The role of the Masjid and the services it offers have broadened significantly as this website will illustrate. However, we as believers should never forget that the primary purpose of a Masjid is to allow Muslims to gather five times a day to collectively establish the second pillar of Islam. The Masjid was from the first matters of importance that the Prophet Mohammed (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) attended to upon his arrival in Madinah. Emphasising punctuality in salah was also amongst the final advices of the Prophet (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) before he left this world. Despite knowing this, it is a great shame and pity that so few people attend daily prayers in the Mosque.
With this purpose in mind we have compiled this brief, summarized reminder related to some of the virtues and benefits of offering salaah in the Masjid.
The Houses of Allah contain merits and blessings that are not present in any other structure upon the face of the earth. These merits and blessings are so numerous, that they are not confined to merely entering the Masjid, but even before one does so, if he has the intention of going to the Masjid, he begins to reap the blessings from the very moment he leaves his own home! The Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whoever goes to the Masjid, Allah will prepare a place for him in Paradise, every time he goes to the Masjid.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
He also said:
“Whoever performs wudu (ablution) in his home, then heads to the Masjid for the purpose of performing an obligatory prayer, his steps will be a means of expiation for his sins. One step will remove a sin, while the other will gain him an increase in reward.” (Sahih Muslim)
With regards to the merits obtained after entering the Masjid, the Prophet (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“The Angels continue to supplicate for the individual who remains in the Masjid that he has prayed in, as long as he does not pass wind. The Angels say: Oh Allah forgive him!, Oh Allah have mercy on him!” (Sahih Bukhari)
The one who performs his Isha Salaat with Jama’at gets the reward for having spent half the night in Ibadah (worship). If he then performs his Fajr Salaat with Jama’at, he gets the reward for spending the entire night in Ibadah. (Sahih Muslim)
The Blessed Prophet said: “When anyone of you enters a masjid, do not sit until you pray two rakaats.”
The Worthing Masjid Assalam has two fully trained Imams, who lead all the daily Jama’at Prayers. The Jumma Khutbahs are delivered in English.
The Masjid accommodates 600 worshipers. Women and children are always welcome to every prayer and there is a separate Muslim sister’s hall on the first floor which can be accessed from the side entrance.
“BE EVER mindful of prayers, and of praying in the most excellent way, and stand before God in devout obedience.” – The Holy Quran, Surah 2, v 238
HOW TO PERFORM THE PRAYERS…
The Fardh Prayers
These are the compulsory prayers which must be performed 5 times every day for those who meet the criteria. They are as follows:
2 rakaats for Fajr;
4 rakaats for Zohr;
4 rakaats for Asar;
3 rakaats for Maghrib; &
4 rakaats for Isha
The reward for salaah with jamaat is multiplied, the prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
The Salaat performed with jamaat is twenty seven times more superior than the Salaat performed individually. (Sahih Bukhari)
The Sunnah Prayers
These are the prayers performed by the Holy Prophet Muhammad in addition to the five compulsory daily prayers.
Though not compulsory, they are very important and one must have a very genuine reason if one does not perform these prayers.
The Witr Prayer
This is an obligatory prayer comprised of an odd number of rakaats done after the Isha prayer.
The Eid Prayers
They are offered twice a year as celebratory prayers. The first prayer is the Eid-ul Fitr prayer offered upon
the completion of the month of Ramadhan. The second prayer, Eid-ul Adha is offered on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah. These prayers are wajib prayers with additional takbirs. Each prayer comprises 2 rakaats.
The Taraweeh Prayers
Extra 20 prayers performed in congregation at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan. During which it is preferred to recite the complete Quran off memory.
The Funeral Prayer
The Salatul Janazah (Funeral prayer) is a special prayer performed in congregation at the death of a Muslim.