessons on Islam, tell the moral stories of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and wonder about the well-being of each. Muslims work together to keep the mosque clean, make sure it has a good scent and is regularly repaired. Visitors must therefore understand the importance of mosques and the sincere meaning they occupy in the heart of Muslims, and respect it.

Take off your shoes before entering

Muslims remove their shoes every time they enter a mosque. They expect visitors to follow their example and show the same respect when entering a mosque.

Women: Please, cover your hair

Muslim women cover themselves during prayer. Their traditional costume covers their hair and is wide, non-transparent and long-sleeved. It is also respectful of non-Muslim women to wear the hijab, a scarf that covers their heads, when visiting a mosque.

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Wear appropriate clothing

Since mosques are sacred, it is not appropriate for men or women to wear short clothing that shows a lot of skin. Long pants and shirts or t-shirts are suitable for men, while long-sleeved dresses, skirts and blouses, long-sleeved shirts and long-sleeved shirts are suitable for women.

Do turn off your mobile

When Muslims go to mosques to worship God, nothing should interrupt their practice. It is very disturbing to hear a phone ring or talk to someone. Muslims and visitors must turn off their phones or put them in silent mode before entering a mosque.

Do not leave rubbish inside the mosque

Before leaving a mosque, make sure you have not left any belongings. Most importantly, make sure you leave it as clean and do not leave garbage.

Do not let your children run or play inside the mosque

Children are welcome in mosques. They can join their parents while praying or simply on tour. Nevertheless, parents should be careful to inform their children of the good manners inside the mosques. They must not make noise, neither run nor shout, because it disturbs the Muslims and interrupts their worship. They must also make sure they leave it clean and neat.

Do not eat or drink in a mosque

Muslims do not eat and drink inside mosques. This is not forbidden, but they fear to affect its cleanliness and order. However, on some occasions, they gather in mosques, bringing treats to share and celebrate. These occasions include Ramadan, Eids and social events such as weddings. Everyone works together to clean up.

Do not raise your voice

Muslims seek peace as they worship God inside mosques. During your visit, be sure not to make noise, speak loudly, laugh or talk on the phone. Keep the calm of the place intact and show respect.

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