Etiquettes of visiting the mosque

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What etiquette rules do I need to observe when visiting the mosque?

Cell Phones

A ringing cell phone is a distraction to any service at the mosque. Please remember to silence or power off your devices when entering the building.

Talking during prayer

If you need to talk to someone during the prayer (while you are not praying, of course,) please take the conversation outside the prayer hall into the lobby or hallways so as to not distract those who are praying.

Not standing/walking in front of someone praying

If you are walking through the prayer area and come across someone who is praying, please walk behind, instead of in front of the person.

Shaking hands with opposite gender

Islam encourages Muslims to act with respect for others at all times, including their physical bodies. Please be aware that many Muslims do not shake hands with anyone of the opposite gender. That is, men do not shake hands with women, and women do not shake hands with men. Unless he/she extends his/her hand first, it is better to not extend yours.


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