Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.067.

Section : The earth as a mosque.Allah the Exalted has conferred a special blessing upon this ummah - that is, the whole earth has been declared a mosque for it. Therefore, when the time for prayer comes, a Muslim may pray wherever he may be. Abu Zharr asked the Prophet, "What was the first mosque … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.067.

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Section : The excellence of building mosques.'Uthman reports that the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said: "Whoever builds for Allah a mosque, seeking by it Allah's grace, Allah will build for him a house in paradise." This is related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.Ibn 'Abbas reports that the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said: "Whoever builds for Allah … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.067A.

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Section : Supplications while going to the mosque.It is sunnah to make supplications while going to the mosque. The following are examples of such supplications:Umm Salamah reports: "When the Messenger of Allah left the house he would say: 'In the name of Allah, I put my trust in Allah. O Allah, I seek refuge in … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.067B.

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Section : Supplications upon entering and leaving the mosques.It is a sunnah for one who wants to enter the mosque to enter with his right foot first and to say: "I seek refuge in Allah, the Exalted, and by His honorable face, and in His everlasting authority, [away] from the outcast Satan. In the name … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.069.

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Section : The excellence of proceeding to the mosque to attend salah.Abu Hurairah reports that the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said: "If anyone goes back and forth to the mosque [to attend the prayers], Allah will prepare for him a feast in paradise as often as he goes back and forth." This is related by … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.069A.

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Section : Three most excellent mosques.Jabir reports that the Messenger of Allah said: "Prayer in the inviolable mosque [in Makkah] is like 100,000 prayers [elsewhere]. And prayers in my mosque [in Medinah] is like one thousand prayers [elsewhere]. And a prayer in Bait al-Maqdis [in Jerusalem] is like five hundred prayers [elsewhere]. This is related … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.070A.

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Section : Embellishing the Mosques.Anas reports that the Messenger of Allah said: "The Hour will not come to pass until the people vie with each other in (building) the mosques." This is related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, anNasa'i, Ibn Majah, and Ibn Hibban who calls it sahih. Ibn Khuzaimah's wording is: "A time will come … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.070B.

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Section : Keeping the mosques clean and scenting them.'Aishah reports that the Prophet ordered that mosques be built in residential areas and that they be cleaned and perfumed. This is related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmizhi, Ibn Majah, and Ibn Hibban with a good chain. Abu Dawud's wording is: "He ordered us to build the … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.071.

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Section : Maintaining the Mosques.The Mosques are houses of worship and it is obligatory to keep them clean and free of filth and noxious smells.Muslim records that the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said: "These mosques are not meant for urine or filth but they are for the remembrance of Allah and the recital of the … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.071A.

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Section : Prohibition of announcing lost objects, trading or reciting poetry in the mosques.Abu Hurairah reports that the Messenger of Allah said: "If you hear a man announcing in the mosque about some object which he has lost tell him: 'May Allah not return it to you for the mosques are not built for that."' … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.072.

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Section : Raising one's voice in the mosque.It is forbidden to raise one's voice in such a way that it disturbs others' prayers, even if it is done while reciting the Qur'an. Teaching or imparting knowledge (to others) is exempt from this prohibition.Ibn 'Umar relates that the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam entered upon some people … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.072B.

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Section : Talking in the mosque.An-Nawawi says: "It is permissible to engage in lawful conversation in the mosque and one may discuss worldly affairs and other things and even laugh, as long as it is about something permissible. This opinion is based on the hadith of Jabir ibn Samurah who said: 'The Prophet would not … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.073.

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Section : Permission to eat, drink, or sleep in the mosque.Ibn 'Umar says: "During the time of the Messenger of Allah, we would sleep and take nap in the mosque, and at that time, we were young men."An-Nawawi said: "It is confirmed that ahl as-suffah, 'Ali, Sufyan ibn Umayyah, and a number of the companions … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 2, Supererogatory Prayer, Fiqh 2.073A.