x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Remember to respect your mosque

Mosques have ethics that should be followed and respected, says this week's Friday Sermon.

Mosques have virtues that must be respected and ethics that must be followed, this week's sermon reminds worshippers.

"Mosques are the shelter of believers and home for the pious. To them the worshippers' hearts attach and therein Muslims devote themselves," says the sermon.

Mosques are also places to spread knowledge and the teachings of Islam.

A verse from the Quran says: "O you who have believed, when [the Adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumuaa [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew."

Moreover, people find inner peace and purity inside mosques.

"The dearest parts on the face of the earth near Allah are its mosques," said the Prophet Mohammed.

Among the merits of visiting a mosque are the rewards one receives for doing so.

"Indeed, Muslims will get due recompense for every step they do for their comings and goings to and from the mosque," continues the sermon, "so whoever does ablution and heads to the house of Allah for attending a congregational prayer, Allah will double his good deeds and cross out his misdeeds as many steps as he has walked."

The high status enjoyed by mosques means they should be kept clean and neat and should be built near houses.

Worshippers should wear their best clothes and put on their best manners before visiting the houses of Allah.

Codes of ethics include not disturbing others by talking or reciting in a loud voice, keeping mobile phones on silent and taking care not to step on people who are praying.

hdajani@thenational.ae