The Danger of Beautifying Mosques and Copies of the Quran

It is reported that Abū Al-Dardāʾ – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

When you adorn your copies of the Qurān and embellish your mosques, destruction will be upon you.

Ibn Al-Mubārak, Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqāʾiq, article 746. Shaykh Al-Albānī stated that the chain of transmission of this narration consists of reliable reporters, except he did not know if the reporter Bakr b. Suwādah had heard directly from Abū Al-Dardāʾ. The narration corroborates a similar ḥadīth reported from the Prophet ﷺ himself. See Al-Ṣaḥīḥah ḥadīth 1351.

Having the Gatherings of Knowledge in the Mosque

It is reported that ʿAlī [b. Abī Ṭālib] – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

The masājid are the sittings of the Prophets, and a protection from Shayṭān.

Al-Ḵaṭīb, Al-Jāmiʿ li-ʾAḵlāq Al-Rāwī #1200.

It is reported that Abū ʾIdrīs Al-Ḵawlānī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

The masājid are the sittings of the noble.

Op. cit. #1201.

It is reported that ʿUmar b. ʿAbd Al-ʿAzīz – Allāh have mercy on him – wrote in his instructions:

Tell the people of knowledge to spread knowledge in the masājid; for the Sunnah had been deadened.

Op. cit. #1202.

The Hated Muezzin

It is reported that a man once came to ‘Abdullāh b. ‘Umar – Allāh be pleased with him – and said:

I love you for Allāh.

Ibn ‘Umar replied:

Then bear witness that I hate you for Allāh!

The man asked, “Why?”

He replied, “Because you sing in your adhān (call to prayer), and you take a wage [for calling it]!”

Al-Ṭabarānī, Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabīr, article 13059; from Shaykh Al-Albānī, Al-Saḥīḥah 1:104, where he grades it authentic.

Umar’s Instructions on the First Night of Ramadan

It is reported that on the first night of Ramaḍān, ‘Umar – Allāh be pleased with him – would pray Maghrib, then say (to the people):

Sit down. Then he would give a small address: Verily the fasting of this month has been made a duty upon you, and standing in night prayer has not been made a duty upon you, but those amongst you who can stand in prayer should do so, for it is from the extra good deeds about which Allāh told us: so whoever cannot stand in prayer, let him sleep on his bed.

And beware of saying: I will fast if so and so fasts and I will stand in night prayer if so and so stands in prayer. Whoever fasts or stands in night prayer, he must make this for Allāh. And you should know that you are in prayer as long as you are waiting for a prayer.

Minimize any vain or false speech in the houses of Allāh (mosques; he said this two or three times). Let none of you fast a few days before the month (in order to avoid missing the beginning of the month; he said this three times). And do not fast until you see [the crescent of the new month] unless it is overcast. If it is overcast, count [the previous month] as 30 days. Then do not break your fasts until you see the night upon the mountain (i.e. you are sure the sun has set).

‘Abd Al-Razzāq Al-Ṣan’ānī, Al-Muṣannaf article 7748.

Going to the mosque when fasting

Abul-Mutawakkil Al-Nājī reports:

When Abū Hurayrah and his companions fasted, they would sit in the mosque and say, “let us purify our fast.”

Hunād b. Al-Sarī, Kitāb Al-Zuhd, article 1207