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New congregation in mosque

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Dear brother Burhan, Asslam Alaikum Rahmatullahi wa Barrkatuhu. Allah may reward you with all the benefits of this world and hereafter for the good work you are doing for deen.

My question: We are facing a strange situation. When the Jamat (especially in D`ohr Namaz) is over the late-comers in the mosque form another Jamat and offer prayers. I feel this is improper as its killing the zeal to reach the mosque in time to catch up the Jamat.

Please enlighten on this subject.

Vassalam.

 

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New congregation in mosque

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


 

Al-Muwatta Hadith 8.1

Abdullah ibn Umar related that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Prayer in congregation is better than the prayer of a man by himself by twenty-seven degrees."

 

Abu Sa' id narrates that a man entered the Mosque, and the Prophet (saws) and his companions had already prayed. The Prophet (saws) said: "Who will give charity to him by praying with him (again)?" So, a man from the people stood and prayed with him. This is related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and at-Tirmidhi

 

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said in an authentic narration that the prayer in congregation is 27 times (and in some narrations, 25 times) better than an individual prayer. And in light of the above narration by Hadrat Abu Said (r.a.) related by Ahmad, Abu Dawood and Tirmidi, the Messenger of Allah (saws) himself asked if any of the companions who had already prayed his obligatory prayer in congregation would pray another prayer in congregation with the one who had missed the original congregation. The Messenger of Allah (saws) allowed the man who had missed the congregation to form another congregation. That proves that if one, for some reason, misses the congregation there is absolutely no harm if he starts another congregation.

 

Your Statement: I feel this is improper as its killing the zeal to reach the mosque in time to catch up the Jamat.
One should always try to reach the mosque on time for the main congregation and that would obviously be the best option. But if one is genuinely late or has a valid reason for missing the main congregation, there is absolutely no harm in starting another congregation, so that the brother may not miss the full reward of praying his prayer in congregation.

 

But if a person intentionally comes late every time, or a person intentionally does not join the main congregation because he has a dislike for the imam leading the prayer, etc. then it would obviously be abusing the leniency Allah Subhanah has allowed and the believers must abstain from such acts.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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