Imagine a visitor that enters your home, takes a seat, occupies himself with his personalaffairs, fulfils his need and then leaves without even greeting you..? The consequences of such a visit are obvious! Moreover, what if such behavior is repeateddaily or even weekly?!!
Ironically, it is we ourselves that are the perpetrators of such behaviour and wedon’t even realise it
!Visiting AllahOne who visits the Masjid is described as one who is actually visiting Allah Ta’ala. (Shu’abulIman, hadith:2943, also see Takhreejul Ihya, hadith:408)A Sahabi once entered the Masjid of Rasulullah sallallahu’alaihi wasallam and sat down.Rasulullah sallallahu’alaihi wasallam reprimanded him by enquiring: “What prevented youfrom performing two (rak’ats of salah) before you sat?” The Sahabi radiyallahu’anhureplied: “O messenger of Allah! (I did so because) I observed that you and the rest of thegathering were all seated.” Rasulullah sallallahu’alaihi wasallam then said:
When anyone of you enters the Masjid, he should not sit down until he offerstwo rak’ats of salah.”
(Sahih Muslim, vol.1 pg.248)
Sayyiduna Abu Qatadah radiyallahu’anhu reports that Rasulullah sallallahu’alaihiwasallam once said: “
Fulfil the right of the Masjid.”
The Sahabahradiyallahu’anhum enquired as to what was “the right of the Masjid” Rasulullahsallallahu’alaihi wasallam replied: “
Two rak’ats of Salah before you sit.”
(Sahih Ibn Khuzaimah, 1824; Fathul Bari, vol.1 pg.696, Hadith:444)
These two rak’ats have been termed: “
which translates as: “
Thegreeting of the Masjid”.
The ‘Ulama state that these two rak’ats are in actual fact one’sgreeting to Allah, as the Masajid belong to him.
(Tahtawi, pg.215 ; Shami, vol.2 pg.18).
The extent to which Rasulullah sallallahu’alaihi wasallam emphasised on Tahiyyatul Masjidis evident from the above. In fact some of the scholars are of the opinion that TahiyyatulMasjid is Wajib, although
the correct view is that it is a Sunnah
(Fathul Bari, vol.1 pg.696 ; Shami, vol.2 pg.18)
A sign of Qiyamah The absence of this practice in our society at present is a realization of the Hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu’alaihi wasallam in which he has stated that one of the signs of Qiyamah will be that a man would pass through a Masjid and not perform two rak’ats(Tahiyyatul Masjid).
(Fathul Bari li Ibn Rajab, vol.3 pg.277 ; Majmau’z-zawaid, vol.2 pg.24)
In fact, it is Makruh for one to use the Masjid as a path way.
(Shami, vol.1 pg.656)
Therefore the next time we visit the Masjid, let us be more “
…By doing so, we would be strengthening our bond with Almighty Allah as well as theMasjid, Insha Allah. The Fuqaha (Jurists) have indicated that the Tahiyyatul Masjid will be fulfilled if one offersany Salah (Fard, Sunnah etc.) upon entering the Masjid (before being seated). One mayeven offer this Salah after forgetfully sitting down. (
Shami, vol.2 pg.18)
The Makruh times are excludedAccording to the Hanafi view, if one enters the Masjid at a time in which it is Makruh to