Mosque as A Place of Worship

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Mosque as A Place of Worship

Introduction

Mosque described as a place which servers both as a house of worship

and as a symbol of Islam. In Islam a masjid is a house of prayer.

Mosque is symbolically very important to Muslims; it is a humble way

for Muslims to rebuild a relation ship with Allah (swt) on earth. The

mosque should have a clear indication of direction of Mecca (qibla).

Abu Hurairah reports that the prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said: "If

anyone goes back and from to the mosque to attend prayers Allah will

prepare for him a feast in paradise" (bukhari).

In Arabic the word used for mosque is Masjid, which means a place of

worship or prostration. Muslims believe that the first place of

worship ever built in this world was the Kaabah in Arabic, the most

holy place of Islam, towards which millions of Muslims all over the

world turn their faces five times a day during their Prayers, and to

which each one of them activities to make Pilgrimage at least once in

a life time.

The Qur'an says: "Surely the first House founded for all mankind is

that at Becca (Valley of Mecca) abounding in blessings and guidance

for all peoples. In it is manifest Signs; it is the place of Abraham

and whoso enters it is safe. Pilgrimage to the House of Allah is a

duty which people, those who can afford the journey, owe to Allah. He

who rejects this should know that Allah is independent of all

creatures." (3:97-98)

In the early days of Islam the Muslims, under Divine command, used to

turn their faces towards the temple of Jerusalem during the prayers,

but the Holy Prophet of Islam had a desire that the Qibla should be

changed to the Kaab...

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...erior Muslim is continually trying to please Allah and one

way a good Muslim could do that is by attending the mosque. A good

Muslim would attend the mosque for only one reason and that is earning

himself reward, through, praying in jam at (congregational prayer-more

rewarding), reading Qur'an, doing Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) etc

devoting himself and submitting to Allah.

According to another saying, the Prophet is reported to have said:

"The best part of a city in the eyes of Allah are its mosques"

This hadith shows the huge amount of reward of going to the mosque and

also shows the amount of love prophet (saw) had for a mosque. On the

day of recognition when people will be drenching in their own be sweat

concerns and worries, the person who attended the mosque regularly

will be under the shade of Allah's (saw).

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