You live close to a masjid and you feel too lazy to pray there? No judgement, you probably do not know the amazing benefits of praying in congregation. Let me help you with that.
#1. Praying in a congregation is better than praying individually
The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said, “Prayer in congregation is superior to prayer alone by twenty seven degrees.” [Bukhari & Muslim, from Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him)]. Just imagine how much reward is in that!
#2. To foster unity
Imagine if all Muslims just sat in their homes and never saw one another or never truly interacted? Or perhaps we only meet one another at work and celebrations. How would we know one another? How would we help one another? By praying congregationally, five times daily, we will become more united in deen. The love will grow and so will our faith God willing. What better place to interact with your brothers than the house of Allah?
#3. A test of faith
The truth is, going to the masjid is not easy because we have to stop whatever we are doing to make it. That is why only those whose faith is strong can. And of course we all want to be people who are close to Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When you see a man frequenting the mosque, testify that he is a believer because Allah says: `Allah’s mosques are visited only by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day.” [At-Tirmidhi].
4. Glad tidings for the one who goes to the masjid for Fajr and Isha Prayers.
These two prayers are so hard that the hypocrites cannot do them. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no prayer heavier on the hypocrites than Fajr and ‘Isha’. If they only knew what is in them, they would come to them even if they had to crawl.”
Again the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Convey glad tidings to those who walk to the mosque in the darkness. For they will be given full light on the Day of Resurrection.” [At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].
#5. The steps you take to the masjid raises your rank
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).” [Muslim].
#6. Jannah is given to the one who goes to the masjid in the morning and evening
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who goes to the mosque in the morning or in the evening, Allah prepares for him a place in Jannah whenever he goes to the mosque in the morning and returns from it in the evening.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
#7. The greatest reward is for the one who lives the farthest from the masjid!
Abu Musa (RA) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The person who will receive the highest reward for Salat (prayer) is the one who comes to perform it in the mosque from the farthest distance, and he who waits for Salat to perform it with the Imam (in congregation) will have a greater reward than the one who observes it alone and then goes to sleep.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Now you have 7 good points to motivate you. The next time you hear the call for salaat, you will run towards the reward, won’t you?