Friday sermon extols benefits of performing congregational prayers
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
IMAMS have called on congregants to find time to perform their obligatory prayers at mosques and prayer halls to promote a strong Muslim community.
The Friday sermon said Muslims should make use of the available places of worship to perform their daily prayers in a group instead of praying individually.
“In our country, many grand mosques have been built and made comfortable for the Muslim ummah (community) to enable them to pray. So let us all flock to the mosques and perform our fardhu (obligatory) prayers together,” said imams.
“Time and again we have seen for ourselves how people would crowd the mosques in large numbers to perform their Friday prayers or Aidil Fitri prayers,” it added.
Imams hoped the same large crowds could be seen at mosques when performing the daily prayers.
The sermon said Muslims would not lose anything when setting aside some time to pray collectively at the mosque.
“Let us join hands together and pray that we remain consistent in our worship towards Allah SWT so as to become His servants who are faithful and loved.”
The sermon also touched on the benefits of performing prayers together, including manifold rewards as opposed to those who pray alone.
Another benefit is that those who prayed collectively will be forgiven by Allah SWT for their sins. “They will reap the rewards similar to those who have performed the Haj.”
Imams went on to say that those waiting in the prayer hall to offer prayers together are regarded as having already performed the prayer itself.
The sermon added that the rewards for those who perform their obligatory prayers in a group will multiply according to the increase in number of people who join the prayers.
The sermon also touched on fardhu kifayah (collective duty), which meant that if a group of Muslims in the area carries out the congregational prayers in the mosque, the rest of the community will not be obliged to perform it, and will not be deemed sinful for doing so.
“On the other hand, if there is no one in the said area or village who performed the prayer in congregation, then the entire community would have to shoulder the consequences of having committed a grave sin,” imams said.
The Brunei Times