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Sunnah 99: Pray in congregation

August 1, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Prayer in congregation is twenty seven times better than prayer prayed individually.” [Bukhari/Muslim]

The merits of congregation are many, and above we have just listed one. The Prophet (pbuh) also said: “The prayer of a man with another man is better than his praying alone, and the prayer of a man with two other men is better than his praying alone or with only one other man, and the more people there are, the more beloved it is to Allah.” [Nasa’i Abu Dâwûd] For men, it is especially important to pray in mosques.

That said, women can also pray in the mosques if they choose to, or they can pray in congregation with other women at home. The Prophet (pbuh) said: ‘Do not prevent the she-servants of Allah from Allah’s Mosques.’ [Bukhari] Read more on women praying in mosques here and here.

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