| Azlan Othman |
MUSLIMS were urged to dress decently and avoid talking when performing the mass Friday prayer, as it is unacceptable to be sloppily dressed when praying to Allah the Almighty, said Imams yesterday.
“Although etiquette of dressing is never the determining factor in judging whether our pra-yers are valid or not; nevertheless it would be advisable for all of us to shun indecent and careless dressing, such as that of wearing T-shirts with outlandish patterns, pictures and improper wordings, or even filthy and foul-smelling clothes that disturb and distract the prayers of the rest of the congregants… Just as we would like to pro-ject an attractive and clean appearance when attending functions or large gatherings, we should strive to be even more neat and presentable when in the presence of Allah.”
All acts of worship are governed by rules and etiquette and the Friday prayer is no exception. When we adhere to these rules of conduct, said the Imams, we will be showered with rewards and a more complete, perfect deed. Some of these rules include taking a bath before going to the mosque, applying perfume as well as donning the finest, cleanest and most appropriate clothing.
As Malay Muslims, the traditional Cara Melayu attire (or ‘Bergamis’) would be the most ideal choice for prayers since it is a true representation of Bruneian identity.
The Imams added that there are also those who are heedless to the importance of the Friday ser-mon and prefer instead to indulge in irrelevant talk while the sermon is being given.
Furthermore, congregants should come early to the mosque on Friday. Indeed, the benefits for those who perform the Friday prayer vary greatly in terms of their hour of arrival to the mosque. Let it be known that at every door of the mosque on that day, there stand two angels who write down the names of those who come to the mosque in the order of their time of arrival.