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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Twenty Five Times Better

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The group prayer is twenty-five times superior in reward than the prayer in your house or the prayer in your place of business. Anyone who does Wudu and goes to the Masjid with no other object than to do the prayer, Allah will raise him up a degree with every step he takes, and a wrong action will fall away from him. When he prays, the angels pray for him all the time he is in his place of prayer saying, ‘O Allah! Forgive him! O Allah! Show mercy to him!’ One of you is in the prayer as long as he is waiting for the prayer.” In one variant, “O Allah, forgive him! O Allah, turn to him as long as he does no harm in it and does not break Wudu in it.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Ibn Hajar said that this hadith demonstrates the merit of Salah over other actions because it mentions how angels pray for mercy and forgiveness for the person who prays in the Masjid. This hadith also demonstrates the excellence of the righteous people over the angels because they obtain degrees through their worship while the angels are occupied with asking forgiveness and supplicating for them.

The meaning of “as long as he does no harm in it” is: as long as he does not harm any of those praying by word or deed.

The meaning of “as long as he does not break Wudu” is: as long as no wind issues from him. This is why it is recommended for a Muslim to do Wudu whenever he breaks it so that he obtains the prayer of the angels on himself. [The World of the Angels by Sheikh Abdul-Hamid Kishk]

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