1) Sayeduna Anas (Radi Allahu anhu) narrates that the Beloved Prophet (Swall Allahu alaihi wasallam) said, âWhoever reads Salah with Jamaâat for forty days with the first takbeer * ; two salvations will be written for him: one from hell and one from hypocrisy.â
2) Sayeduna Abdullah bin Umar (Radi Allahu anhu) narrates that the Beloved Prophet (Swall Allahu alaihi wasallam) said, âSalah with Jamaâat is twenty-seven times greater than salah prayed alone.â
3) Imam Muhammad Gazali (Rahmatullahi Alaih) says, âSalah was so important to our salafsaliheen [pious predecessors] that if they missed the first takbeer they would mourn for three days and if anyone missed jamaâat then they would mourn for seven days.â (Mukashifatol Quloob)
4) Sayeduna Maymoon bin Mahraan (Rahmatullahi Alaih) came to the masjid. He was told that the jammâat has finished. Upon hearing this, he sadly said, âThe fazilat (auspiciousness) of this [jammâat] is better than ruling over Iraq.â (Mukashifatul Quloob)
5) Sayeduna Abu Hurairah (Radi Allahu anhu) narrates that the Beloved Prophet (Swall Allahu alaihi wasallam) said, âIf the people knew what was in the [calling of] Azaan and [being a part of] the first saf [row of jamaâat] then they would not get it without drawing names. So they would draw names [i.e., they would compete for the honor of these two acts]. (Bukhari)
Thoughts and Points
6) Jamaâat is compulsory for every sane and mature man who has the ability to pray salah. It is very important for the people living in the vicinity of the masjid to attend the jamaâat.
7) To move closer to a masjid or madrasa with the intention of getting Jamaâat is a very commendable action. May Allah give us the taufeeq to keep our Masjids and Madrasas filled. In fact, keep this in mind when moving or buying a house.
8) If you live so far that you cannot drive or walk to the masjid or madrasa comfortably then make time to come for jamaâat at least once or twice a day or week or more[based on distance and means of travel] to at least earn the reward of coming for and praying with jamaâat.
9) One should not think âI canât make it for Jamaâat, I am too busy with school or work and family, this if from the Shaitan or our ill-Conscious. If you make the intention and effort, Allah-willing, the hardships will go away.
10) Stand in the saf (rows) shoulder to shoulder so that there is no space left in between.
11) To wait for Salah has been called âSalah,â so be punctual for the Salah.