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Need Some Motivation to go to the Masjid?

June 7, 2008

http://mustaqeem.wordpress.com/2008/06/07/masjid/

Here is a small compilation of hadith that are an encouragement, Insha'Allah, for one to attend the congregational prayer in the Masjid. The ahadith are broken into two categories (the ones that invoke hope and the ones that invoke fear) followed by a few statements of the sahabah (companions of the Prophet).

Firstly, the ahadith that invoke hope:

"Whoever goes to the mosque not desiring except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj." [at-Tabarani, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani]

"Whoever leaves his home in a state of purity to perform obligatory prayer, his reward is like that of a pilgrim (while) in the state of ihram [i.e. he receives reward similar to that of spending time in ihram during Hajj]." [Abu Dawud, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani]

"He who prays Isha' in Jama'ah [congregation] is as if he has prayed for half the night. As to him who (also) prays Fajr in congregation, it is as if he has prayed all night." [narrated by Malik and the wording is that of Muslim who also reported it]

"Prayer in congregation is superior to praying individually twenty-seven times." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

"Whoever goes to the mosque not desiring except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj." [at-Tabarani, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani]

And now the ahadith that invoke fear:

"The heaviest salat for the hypocrite is that of Isha' à and Fajr and if they knew what was in them they would have attended them even if it meant crawling, and I have a strong desire to order the salat to be established, then order a man to lead the people in salat then I would go with some men carrying bundles of wood to a people not attending the salat and burn their houses on them." [al-Bukhari and Muslim, this is the version of Muslim]

"Whosoever hears the call to salat, and does not respond, then there is no salat for him unless he has a valid excuse." [Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah, classified as legit by al-Albaani]

"There are not three in a town where no Athan is called, and congregational prayers are not established amongst them except that the Shaitan will overcome them, so you must stick to jamaa'ah because the wolf gets the stray one." [Abu Dawud and Ahmed, authentic]

Want a few sahabah statements?

Abu Asha'a'thaa'a Al-Muharibi said: We were sitting in the Masjid (mosque) then the Mu'adhin (the one that makes the call to prayer) made the call to prayer. Then a man got up from the Masjid walking. Abu Huraira followed him with his sight until he left the Masjid. Then Abu Huraira said "as for this person he has disobeyed Abal Qasim (the Messenger) ." [Muslim]

Ibn Mas'ood, Abu Musa Al-Ash'ary, Ali, Abu Huraira, Ayesha, and Ibn Abbas have stated, "Whoever hears the call to salat and does not answer, there is no salat for him unless he has a valid excuse."

Abdullah ibn Masud said, "And there is not a man amongst you that purifies himself (yatatahhar), and does so properly, then directs himself to one of these mosques except that Allah will write for him with each step he takes a hasanah (merit), and raises him a grade, and drops from him a sayyi'ah (demerit). And I have seen us, where not one of us would stay behind from prayer in congregation except for a hypocrite whose hypocrisy is known. And one that could not come on his own would be carried between two men until he is stood in the row.

These are not my words, only the words of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) and his beloved companions!
Sources:
www.islamqa.com and www.islaam.com



  

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