FRIDAY SERMON: Chit-chatting in the Masjid, by Abu Jabir Abdullah

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Ustaz Abu Jabir Abdullah (Penabdul)
Ustaz Abu Jabir Abdullah (Penabdul)

I begin with the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

“And the mosques are for Allaah (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allaah.” Qur’an 72:18

A Masjid is a place of spiritual solace, a learning centre, a house of Allaah where Muslims gather at least five times a day to converse with Him, Exalted be He. For all purposes and intents, a Masjid should be quiet enough and less distractive to allow for spiritual meditation. Any Muslim that understands the concept of Masjid and how it should be used, will surely avoid doing anything that will disturb or annoy other worshippers.

Furthermore, Masajid (Mosques) are the most beloved of places to Allaah, they are houses, which Allaah has ordered to be raised (to be cleaned, and to be honored), in them His Name is glorified. Therefore, it has become incumbent upon the Muslims that they use the Masjid only for the worship of Allaah alone without inventing any new things.

However, the world today has deviated from this reality just as it has deviated from many other realities. The concept of honoring the Masjid and using it as it ought to be used is far becoming a thing of the past. Some Masajids are best described as arena for political debates or rendezvous for business meetings. Voices are being raised in the Masajid and sometimes it gets so loud that devoted worshippers find it difficult to concentrate in their prayers.

Conversely, the Prophet (peace be upon him) cautioned his companions against raising their voices in the masjid even for the obvious reason of reciting the Qur’an. In an authentic narration in the Sunan of Abu Dawud, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Each of you is conversing with his Lord, so do not disturb one another, and do not raise your voices above one another in reciting Qur’an – or in prayer.” In addition, Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa: No one has the right to raise his voice so much when reciting out loud that he disturbs others, such as other worshippers.”

Beloved Muslims, if it is forbidden to raise one’s voice in the Masjid while reciting the Flawless Word of Allaah – Qur’an, then what more of worldly affairs? Sadly, most masaajid (Mosques) are plagued with the anomaly of worshippers discussing businesses, politics, soccer, chatting on the phone, raising their voices over so many worldly affairs contrary to being quiet, meditative and engulfed in spirituality. It constitutes nuisance and causes painful annoyance to other worshippers when someone raises his voice in the masjid without any necessity to do so.

Answering phone calls while raising ones voice in the midst of other worshippers is a common sight in many masaajid (Mosques) today. 

There is a hadith in the Mustadrak of Al-Hakeem Al-Naysaburi which has been authenticated by Al-Dhahabi in al-Talkhees and by al-Albani in al-Saheehah, in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that: “There will come a time when people will sit in circles in the masaajid (mosques) and they will have no concern except this world (they will talk about worldly affairs). Allaah has no need of them so do not sit with them.” 

In conclusion, the words of Ibn al-Haaj in al-Madkhal concerning the manners of the Muslim when he sets out for the masjid, he said: “He should intend to avoid idle talk in the masjid or talking about that which does not concern him, for there is a report that says that speaking in the masjid about anything but the deeds of the Hereafter is like fire in dry wood, it eats up hasanaat (good deeds). So he should take care to avoid that, lest he goes out to engage in trade and comes back having lost everything because of his idle talk.” 

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