As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 2

 

Virtues of Prayer in the Prophet's Mosque

Words of Shaikh Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baz (rahimahullah)

Virtues of Prayer in the Prophet's Mosque

"It is masnoon (*1) (recommended) to visit the Prophet's mosque before or after the Hajj. It is reported in the saheehayn (i.e., Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim) from Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque except al-Masjid-al-Haram.' [Agreed upon]

Narrated Ibn Umar (radhi allahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque except al-Masjid al-Haraam.' [Saheeh Muslim]

Narrated Abdullah Ibn Zubayr (radhi allahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque except al-Masjid al-Haram. And prayer in al-Masjid al-Haram is better than one thousand prayers is my mosque.' [Ahmad, Ibn Khuzaymah, Ibn Hibban]

Narrated Jabir (radhi allahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque except al-Masjid-al-Haram. And prayer in al-Masjid al-Haram is better than one thousand prayers is any other mosque.' [Ahmad, Ibn Majah] There are numerous Ahadeeth on this subject."

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Translator's Notes


*1 Hajj is Complete Without Visiting the Prophet's Mosque

Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Salih al-Uthaimeen (rahimahullah) says in Akhta' Yaqa'a fiha al-Haaj wa'l-Mu'tamir (Mistakes made by pilgrims of Hajj and Umrah), 'Some pilgrims believe that visiting the Prophet's mosque is something that has to do with Hajj, and that Hajj is not valid without it. Some of the ignorant even think that it (visiting the Prophet's mosque) is more essential than Hajj. This is a false belief, because there is no connection between going for Hajj and visiting the mosque of the Prophet. Hajj is complete without it, and it is complete without Hajj. However, since a long time people have made the visit to the Prophet's mosque part of the journey to Hajj because it is difficult to travel twice. However, it is not more essential than Hajj, because Hajj is one of the pillars and basic principles of Islam, which is not the case with visiting the Prophet's mosque. We do not know of any scholar who said that it is obligatory to visit the Prophet's mosque or the grave of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam).’

This Hadeeth is Daeef (weak): “Whoever prays forty prayers in my Mosque, missing no prayer, it will be recorded that he is safe from the Fire, is saved from punishment and is free of hypocrisy.”

See Da'eef al-Targheeb (755)and al-Silsilah al-Da'eefah (364) by Shaikh al-Albanee (rahimahullah), who also said in his book Hujjat an-Nabi on pg. 185 that it is an innovation (bidah) to visit Medina and tell those visiting Medina to stay there for a week so that they will be able to offer forty prayers in the Prophet's mosque and thus, be free from hypocrisy and saved from the Fire.

Shaikh Ibn Baz said in Fatawa Ibn Baz (17/406) after mentioning the above false narration, 'there is no set limit for visiting the Prophet's (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) mosque. If a person visits for an hour or two, or a day or two, or for more than that, there is nothing wrong with that.’

However, a hasan hadeeth mentions, 'Whoever prays for forty days with the congregation, always being present for the first takbeer, it will be written that he will be safe from two things; he will be safe from the Fire and safe from hypocrisy.' [(hasan) Saheeh al-Tirmidhee (200)]

Based upon this hadeeth, whosoever performs prayer for forty days in congregation, in which he is present for the first takbeer, it will be recorded for him that he is safe from the above-mentioned two things, regardless of whether he prays them in Medina, Makkah or else where because the virtue mentioned in this hadeeth is general and applies to any mosque where prayers are offered in congregation.


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