Mosque – House of Almighty Allah
A mosque is the house and courtyard of Allah Most High. Those who spoil the dignity of a mosque will be debased and humiliated in this world and severely punished in the hereafter.
One should never do any such thing in the mosque which hurts the people present therein. Laughing in a mosque is an act which darkens one’s grave. Whenever one goes into the mosque, the condition of one’s heart and other senses should be as if we are before the rulers of this world. Although one should always have be conscious that Allah is looking at us, if this is not possible, then at least in the mosque we should be conscious of this. Hadhrat Sufyan Thauri (May Allah shower His Mercy upon him) says: We’ve seen such people who on entering the mosque would shiver and their faces would pale out of awe of Allah Most High. They would forget everything about worldly affairs.
We have been ordered to build mosque in a grand manner and keep them clean. Mosques are themselves sacred and those who come there are also blessed. Mosques are beloved and those who come there are also beloved. Allah fulfills the needs of those are busy in Salaat. They are in the mosque, but Allah fulfills their needs. Allah loves the person who loves the mosque. Those whose hearts are attached to the mosque will be under the shade of the throne of Allah Most High (‘Arsh) and they will cross the bridge (Sirat) in those very mosques.
Hadhrat Abu Sadiq Raazi (May Allah shower His Mercy upon him) says: Make sitting in the mosque compulsory on yourself, as they are those places where the Prophets (May peace be upon them) would sit.
When you see a person who is always busy in taking care of the mosque or who often sits in the mosque, then testify that that person is a true believer.
When Allah loves a person, He makes him an attendant and guardian of the Mosque
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Allah trashes 40 years worth of good deeds of the person who speaks of worldly things inside the mosque. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) also said: Angels complain about the foul mouths of those who backbite in mosques.
Hadhrat Ahnaf bin Ayub (May Allah shower His Mercy upon him) would consider talking in mosque as very bad. Once he was sitting in the Mosque and his servant came to inquire about something. He didn’t reply to him then, but came out of the mosque and then spoke with him.
Donating something to mosques such as means of purification, prayer mats, lamps, etc. is also a form of worship. If a person lights a lamp in the mosque, then as long as the lamp keeps burning, the angels who bear the throne of Allah Most High (‘Arsh) will keep praying for that person.
Hadhrat Tameem Dari (May Allah be well pleased with him) lit a lamp in Masjid Nabawi. Pleased with it, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: You illuminated My mosque. May Allah illuminate the mosque of your heart! If any of my daughters were unmarried, I would have married them off to you.
Allah cleans the Self (Nafs) of the filth of sins of that person who removes a malodorous thing from the mosque.
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Give glad tidings to those who go to the mosque in dark nights that on the Day of Judgment, they will be given torches of radiance. Others will be trembling with fear, but these people will be content and happy, as 2 fears, fear of this world and fear of hereafter are never united. Those who bore the fear of darkness in this world will not have fear in the next. Satan has less effect on those who frequent the mosque. Mosques are fortresses for staying safe from Satan.
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) also said: I want to pray for punishment for the people of the earth, but 3 things dissipate my anger. (1) Those who recite the Holy Quran and listen to it. (2) Those who serve the mosques. (3) The innocent children of the Muslims.
The mosques seem radiant to the dwellers of the heavens the way stars seem radiant to us.
A person who goes to the mosque to offer the 5 daily Salaat gets the reward of striving in the path of Allah (Jihaad) and on every coming to the mosque, a mansion is built in paradise for them. One virtue is given for every step taken towards the mosques, one sin is effaced and the (spiritual) status of that person is raised by 1 degree.
One should place the right foot first when entering the mosque and should recite the following supplication:
Transliteration: Allahummaf Tahlee Abwaba Rahmatik.
When stepping out of the mosque, one should put out the left foot first and recite:
Transliteration: Allahumma Innee Asaluka Min Fadhlik.
Anecdote: Once Hadhrat Sufyan Thauri (May Allah shower His Mercy upon him) mistakenly placed his left leg first when entering the mosque, a voice spoke from a corner of the mosque: O bull! Where are you barging in? Hadhrat humbly repented for his act immediately and as an admonitory, he permanently added, “Thauri,” which means bull-like, to his name. Did you notice how important the etiquettes of the mosque are and how Allah reprimands His friends. Even now, these reprimands are being given but alas that we are not able to understand them. Not only do we barge into the mosques like bulls, but end up doing many useless things there as well.
Performing ablution and waiting in the mosque for congregational Salaat is like offering Salaat itself. Angels pray for forgiveness and divine mercy for that person. When a Salaat is offered with congregation, it is rewarded 27 times over. When you offer all the 5 Salaat in the mosque with congregation, you get the reward of 13500 Salaat. The details of this are that initially 50 Salaat were ordained. With the counsel of Hadhrat Moosa (May peace be upon him) and the intercession of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), they were reduced to 5. The Lord Almighty said: It is an axiom of ours that no rule is changed. You offer 5 Salaat, the reward of 50 Salaat will be given. This is also axiomatic that every virtue is rewarded 10 times over. Thus, 10 x 27 x 50 equals 13500. What mercy of Allah! Even after this if a person does not offer Salaat with congregation, then how wretched that person is. The earlier nations did not enjoy this consideration. This is only for the sake of the Holy Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). Bounties are being showered. Alas that no one is there to gather them.
For the one who donates prayer mats for the mosque, 70,000 angels pray for that person’s forgiveness until those prayer mats become unusable. Houses are readies in paradise for the people who participate in the construction of the mosque. The dilapidated state of the grand mosque of Nuldarg and the disregard of the Muslims forced me to move my friends. It is the grace of Allah that His wish was accomplished through me. Otherwise, whomever He wants He gets them to do His bidding. May Allah grant great rewards to all those who participated in this.
[Excerpted from Mawaaiz-e-Hasana, Vol. 1 of Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan]