What is your advice for the individual who says “I live far from the Masjid, and therefore it isn’t obligatory upon me to attend the congregation…

What is your advice for the individual who says “I live far from the Masjid, and therefore it isn’t obligatory upon me to attend the congregation. Rather, I will pray in my home.”

Answer: Prayer in congregation is obligatory. And prayer in congregation has 27 more merits than the prayer alone. Therefore, it is incumbent upon an individual to be diligent in going to the Masjid. And he should pray with the congregation of Muslims. An individual can do so by walking, or by way of car in order to save time. However, an individual should not pray in his home.

Q&A with Shaykh Abdullaah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ghudayaan (rahimaauAllah)

Presented and Translated by Mustafa George DeBerry

January 10, 2010

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