Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Solah in Jama’ah (MM 13/9/08)

Munyatul Musolli 13th Sept 2008

Virtues of Solah in Jama’ah (continued)
Solah in a jama’ah is like a rope or lifeline that we should hold on to. Allah the Most High has said so in the Quran:

وَاعتَصِمُوا بِحَبلِ اْللّٰهِ جَمِيعًا

A person who ignores jama’ah on purpose has committed a great mischief to his religion. This shows his dislike in provisioning for the akhirah (afterlife). If he continues belittling jama’ah, Allah considers him a ‘munafiq’.

If you cannot avoid skipping jama’ah in the masjid due to illness or urgent business, then it is compulsory that you perform solah at home with your children, wife or your servant.

Allah gives even more bonus for a solah jama’ah:

  1. Relative to the size of congregation.
  2. Bonus if the jama’ah is led by a pious imam.
  3. For every footsteps taken to go to the masjid, Allah gives 10 reward and erases 10 vice (as we gather from several ahadith).
  4. Sitting idle int he masjid waiting for the next solah is rewarded as if one performs a solah.
  5. The angels plea forgiveness on behalf of a person remain sitting after completing a solah. They continue pleading to Allah until the person voids his hadas or starts talking something inappropriate.
  6. Extra points for performing solah in the first row.
  7. Extra points for filling up the front rows before starting the next rows.
  8. Extra points for making sure the heels are aligned straight.

Said Ustaz Zakaria:

  • We should invite people over for the weekly halaqah zikir so that our community becomes strong.
  • A person who is strong in faith will be unwavering in establishing his religion. A person with weak faith get swayed over with money or wealth.
  • Better get used to pray behind an imam, before the imam prays behind you (solah janazah).
  • We should imitate the tabligh folks in inviting people to come to jama'ah.
  • There is a special wirid after Friday jama'ah called 'Aurad Madaniah' or 'Aurad Qasasiah' named after Syaikh Ahmad Qasasi. Ahmad Qasasi was the syaikh of Syaikh 'Abdul Rauf Fansuri. People of Madinah used to recite this every week in Masjid Nabawi. The foreigners who invaded Madinah later put a stop to this practice, unfortunately.

Wallahu a'lam

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