">Do mosques have special rules? – The IAS

Do mosques have special rules?

Men and women should dress conservatively when visiting a mosque, covering their arms and legs. Examples of inappropriate clothing would be shorts, short skirts, and tank tops. Shoes are removed before entering the prayer area. Talking is not permitted during the sermon (khutba) on Fridays. Talking is discouraged during the call to prayer (adhan). Muslims who are praying cannot talk or be interrupted until they’ve finished. However, other people who are not praying can talk silently. One should not walk in front of someone who is praying. When prayers are not taking place, everyone is free to talk and interact respectfully as one would in any religious institution.