This question might deliver a hint or partial answer of my other question What is the fiqh ruling on lost property in mosques? and it has some relation with my former question: Do mosques in Islam have a sacredness and how is it defined?. But here I might ask about some more details about the specific ahadith on the topic of "Lost property anouncments in mosques?"

There are some ahadith on this topic like:

  • The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: If anyone hears a man crying out in the mosque about something he has lost, he should say: May Allah not restore it to you, for the mosques were not built for this. (Sahih Muslim, Sunan abi Daowd and Sunan ibn Majah)

  • Sulaiman b. Buraida reported on the authority of his father that when the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had said prayer a man stood up and said:
    Who called for a red camel? (Upon this) the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: May it not be restored to you! The mosques are built for what they are meant. (Sahih Muslim 1 & 2 and Sunan ibn Majah)

These ahadith can be understood as a prohibition for seeking something lost in a mosque and/or for announcing a lost maybe even for raising the voice in a mosque.

  • Which of these possible conclusions actually apply?
  • Are they restricted on doing this inside a mosque?
  • Does this apply for humans too for example a father/mother seeking his/her son/daughter/child who has got lost in the crowd during their stay inside a mosque?


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