Visiting Masjid Al Haram in Makkah is a golden opportunity in the lives of every Muslim. Every Muslim yearns to visit the Grand Masjid of Makkah Al Mukarramah. While visiting the Masjid Al Haram, one must follow the proper etiquettes in order to maintain its decorum and sanctity.
There are etiquettes to be followed, no matter which mosque one enters upon. However, the supremacy of Masjid Al Haram naturally makes it a priority.
- Maintaining purity within ourselves:
Demonstrate your eagerness by wearing neat and clean clothes, when visiting the masjid.
Ensure that your body and clothes are clean and pure. If you have eaten garlic, onions, etc., do not go to the mosque, until the odor from your mouth has vanished.Jaabir Ibn ‘Abdullaah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “He who has eaten garlic or onion should keep away from us or our mosques. Whoever eats garlic or onions should stay away from us” – or he said: “from our mosque” – “and he should remain at his home.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The aforementioned hadith shows that a person who has eaten a garlic or onion (or anything similar to that) should stay away, lest it cause discomfort to the other fellow believers due to its pungent smell.
To enter with the right foot and recite the supplication of entering the mosque:
How many of us have memorized the supplication for entering the masjid? If you’ve not yet, then it is the high time to commit the supplication to mind.
It is highly recommended, when entering Al-Masjid Al-Haraam, like other mosques, to supplicate with the following beautiful supplication:
I seek refuge with Allah, the Most Great, and with His bounteous Countenance and eternal Power from Satan the expelled (from the mercy of Allah). All perfect praise be to Allah. O Allah, send blessings and peace upon Muhammad and upon his family. O Allah, forgive my sins and open the gates of Your mercy before me.
Then, one should say, “In the Name of Allah,” and proceed with the right foot to enter the masjid. In this way we not only follow the sunnah of our beloved Messenger (Peace be upon him), but also we gain good rewards from Allah (Glory Be To Him)
The prayer of salutations to the Masjid (tahiyyatul masjid):
Another imperative etiquette is performing the two rakah as the tahiyyatul masjid. This is evident from the following hadith.
Abu Qatadah reports that the Messenger of Allah said: “When one of you comes to the mosque, he should pray two rak’at before he sits.” [Fiqh Us Sunnah, Volume 2, Page 70]
The Tahiyyatul Masjid is established to observe the sanctity and greatness of the house of Allah (Glory be to Him). One should not forget to pray the Tahiyyatul Masjid as it is highly recommended.
Spend time in the remembrance of Allah:
Who wouldn’t like to avail the grand opportunity of remembering Allah while in Masjid Al Haram? Of course no one!
- Recite the supplication for leaving the masjid:
“(I exit) In the Name of Allah. O’ Allah! Send Your prayers upon Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and forgive my sins and open the doors of Your grace (to me).”
Our Beloved Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “the markets are the worst places and the masajid are the best places on earth.” (Ibn Majah 1/257)
To conclude, whenever a person visits a mosque, they should observe the etiquettes listed above, as it will Inshallah, be a means of increasing their good deeds and earning the favor of Allah.