The Exalted Status of the Masjid in Islam Part 3

Encouragement to Go to the Masaajid for Prayer:

From Abee Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu), from the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) who said, “Whosoever performs the wudoo‘ (ablution), doing it perfectly, then he leaves embarking for the Prayer, then he is in Prayer as long as he is going for the Prayer. And for one step that he takes a reward is written for him and for another step an evil deed is wiped away. So when one of you hears the iqaamah (call to establish the Prayer), then he has no choice. So the individual with the greatest reward is the one with the farthest house.” They said, “Why O Abaa Hurayrah?” He replied, “It is due to him having the most steps.” [1]

From Salmaan (radiyallaahu ’anhu) who said, ‘The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no Muslim who performs the wudoo‘ (ablution), doing it perfectly, except that he is a visitor of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic. And the right of the one who visits Allaah is that He honours his visitor.” [2]

From Abee Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu), from the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) who said, “Allah will prepare for him who goes to the mosque every morning and afternoon for the congregational Prayer an honourable place in Paradise with good hospitality for what he has done every morning and afternoon.” [3]

From Buraydah (radiyallaahu ’anhu), from the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) who said, “Give good tidings of a perfect light on the Day of Judgement to those who walk to the masaajid in darkness.” [4]

From Abee Zareen, from Ibn Umm Maktoom (radiyallaahu ’anhu) who said, ‘I came to the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and I said, “O Messenger of Allaah! I am blind and I live at a great distance away and I do not have a guide to lead me to the Prayer. So do you find a concession for me to pray in my house?” He said, “Do you hear the call to Prayer?” I said, “Yes.” He said, ‘I do not find a concession for you.” [5]

From Abee Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu), from the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) who said, “Shall I not guide you to that by which Allaah wipes away the sins and raises the ranks?” They said, “Certainly, O Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)!” He said, “Completing the ablution when it is a hardship and many steps to the masaajid and waiting for the next Prayer after one Prayer. That is ar-Ribaat, that is ar-Ribaat, that is ar-Ribaat (guarding the frontiers).” [6]

From Abiz-Zubayr who said, ‘I asked Jaabir (radiyallaahu ’anhu), ‘Have you heard the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) saying, ‘A man is in Prayer as long as he is waiting for the Prayer?” He said, “We waited for the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) to come and lead us in the ’Atamah Prayer. [7] So we waited up until it was nearly midnight, or we had reached midnight. Then the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) came and we prayed. Then he said, “Sit, we are going to address you.” So the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Indeed, the people prayed and slept, but you were in Prayer as long as you were waiting for it.” [8]

From Abee Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu), from the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) who said, “There are seven types of people whom Allaah will shade with His shade on the Day in which there is no shade: the just ruler, a youth who grew up in the worship of his Lord, and a man whose heart is attached to the masaajid, two individuals who love each other for the sake of Allaah and come together upon that and depart upon that, a man whom a beautiful woman of high status seduces but he rejects her by saying, “I fear Allaah,” a person who spends in charity and conceals it such that his right hand does not know what his left hand has given, and a person who remembers Allaah in private and his eyes shed tears.” [9]

It has been mentioned about the Scholar of the taabi’een, Sa’eed Ibnul-Musayyib (d.95H) – rahimahullaah – that he did not miss a single opening takbeer in forty years, because he would always pray in the first row in the Prophet’s Masjid. And Wakee’ (d.197H) said, “When al-A’mash (d.148H) was nearly seventy years old, he had not missed a single opening takbeer. And we accompanied him for nearly seventy years and I did not see him make up a single unit of Prayer.” [10]

Endnotes:
[1]: Saheeh: Related by Maalik in al-Muwatta’ (1/33). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Silsilatus-Saheehah (no. 3398).
[2]: Hasan: Related by at-Tabaraanee in al-Mu’jamul-Kabeer (no. 6010). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (no. 322).
[3]: Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 662), Muslim (no. 1469) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 10616).
[4]: Saheeh li Ghayrihi: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 561) and at-Tirmidhee (no. 223). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (no. 315).
[5]: Hasan Saheeh: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 552), Ibn Maajah (no. 792), Ibn Khuzaymah (no. 1480) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 15571). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (no. 429).
[6]: Related by Muslim (no. 508) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 7208).
[7]: Imaam al-Bukhaaree (d.256H) – rahimahullaah – said, “Chapter: Clarification about the mentioning of al-’Ishaa‘ and al-’Atamah in the narrations.” In this chapter, Imaam al-Bukhaaree comments, “And the chosen position is to say: ’Ishaa‘, due to the statement of Allaah the Exalted, “And after the ’Ishaa‘ Prayer.” [Sooratun-Noor 24:58].” Refer to ’Umdatul-Qaari‘ Sharh Saheehil-Bukhaaree (5/59) of Badrud-Deen al-’Aynee.
[8]: Saheeh: Related by Ibn Maajah (no. 684) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 12637). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Silsilatus-Saheehah (no. 2368).
[9]: Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 660), Muslim (3/93) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 9663).
[10]: Refer to Sifatus-Safwah (2/69) of Ibnul-Jawzee.

Translation by Maaz Qureshi

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