NARRATED Homran, servant of Othman saying: One day, Othman bin ‘Affan performed a good ablution, after which he said: I’ve seen the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, performing an ablution, for which he has performed well, after which he [pbuh] said: whoever performs an ablution like this, then went out to the Mosque for no other reason but the Prayer, his sins are forgiven.
[Reporter: Imam Muslim – Rank: Authentic]
In another Hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah [pbuh] said: A man’s prayer with a group exceeds his prayer at home or out in the market with twenty five folds, and that’s if someone has performed an ablution in a good manner, then went to the Mosque, for no reason but the Prayer, his status is elevated one rank in every step he takes, and a sin of his is dropped off until he enters the Mosque, and once he’s in the Mosque, he’s in a prayer as long as he’s waiting for it. The Angels will pray for any of you as long as he’s sitting where he has performed the prayer, saying: Lord have mercy on him, Lord forgive him, so long he hurts no one or nullifies his purity. Also reported by Imam Muslim.
These two Hadiths dwelled on two important issues. The first is the importance of performing the ablution thoroughly and in a right manner. Due to a lack of knowledge, some individuals unintentionally leave spots unwashed by water, which is a no-go, and decreases the rewards at best.
The other issue emphasizes on the importance of performing the prayer in the Mosque in congregation with the group. The Hadith illustrates three incentives for that: (1) Prayer with a group out ranks the individual’s with 25 points. (2) In each and every step he takes to the Mosque, his rank and status is elevated higher. (3) In each and every step he takes to the Mosque, one sin is deleted and dropped off from his record.
Praying in office or at home, if taken as a habit, is a serious problem. Some scholars are of the opinion that it is unaccepted if the person can hear the Call. A blind companion of the Prophet [pbuh] asked him to be exempted from attending the Prayer in the Mosque. The Prophet [pbuh] asked him: Do you hear the Call? He answered: Yes. The Prophet [pbuh] said: Then answer the call. How many of us now hear the Call but would rather finished the game he’s playing on the computer, or the work he has at hand?
The right attitude whenever one hears the Call is to drop off whatever he’s busy with and answer Allah the Creator. May Allah forgive our shortcomings, and aid us to worship Him in a manner makes Him pleased with us, Amen.