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Any work should be done with proper calmness, restraint, and grace. Haste and gracelessness is not preferred. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) performed every act with calmness. There is a lengthy Tradition in Sahih Muslim Vol 1, The Book of Funerals, Pg no. 313. Read a small extract out of it, Translation, “ The mother of the believers, Hazrat Aisha Siddiqua (May Allah be well pleased with her) narrates, “ The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) took His cloak slowly; wore His shoes calmly; opened the door slowly, and went out, and closed the door slowly.” 

Slamming the slippers on the ground anywhere or putting them on the ground so loudly that it creates sound is disliked. Such an act in the masjid is disliked all the more. While entering the masjid, while leaving it or while inside the masjid, the manners of the masjid should be kept in mind. No such sound should be made which disturbs the worshippers or those who are busy in remembering Allah SWT (Dhikr); so while removing slippers etc. restraint and calmness should be maintained. These are the rules of all mosques. The manners of the Prophet’s Mosque, Masjid e Nabawi, are even more delicate when compared to other mosques. So, the Hajis and visitors of the Prophet’s sanctuary should keep the status of these holy places in mind when removing slippers etc. They should restrain from such carelessness, so that no act which may be considered as disrespect might be committed; as this might lead to irreversible losses of this world and the hereafter (aakhirah). Especially calling out to some one in Masjid Nabawi; is strictly forbidden and against propriety. This is the mosque in which the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is resting. We should come here as embodiments of propriety (adab). This is that court where raising one’s voice is prohibited. The punishment for doing so is that all acts of worship will be wiped out, and the person will not even realize it, as Allah SWT says, “O believers! Do not raise your voice over the voice of the benevolent Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam); do not converse with Him the way you talk among yourselves, lest your virtuous acts are destroyed without even your realizing it.”-Surah Hujuraat. 

The ruling remains the same even after the Holy Prophet’s passing away into the presence of Allah SWT. There is a Tradition in Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1 The Book of Salaat, pg no.67, Hadith no. 470.
Translation” It has been narrated on the authority of Hazrat Saaib bin yazid (May Allah SWT be well pleased with him), he said, ‘I was standing in Masjid Nabawi, somebody threw a pebble at me to call me. I saw that it was Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (May Allah be well pleased with him). He gestured towards 2 men and wanted me to bring them to him. I took those 2 men to him. He asked them either, ‘Which tribe do you belong to?’ or he said ‘Which area do you belong to?’ They said, ‘We are natives of Taif.’ He said, ‘If you were natives of this city, I would have certainly punished you. You dare to raise your voice in the Prophet’s mosque!’ ” 

Our master Shaykh Ul Islam, Imam Muhammad Anwarullah Farooqui, the founder of Jamia Nizamia, writes in the explanation of this Hadith, “This shows that nobody raised their voice in Masjid Nabawi, and anybody who did so was considered liable to be punished. Only because of this propriety, Hazrat Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him) did not call out to him although Hazrat Saaib (May Allah SWT be well pleased with him) was not far at all, but threw a pebble to attract him. All these manners are only because the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is resting there with eternal life. If it was only because of the propriety of the mosque, it was not necessary to say, “in the Prophet’s mosque…” The second point here is that the punishment was reserved only for the natives of the city, who were well aware of the propriety of the Prophet’s mosque. If it was only for the sake of a mosque, then even the natives of Taif would not have been excused, as there were mosques in Taif too.


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