Praying can be done by Muslim anywhere and anytime. We can pray at home, mosque, or musholla. However, praying in the mosque has more benefits for us. This prayer is done with the aim as a tribute to the mosque which is the house of Allah, which is the house to worship Allah SWT. We can pray in the mosque alone or with the other Muslims and get to be closer to Allah who always maintains the mosque. In addition, there are some Sunnah and obligatory prayer that must be done in the mosque which can double our rewards.
“Only will maintain (the) mosque of Allah (the one) who believes in Allah and the Day the Last, and establishes the prayer and gives the zakah and not fear except Allah. Then perhaps those, [that] they are the guided ones.” (At-Taubah 9:18)
Here is presented the benefits of praying in the mosque.
1. Getting the perfect light on the Day of Judgment
Conditions at dawn are generally still dark, although with the existing electric lighting. However, with such conditions that precisely there is a great reward from Allah Ta’ala for humans who go to the mosque to perform prayers with perfect light on the Day of Judgment later.
“Convey the happy news to those who walk in darkness to the mosque, with perfect light on the Day of Judgment.” (HR Abu Dawud and Tirmidzi)
2. Become friend with other Muslims
Praying in the mosque means we will get a chance to meet other Muslims. We can become closer and friend with them in the mosque. When we meet five times in a day, it will grow affection among fellow Muslims. And if one day there is our brother who used to pray then sometimes not present in the mosque, then we will wonder, what or why he does not pray.
“And when you are among them and you lead for them the prayer, then let stand a group of them with you and let them their arms. Then when they have prostrated, then let them be behind you and let come (forward) a group – other, (which has) not prayed, and let them with you and let them their precautions and their arms. Wished those who disbelieved if you neglect [about] your arms and your baggage so (that) they (can) assault [upon] you (in) a single attack. But (there is) no blame upon you if was with you any trouble (because) of rain or you are sick that you lay down your arms, but take your precautions. Indeed, Allah has prepared for the disbelievers a punishment humiliating.” (An-Nisa 4:102)
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3. Feel ease and refreshed
By wudhu and washing our face, we will feel ease and refreshed from all things or problems that we have. In addition, by hearing the adzan and dua from the mosque, we will feel touched in the mosque.
4. More devoted
Praying in the mosque makes us more devoted. It is because the mosque is the house of Allah and the situation is very quiet and sacred.
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5. Get the shade and protection of the angel
Angel is always in the mosque. This means we will get the protection from angel if we pray in the mosque. By praying in the mosque, no wonder that Angels will protect you and stand beside you. Even every step you take when you go to mosque is count as reward in order to enter Jannah.
6. Perform Sunnah and obligation prayer
The law of prayer in congregation is sunnah muakkad which is very strongly reinforced. Rasulullah SAW during his life as a Messenger has never left praying in the mosque even though he is in a state of illness. Therefore, as the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad SAW, we should follow the behavior of Rasulullah SAW to always perform prayer in congregation.
“And establish the prayer and give zakah and bow down with those who bow down.” (Al-Baqarah 2:43)
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7. Get blessing from Allah
Allah will bless all servants who pray in the mosque. By going to the mosque, especially the chosen/special mosque, we will get the blessing.
“Exalted (is) the One Who took His servant (by) night from Al-Masjid Al-Haraam to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa which We blessed its surroundings, that We may show of Our Signs. Indeed He, He (is) the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” (Al-Isra 17:1)
8. Get double rewards from Allah
Congregation prayer can only be done in the mosque. We will get more rewards by doing it than praying alone at home.
“The congregation prayer is more important than pray alone by folding up to twenty-seven degrees”.
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9. Keep away from hypocritical character
We need to go to the mosque that may be far away from our place. This makes us more diligent and keeps away from the hyprocritical character which is the laziness to pray in the mosque. Allah hates this character because we don’t remember Him and only care about ourselves.
“Indeed, the hypocrites (seek to) deceive Allah and (it is) He who deceives them. And when they stand for the prayer, they stand lazily, showing off (to) the people and not they remember Allah except a little.” (An-Nisa 4:142)
10. Being forgiven his sins by Allah
Allah will forgive our sins if we perform prayer in the mosque. Allah loves the servant who does His command and always pray to Him.
“Whoever wudhu to pray and perfect his wudhu, then goes to perform the prayer, and he is praying with man or congregation or in the mosque, then Allah will forgive his sins.”
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11. The prayer is granted by Allah
Allah loves His servant who always prays in the mosque. He will grant any prayer and wish which His servant ask to Him.
“And when ask you My servants about Me, then indeed I am near. I respond (to the) invocation (of) the supplicant when he calls Me. So let them respond to Me and let them believe in Me, so that they may (be) led aright.” (Al-Baqarah 2:186)
12. Overcome social and psychological problems
In modern therapy, it is explained that spiritual and spiritual powers are indispensable. This power can be obtained through prayer. In fact prayer is the giver of strength to the human soul so that the person who offers the prayer will find his spiritual nourishment. Prayer is a very useful therapy for the human soul because it can eliminate sadness, fear, and anxiety. Prayer can also remove feelings of despair, weakness, and anxiety. Thus, praying is very useful in healing spiritual and physical illness.
“He details the Signs so that you may in the meeting (with) your Lord believe with certainty.” (Al-Ra’d 13:2)
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13. Increase the degree
Allah will increase the degree of His servant who always prays in the mosque. This degree will affect ourselves in the hereafter to help us to go to the heaven.
“One who walks to the mosque, every step of his foot will be given a reward, wiped out one sin, and raised one degree by Allah SWT.” (Ibnu Majah: 277, Muslim: 1068 and 1065).
14. Get Protection on the Day of Resurrection
Human fears death because we will never know what is going to happen after the death. However, Allah promises to those who always pray in the mosque a protection on the Day of Resurrection.
“There are seven groups who are sheltered, and one is the one whose hearts are linked to the mosque, a young man whose heart is bound to the mosque, those who will receive protection from Allah on the Day of Resurrection” (HR Bukhari)
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15. Get directions and helps to the problem
Praying in the mosque means we obey Allah. Whoever obey Allah, then He will help and guide us to overcome problem that occurs in our life.
Say, “Obey Allah and obey the Messenger, but if you turn away then only upon him (is) what (is) placed on him, and on you (is) what (is) placed on you. And if you obey him, you will be guided. And not (is) on the Messenger except the conveyance [the] clear.” (An-Nur 24:54)
16. Keep away from Satan
Satan always wants the human to disobey Allah by all means. By praying in the mosque, we will keep away from Satan because Satan can’t enter the mosque.
The Prophet SAW said: “It is not 3 people are in a village / hamlet & they do not establish prayers (congregation) kec. they have been dominated by demons. Therefore, you should always be in congregation. Indeed, the wolf only ate pets far from the gangs of his friends.” (Shahihul Jami ‘no.5701)
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17. Get a place in heaven
Human always dreams to go to the heaven. By praying in the mosque, Allah will give us a place in the heaven.
“Whoever fills the empty place (in the shaft), surely with it Allah raises (for him) one degree. and developed for him a house in Heaven. “ (Shahihut Targib wat Tarhib no.505).
18. Understand the laws of prayers
Among the benefits of praying in the mosque is that it is a great opportunity to learn the qualities of prayer and know its laws. It can be done when each person witnesses the other who is praying or by listening to the lectures delivered at the mosques as well as by reading the writings embedded in the mosque.
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19. Improve appearance and identity
Every religion has a place to pray. We must pray in the mosque with Islamic clothes and show to other people that mosque is the identity of Islam.
“O Children (of) Adam! Take your adornment at every mosque, and eat and drink but (do) not be extravagant. Indeed, He (does) not love the extravagant ones.” (Al-Ar’af 7:31)
20. Feel standing in a line of jihad
Those who have become a line in jihad when they are accustomed to the five-time prayer, he will be the mosque for the obedience to their commander in the ranks of jihad. They will not precede or end their commandos.
“Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His Way (in) a row as if they (were) a structure joined firmly.” (As-Saff 61:4)
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That’s all benefits of praying in the mosque. Hope we will get these benefits by praying in the mosque everyday and become closer to Allah.