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As Muslims, we are taught to observe certain etiquette and manners when entering and leaving the Masjid. When we enter the Masjid, we should say a specific dua (supplication) to seek Allah’s blessings and guidance. Similarly, when we leave the Masjid, we should also recite a dua to seek Allah’s protection and ask for His forgiveness.
The dua to recite when leaving the Masjid is known as the dua for leaving the Masjid or dua al-istiftah. It is a short and simple dua that is easy to memorize and recite. The dua goes as follows:
بِسْمِ اللّهِ وَالصَّلاَةُ وَالسَّلاَمُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللّهِ، اَللَّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْـلِكَ، اَللَّهُـمَّ اعْصِمْنِـي مِنَ الشَّيْـطَانِ الرَّجِـيمِ.
Bismil-lah wassalatu wassalamu AAala rasoolil-lah, allahumma innee as-aluka min fadlik, allahumma iAAsimnee minash-shaytanir-rajeem.
In the name of Allah, and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah. O Allah, I ask You from Your favour. O Allah, guard me from the accursed devil.
Muslim: 1:494, Ibn Majah: 1:129
This dua is a powerful reminder of our relationship with Allah and our constant need for His forgiveness and guidance. By reciting this dua, we acknowledge our sins and shortcomings and seek Allah’s forgiveness and mercy.
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why it is important to recite
There are several reasons why it is important to recite this dua when leaving the Masjid. These are the following:
- It serves as a reminder that we have just spent time in the house of Allah, where we have prayed and sought His guidance. We should be grateful for this opportunity and use it to reflect on our faith and our relationship with Allah.
- Reciting this dua when leaving the Masjid is a way of seeking Allah’s protection and guidance as we return to our daily lives. The world outside the Masjid is full of distractions and temptations, and it is easy to forget our faith and our connection with Allah. By reciting this dua, we ask Allah to protect us from the evils of the world and guide us on the right path.
- Reciting this dua when leaving the Masjid is a way of seeking Allah’s forgiveness and mercy. We are all sinners, and we make mistakes every day. By seeking Allah’s forgiveness, we acknowledge our shortcomings and seek His mercy and guidance to help us become better Muslims.
Etiquettes and Manners
In addition to reciting this dua, there are other etiquettes and manners that we should observe when leaving the Masjid. These include:
- Walking calmly and respectfully: We should not rush or push our way out of the Masjid. Instead, we should walk calmly and respectfully, remembering that we are still in a sacred place.
- Saying salaam: It is recommended to say salaam to those around us as we leave the Masjid. This is a way of showing respect and kindness to our fellow Muslims.
- Making dua for the Masjid and its occupants: Before leaving the Masjid, we should make dua for the Masjid and its occupants. This is a way of showing gratitude for the opportunity to pray in the Masjid and seeking Allah’s blessings for its occupants.
Reciting the dua for leaving the Masjid is an important part of our Islamic etiquette and manners. By reciting this dua, we seek Allah’s forgiveness and guidance, and we acknowledge our constant need for His mercy and protection. As Muslims, we should strive to observe these etiquettes and manners when leaving the Masjid, and we should use this time to reflect on our faith and our relationship with Allah. May Allah guide us and help us become better Muslims who seek His pleasure and mercy. Ameen.