Someone asked,”What is the Islamic point-of-view regarding those who attend Friday prayers in the Masjid and fail to attend any other of the daily prayers? Do you have to attend the prayers at the Masjid if time permits?”

ANSWER

Surah An-Naml(26), Verse 26:
اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

“Allah!- there is no god but He!- Lord of the Throne Supreme!”
(English – Yusuf Ali)

(1) Importance of praying daily Salah in Masjid

(a) Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty five times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 646

(b) Even if you are having some business or you are an employee, it is better if you come to masajid and pray in congregation rather than praying alone in your office or your business centre.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The prayer offered in congregation is twenty five times more superior (in reward) to the prayer offered alone in one’s house or in a business center, because if one performs ablution and does it perfectly, and then proceeds to the mosque with the sole intention of praying, then for each step which he takes towards the mosque, Allah upgrades him a degree in reward and (forgives) crosses out one sin till he enters the mosque. When he enters the mosque he is considered in prayer as long as he is waiting for the prayer and the angels keep on asking for Allah’s forgiveness for him and they keep on saying: ‘O Allah! Be Merciful to him, O Allah! Forgive him, as long as he keeps on sitting at his praying place and does not pass wind.

Sahih al-Bukhari 477

(2) Prophet(صلى الله عليه و سلم) ‘s anger for the one who do not attend daily prayer in masajid

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I was thinking of ordering that the iqaamah for prayer be given, then I would tell a man to lead the people in prayer, and I would set out with men carrying bundles of firewood, and go to people who do not attend the prayer and burn their houses down around tprayers.

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (657) and Muslim (651). 

If you have your business centre or working in an office or anything which prevents you to attended daily prayer in masajid, either you should change your business centre near where there is masajid or you should chose an office where the masajid is near or if anything is preventing you to attend daily prayer in masajid you should put your trust in ALLAAH,Azza Wa Jal, try to be near the place where there is masajid so that you may attend daily prayers.

(3) Do you have to attend the prayers at the Masjid if time permits?

Yes, if you miss the fard salah with congregation, if you still have the time for example if you came to masajid for zhur salah after the end of congregation and if there is still time before the zhur time ends, you must hasten to complete salah in masajid.

Abu Huraira reported:

There came to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) a blind man and said: Messenger of Allah, I have no one to guide me to the mosque. He, therefore, asked. Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) permission to say prayer in his house. He (tee Holy Prophet) granted him permission. Then when the man turned away he called him and said: Do you hear the call to prayer? He said: Yes. He (the Prophet then) said: Respond to it.

Sahih Muslim 653

In this above hadith prophet ordered the blind man to “respond the call of prayer” even tough he had no guide to lead the mosque. Now from this hadith you should by now have understood how greater importance the prayer in the mosque have!!!

Alhamdulillah

ALLAAH knows best

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