Q: Does the following Hadeeth have any weaknesses attached to it?
Wathila Ibn Al-Asqa’ (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Keep away from your masjids your children, your lunatics, your buying, your selling, your disputes, raising your voices, implementation of your hudood and withdrawing of your swords. Make provision at its doors for fulfilling needs of purity; and perfume it with incense on Fridays.” (Sunan Ibn Maaja, hadith 750)
If so, can it still be used for advising/preventing toddlers from coming to the masjid?
A: Yes, when in principle we are asked to respect and clean the musjid then this is an established rule of the musjid. This will come out from the same rules. Whether this hadeeth is authentic or not, the fact remains that this rule still applies.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)