Q: What is the ruling
on selling things at the gate of the Masjid (mosque),
especially before and after the Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer, since we have some people who sell things at the gate of the Masjid until the Friday Sermon starts and then enter the Masjid? If the merchandise are Siwak (tooth-cleansing sticks) or perfume, then what is the ruling?
Selling at gate of the Masjid from outside is permissible, if it is done before the second Adhan (call to the prayer) which is called while the Imam is sitting on the pulpit, but if it is after the second Adhan, then it is not allowed, because Allah [Exalted and Sublime be He] prohibited it, saying:
O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salât (prayer) on Friday (Jumu‘ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allâh [Jumu‘ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salât (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing).
(Part No. 13; Page No. 103)
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.