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Nov 21st, 2006, 05:01 AM #1----
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From time to time we all need a REMINDER:
WHAT IS "RESPECT of the MOSQUE" ??
READ the following carefully and pay attention !! for your own
The best portion of the earth in the sight of ALLAH is that upon
which a MOSQUE is raised,
The distinctive feature of the devotee of ALLAH is his LOVE for the
ASK NOT WHAT THE MOSQUE CAN DO FOR YOU: ASK YOURSELF WHAT HAVE YOU
DONE FOR THE HOUSE OF ALLAH.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said : " On that terrific day of doom, when
there will be no shade, THE MAN WHOSE HEART IS DEVOTED TO THE MOSQUE
will rest under the shade of Heaven ". (Bukhari).
Go to the Mosquein a state of fear and trepidation. Say
'Assalam-o-Aalaikum' on entering the mosque. Sit down quietly and
pray in such a manner that your Heart should be filled with the awe
of the Greatness and Glory of ALLAH. Those who enter the Mosque
laughing and talking are careless and impudent. The hearts of such
people are devoid of the fear of GOD. Enter his HOUSE with with
great humility and a purpose in mind to WORSHIP him, and HIM alone.
Shun all your other ulterior motives.
Sit down in the MOSQUE in PEACE and avoid worldly talk. To shout or
make a noise, to cut a joke and raise laughter, to discuss the
Bazaar rates, to comment on the world affairs, or to strike business
deals in the Mosque is a sacrilage.
Treat the MOSQUE as a sole place of DIVINE WORSHIP: Limit its use
for the purpose of offering devotions to GOD only.
On entering the Gate of the Mosque it becomes obligatory upon you to
indulge in prayers, engage in the remembrance of ALLAH and recite
the HOLY QURAN.
Donot use the MOSQUE as a thoroughfare.
Shut your cell phones or put them on the vibrate mode
Put your beepers on the vibrate mode
Stack your shoes on the shoe-shelves
Donot waste paper towels or toilet papers
Keep the bath-rooms clean
Donot put notices on the WALLS
Listen to the public announcements carefully
Pay attention to the parking regulations
Respect your Mosque neighbours
Donate generously to the Mosque funds
Donot litter the Mosque grounds
Your children are your asset- donot loose them in the mosque
RESPECT THE HOUSE OF ALLAH:
ASK YOURSELF EVERY NIGHT BEFORE SLEEP " WHAT GOOD DID I DO TODAY FOR
THE HOUSE OF ALLAH ?"
Reference - ICLI, NYDifference between God and humankind: God can say, 'be', and it becomes, but humankind has to act on what it says.