As ambassadors of Islam it is important generally, when attending public functions and in particular when attending the Mosque, that Muslims present themselves in a tidily dressed and clean manner regardless of the style of dress.
Bad body odours as well as disagreeable ones caused by eating or cooking with onions or garlic, spices and such like can be generally offensive to others. It is important therefore to take note of the Islamic requirements about general cleanliness and those specific to attendance at the Mosque.
Worshippers should always be mindful that the Mosque is primarily a place of worship and that raising the voice, pushing or shoving, disregarding general etiquettes, loitering, indulging in idle talk and using the premises to conduct business transactions are not recommended.
For all Muslims, male and female the reward for praying the five daily Prayers collectively in the Mosque, or any other designated place, is twenty seven that of praying alone. Collective or congregational prayer means joining with the other worshippers and standing together (if unable to stand one should sit or kneel) shoulder to shoulder in straight lines making sure that each line from the front is complete and unbroken.
It is recommended that when leaving the place of prayer one should not walk directly in front of a person who is praying but leave sufficient space (at least the length of a prayer mat) so as to avoid distracting their prayer.
When praying some optional prayers individually it is best to find a position where inconvenience to others who may be entering or leaving the Mosque is minimised. Ideally it is best to place something ie. your jacket, a holdall or briefcase, a chair or parcel on the floor just in front of where the forehead rests while in the prostration position which acts as a barrier and in front of which people may pass with ease.
Women have an established right to attend the Mosque and are encouraged to gain the rewards of collective prayer. It is a sad fact that some Mosques, following cultural practices or erroneous interpretations of Islam, have and continue to make none or very poor efforts at providing women’s prayer areas. Others, driven by the correct interpretations and understanding of Islam, have admirably addressed this requirement providing highly acceptable standards for women.
It is best to enquire locally about the Mosque(s), the provisions made at each for collective prayer, opportunities for learning and studying Islam, women’s facilities, and any other services you feel ought to be available.
The fact that nothing of this nature exists at the Mosque should not be taken a evidence that none of these services exist in the community. Efforts towards education and developing Islam are not always facilitated by the Mosque and are often located at a local community or women's centers so it is best to make enquiries from individuals within the community to find something you feel is suitable for your needs.
Tuesday 21st of May 2013