Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tarawih Prayers are best for MEN at the Mosque

Assalamu Alaikum,

Many sisters are quick to run to the mesjid for Tarawih prayers, but indeed tarawih prayers, and just like any other prayer should be prayed at her home. The woman gets more blessings for staying at her home.

AllahSWT tells us in the interpretation of the meaning:

"Stay in your houses and do not display your finery like the displaying of the ignorance of yore."
[The Quran 33:33

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "A man's Salat in congregation is twenty-five times more rewarding than his Salat at home or in his shop, and that is because when he performs his Wudu' properly and proceeds towards the mosque with the purpose of performing Salat in congregation, he does not take a step without being raised a degree (in rank) for it and having a sin remitted for it, till he enters the mosque. When he is performing Salat, the angels continue to invoke Blessings of Allah on him as long as he is in his place of worship in a state of Wudu'. They say: `O Allah! Have mercy on him! O Allah! Forgive him.' He is deemed to be engaged in Salat as long as he waits for it.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Men are given more blessings for praying together. Not the women. I had a friend ask me if I would like to attend her mesjid and pray tarawih with her, and I told her that I pray tarawih at home. She began to tell me its better for a muslimah to pray in congregation with other muslimahs.

SO, is it better for women to pray in the mesjid or at her home?

Sunnah from Rasullulah:

Prophet SAWS (Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon Him) said:
"Do not prevent your women from going to the mosque, even though their houses are better for them." (Abu Dawud)

Umm Humayd came to the Prophet SAWS (Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon Him) and said: "O Messenger of Allaah, I love to pray with you." He said: "I know that you love to pray with me, but praying in your house is better for you than praying in your courtyard, and praying in your courtyard is better for you than praying in the mosque of your people, and praying in the mosque of your people is better for you than praying in my mosque." So she ordered that a prayer-place be built for her in the furthest and darkest part of her house, and she always prayed there until she met Allaah (i.e., until she died). (Ahmad)

Insha'ALLAH, I hope you understand that as women our homes should be places in which we make our prayers. We should clean our rooms and make it special for when that time of the day comes for our salaats.

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