So You want to go to the Mosque!

As salam alaikum friends!

As per request of a lovely sister, my second blog for today is about what to expect before during and after going to the mosque or masjid. Going to the masjid (mosque) is a very spiritual occasion. There’s nothing like the feeling of being in the house of Allah. Praying in the masjid is a special experience, at least for me and most Muslims.

First things first, only men are obligated to attend the masjid on Fridays for Jummah prayer but women are definitely permitted to go and are rewards for doing so. But, women are also permitted to stay at home and pray and will not lose any reward in doing so. You may go to the masjid any day of the week and most are open, but you will probably find the most people on Fridays (Jummah prayer) and during holidays and special occasions. You may pray in the masjid even if it isn’t Friday.

For my sisters out there, you may go to the masjid at any time but may not enter the prayer area during your menses (monthly period). You may, however, enter the other areas such as study areas, kitchen, etc.

Before going to the masjid, its important that you shower and wear clean clothing. Also, of course if you are going to prayer, you must make wudu (the cleansing ritual made before prayer). Just because you have showered doesn’t mean you are ready for prayer yet, make sure to make wudu also. I usually do that in the shower if I am already in there.

As for what to wear, men and women should wear what is commanded by Allah, just as they should while they are in public anywhere. For sisters who do not normally observe hijab, you must do this before entering the masjid. Hijab isn’t just a head covering though, its also the rest of your clothing, your actions, your voice and words, etc. Sisters must cover their hair, neck, ears as far as head covering. Her clothing must be loose and long enough to cover down to feet and also, if wearing pants and shirt outfit, shirt must be long enough to cover her booty lol (rear end). Also, her chest area must be covered. Alot of women wear jilbabs or abayas (long dresses) that are loose, have long sleeves and come down to their feet, along with covering their hair, etc. Arms must be covered also to wrist…no short sleeves.

Men can wear a nice shirt or even a t-shirt (clean of course lol) but must not have anything on it such as pictures, etc. Their pants must cover from waist to a little below the knees or they can just wear long pants or capris (calve length pants).

Both men and women must remove their shoes before entering the prayer area at the masjid. Some people wear socks and others don’t. I haven’t heard that it is mandatory to wear socks, I don’t, but I’m not a scholar either.

On a side note, when I first converted and went to the masjid, I wasn’t aware that if you wear nail polish, your wudu isn’t accepted because the water cannot penetrate your nail polish to get the your nails! A rude sister at the masjid quickly pointed out my polished toe nails and I was less than happy. Anyway, I wear nail polish when not praying such as during my period but cannot when praying.

Anyhoo, When first entering the prayer area, its sunnah to pray to rakas to say hello to the masjid πŸ™‚ For lack of better words. Then you may sit down and chat with the other sisters. By the way, the masjid is separated between men and women. There are separate prayer areas in the majority of majids so make sure you find out where the entrances for each are.

So, before the speech (jummah speech) is started, you may either sit and do nothing, read or chat but once the Imam starts speaking please be quiet. Make sure to give your salams when entering the prayer area…its just polite.

The Imam will start to give a speech, which will have something to do with Muslims or Islam of course and may add some requests for aid or assistance for the Masjid if needed, at the end. He will choose what to speech about. After that the prayer will begin. You will then pray along with the Imam. For men, the Imam is there with you and you just follow him. For sisters, there is usually a loud speaker from which you can hear the Imams speech and prayer so don’t worry about knowing what to do. Now certain prayers are not said aloud and certain prayers are said where you can hear them. Fajr is said aloud by the Imam, Dhur, is silent except for “Allah Akbar” and the ending where you say your salams. Asr is silent, Magrib is said aloud, and so is Isha.

After the prayer, usually people will chat or you may just leave is you wish. Some people will also do 2 more rakas or say their duas (supplication prayers to Allah).

I hope this has helped you some. If I can answer any other questions please let me know. Also, be aware that not everyone at the Masjid is friendly but please don’t let that stop you from attending if you really want to. Just avoid those people.

As salam alaikum and May Allah keep you happy healthy and safe Ameen.

Love Amani xoxox

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kazemah
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 16:38:12

    Assalamu alaykum sis. A woman is required to cover her feet.

    In one hadith reported by Aisha (ra), she said that Asmaa bint Abu Bakr entered the quarters of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) wearing thin clothes. The Messenger (saw) turned his face away and said, β€œOh Asmaa, if the woman reaches puberty, it is not allowed to be seen from her except this and this”, and he pointed to his face and hands.
    This is found in Abu Dawud.

    A woman can either wear a garment which is long enough to cover her feet completely (basically sweeping the floor lol) or she has to wear socks to cover them.

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  2. Amani
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 17:35:57

    Thanks sister πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

    Reply

  3. arabexperience
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:37:34

    Reblogged this on arabexperience and commented:
    After reading some of the post on this wordpress blog, I decided to ask the writer if she wanted to help me by writing a blog about going to the mosque and the rituals it involves. Here it is! I hope you’ll enjoy it and learn as much from it as I did. And to this fellow blogger I’d only like to say: Thank you so much for writing this!

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  4. Amani
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 13:38:59

    @arabexperience…ty so much for reposting and liking πŸ™‚ as salam alaikum sweet sister xoxo Amani

    Reply

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