Muslims reminded of proper etiquette at Friday prayers

Muslims reminded of proper etiquette at Friday prayers

Muslims were reminded to be mindful of their etiquette during prayers and while listening to the Friday sermon to achieve full blessings.

During the sermon, imams across the nation highlighted the need for proper clothing and hygiene, punctuality and not to be negligent in offering supplications after the prayers.

"Although the etiquette of dressing is never the determining factor in judging whether our prayers are valid or not, it would be advisable for all of us to shun indecent and careless dressing such as wearing T-shirts with outlandish patterns, pictures and improper wordings or even filthy and foul-smelling clothes," said the imams, adding that improper attire would distract and disturb other congregants.

"We should strive to be even more presentable and neat in the presence of Allah SWT," they added.

On punctuality, the sermon urged congregants to come early and perform the niat iktikaf along with the tahiyyatul masjid prayer.

"There is a great bounty to be earned in going early to the mosque, such as being able to occupy our time with iktikaf, reciting Al-Quran, making zikir (remembering Allah) and invoking blessings and salutations on the Prophet," imams reminded the congregants.

Those that come early will also receive greater blessings according to the time they arrive that will be likened to the sacrifice of a camel, a cow, ram, chicken and an egg. Two angels stand at every door of the mosque where they will note down each congregant's time of arrival, said the imams.

"When the imam ascends the pulpit to deliver the sermon, the angels who write the names of those who come to the mosque will close their records in order to listen to the sermon."

"This is therefore a huge loss for the latecomers because not only are they absent on the list of those who will be given rewards as promised, but they have also deprived themselves of the opportunity to multiply their acts of worship," they said, adding that the Friday prayers are only performed once a week, so Muslims should take advantage of the opportunity.

The imams also reminded the congregants to offer their supplications.

"One of the ways to achieve this is to bring ourselves closer to Allah SWT through doa. Doa is the vanguard of our ibadah and the weapon of the believer. It's also the master of all acts of worship because the individual who makes doa unmasks the frailty and vulnerability of his own self, in addition to declaring the power of Allah SWT and his total surrender to Him."

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