FAQ

Al-Qur’ân Al-Kareem states that "The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, and practices regular (Zakaat) charity, and fear none (at all) except Allah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance." (9:17)

A masjid (mosque) is a place of worship.  There are guidelines to be followed based on the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet, SAW.

Welcome to the Muslim Association of Puget Sound Masjid Ar-Rahmah and Community Center.  We hope that you enjoy your visit with us and continue to bless us with your presence and your support.  You are encouraged to participate in the many activities that take place in our facility.  Before coming, however, you may have some questions.  Please see these most frequently asked questions and reminders.  If you have a question that is not covered here, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

How should I dress when I visit Masjid Ar-Rahmah (MAPS)?

Muslim men and women dress modestly.  When visiting Masjid Ar-Rahman, men should dress according to the event in formal or semi-casual dress.  No shorts, sleeveless shirts, or message bearing t-shirts.  The bottom of their shirts should extend below the top of the pants at all times.  Women’s dress, similarly, should be formal or semi-casual.  Their clothes should cover the entire body except for the face and hands.  A head covering should be observed.  Our non-Muslim visitors are asked to dress modestly.

 

How do Muslims greet each other?

Muslims greet each other with As-Salaamu-Alaikum (Arabic for ‘peace be with you’) and a smile!  Hugging, kissing, or shaking hands with the opposite sex are not appropriate.  Please be respectful of customs of modesty among members of our community.

 

Are children welcome at Masjid Ar-Rahmah?

Children and youth are an important part of our community and we welcome and enjoy their presence.  Many of our activities are geared toward children and families.  However, please remember that parents are responsible for supervising their own children and youth at all times.  During juma’ah, Ramadan night prayers, and other events requiring audience attention, crying infants and children too young to sit quietly should be taken to the mother/infant or father/infant room.  Your children should be under your supervision at all times.  This is a large building in an industrial neighborhood.  Please keep the safety of your children uppermost in your mind and keep them in your sight.

Please leave strollers in your car so that hallways can stay clear and safe.  On some occasions, child care service is provided for a nominal fee.  If this service is available, it will be announced in advance.

 

Who is responsible for cleaning the building and grounds?

While we have staff to handle basic maintenance and overall cleaning, we rely on our community members and visitors to help keep the mosque, center and grounds clean.  Please pick up after yourself and your children.  Return items to their proper place.  Wipe down counters and bathroom areas after use and deposit paper and other garbage into garbage cans.  Before entering the musallah, place your shoes neatly on the racks.

 

Are there special rules for the prayer area?

Cleanliness is necessary to enter the mosque prayer area.  Please place your shoes on the shoe racks before entering. Don’t forget to turn off your cell phones before entering!  Men pray in a designated area towards the front of the musallah, women pray in the designated area towards the rear of the musallah.  During large events, please pay special attention to the designated crowd control notices and the direction of our volunteers.  By not talking during khutbahs and lectures, you allow others to gain the full benefit of the speaker.  If you wish to visit with a friend or need to have a conversation, please be courteous of others and step outside.

 

Is parking available at MAPS?

MAPS has a parking lot surrounding the building which is adequate for day-to-day events.  However, for Juma’ah parking and other larger events, please follow the directions of our volunteers for overflow parking.  Please do NOT park in neighboring business’ parking lots unless otherwise is directed by volunteers, and do not block or obstruct other cars.