Time Spent in the Masjid Waiting for Salat
Posted: 15 Muharram 1423, 30 March 2002
|Q.) In our mosque, some people stay behind after completing their
Salat, waiting for the next Salat. During this time they talk about worldly matters
loudly, which occasionally disturbs those who are performing Salat. What is the ruling of
Sharee'ah in this matter. Please oblige us with your reply.
A.) It is a virtuous and commendable act to remain in masjid after one
congregational Salat waiting for the next one, and remaining in the reading of the Qur'an,
remembrance of Allah, etc. during this time. There are numerous virtues for such people in
- Amongst the seven category of people who will be placed under the shade of the Mercy of
Allah on the day of Accounts, when there will be no other shade besides the Mercy of
Allah, is that person whose heart remains in Masjid whilst waiting for the next Salat
after completing one Salat.
- Angels pray for mercy for that person who remains in masjid in the same place where he
performed his Salat in congregation.
- Angels pray for his forgiveness.
- Atonement of sins include remaining in masjid after one Salat waiting for the next
Therefore, brothers who remain in masjid after Salat waiting for the next one are doing
a very virtuous deed, and are on the route to success of next life. If they spend the time
with intention of I'tikaaf and remain engaged in reading Qur'an, zikar, nafl prayers or du'a,
it will be even more virtuous. I make special request to such pious people to pray for a
sinner like me.
On the other hand, those people who spend their time in such blessed place (that is a
Masjid) talking, backbiting or doing something that disturbs others who are praying, it
will result in great harm and sin, just as the virtues are great (for doing good).
Fataawa Aalamgiri mentions among 15 etiquettes of masjid the seventh one as, 'no
worldly talks should be carried out in masjid (page321 vol.5). It is an act of great sin
to talk about worldly matters, backbite or indulge in unnecessary and useless talks. There
are severe warnings in the Hadeeth in this regard: Talking in masjid wipes out good deeds
just as fire destroys wood; or as animals eat away grass. This way all virtues are
destroyed totally. Mosque is the court of Allah, the King of kings, so one should give due
respect, keeping regards for the greatness of the King of kings. Mosque is not a center of
vain talking. In a saying: A time will come on people when they will indulge in worldly
talks and vain talks in masjid, so you must not sit with such people; Allah has no need
for such people. (Bayhaqee)
In conclusion, time in masjid should be spent in worship, etc. and one should save
himself from vain and worldly talks and backbiting. If anyone is doing so, he should be
stopped with great love and respect.
Allah is All Knowing and Giver of guidance.