The Exalted Status of the Masjid in Islam Part 2

Encouragement to Build and Establish Masaajid:

Allaah the Mighty and Majestic said,

The masaajid of Allaah are only to be maintained by those who believe in Allaah and the Last Day and establish Prayer and give zakaat and do not fear except Allaah, for it is expected that those will be of the rightly guided.” [Sooratut-Tawbah 9:18]

From ’Alee Ibn Abee Taalib (radiyallaahu ’anhu) who said, ‘The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whosoever builds a masjid for Allaah from his wealth, then Allaah will build a house for him in Paradise.” [1]

From Anas (radiyallaahu ’anhu) that the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whosoever builds a masjid for Allaah, regardless of whether it is large or small, then Allaah will build a house for him in Paradise.” [2]

From Ibn ’Abbaas (radiyallaahu ’anhu), that the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whosoever builds a masjid for Allaah, even if it is made from the material that birds use to make their nests, then Allaah will build for him a house in Paradise.” [3]

Imaam Muhammad Ibn ’Alee ash-Shawkaanee (d.1250H) – rahimahullaah – said, “This proves that the aforementioned reward is for building and establishing the masjid, not merely for taking the earth as a place of Prayer.” [4]

From Anas (radiyallaahu ’anhu) that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Indeed, Allaah will call out on the Day of Judgement, “Where are My neighbors? Where are My neighbors?” So the Angels will reply, “Our Lord, who is fit to be Your neighbor?” So Allaah will say, ‘Where are those who established the masaajid?” [5]

Note:

We intend by all of the above the masaajid of Ahlus-Sunnah, where Tawheed and Sunnah are observed, not the masaajid of the people of innovation which only corrupt the ‘aqeedah of Islam in truth. Shaykh ’Ubayd Ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Jaabiree (hafidhahullaah) has stated, “I advise these youth from the Salafis to pray with their brothers from the Salafis and not to go to the people of innovation, because this will increase their numbers and strengthen them against the people of the Sunnah.” [6]

Endnotes:
[1]: Saheeh: Related by Ibn Maajah (no. 737). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah (no. 736).
[2]: Saheeh: Related by at-Tirmidhee (no. 319), Aboo Ya’laa in his Musnad (no. 3960) and at-Tabaraanee in Mu’jamul-Awsat (no. 1896). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (1/66).
[3]: Saheeh: Related by Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 2157). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (1/66).
[4]: Refer to Naylul-Awtaar (2/156) of ash-Shawkaanee.
[5]: Jayyid: Related by Ibn Hajr in al-Mataalibul-’Aaliyah (no. 391) and al-Haythamee in Bughyatul-Baahith (no. 125). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Silsilatus-Saheehah (6/512).
[6]: Refer to the audio recordings of Masjid Rahmah’s ’Umrah trip, 2008CE, as translated by Abul-Hasan Maalik Ibn Aadam on SalafiTalk.Net

Translation by Maaz Qureshi

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