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Construction of mosque is a charity

Mahmudul Hoque Jalis

Construction of mosque is a charity

Islam has greatly encouraged Muslims to build mosques. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said in a hadeeth, “Whoever builds a mosque for the sake of Allah, Allah will make for him a house like a mosque in Paradise.” Tirmidhi 292.

The word `mosque' means a place of prostration. Mosques are built for Muslims to pray in groups. The word mosque originates from Arabic language, which literally means to bow one's head in reverence. In our society, in general, the buildings or structures in which Muslims gather and perform the five daily prayers; It is called a mosque. And the large mosques in which Friday prayers and other Islamic activities are performed in addition to  regular prayers are called Jame Masjid.

Regarding construction of mosques, Allah says in the Qur'an that those who believe in Allah and the Hereafter and establish Salat, pay Zakat and do not fear anyone other than Allah, are the ones who build the mosque of Allah. So, hopefully, they will be among the righteous. Surah Tawba, verse 16.

The mosque is a very dear and dignified place to  Muslim Ummah. The mosque is the house of Allah. It has been narrated in the Qur'an that the mosque is basically the house of Allah. Surah Jinn, verse 16.

The best place in the world is the mosque. In this context, it has been narrated in the hadith that the best place in the sight of Allah is the mosque, and the worst place is the market.

In the mosque, Muslims perform the basic prayers of Islam five times a day. Doa and other functions of Islam including jikir are performed here. This is why, the construction of the mosque has been termed as sadaqa zaria, i.e. ongoing sadaqa in the terminology of Hadith. If someone cooperates in the construction of mosque, as long as the people worship in this mosque, the reward (even sitting in the grave) will continue to be given to that servant. In this context, the hadith has come, Hazrat Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: The good that will be added to the record of a believer after his death is if he teaches and preaches Islam to others, or leaves an honest child. Or leave a good book, or build a mosque, or build a guest house for a traveller, or dig a river. Ibn Majah 242.

From this hadith it is understood that if anyone in the world builds a mosque for Allah alone with pure intention then he will continue to get the rewards of these periods even while sitting in the grave.

There is more in the hadith about the reward of building a mosque, narrated from Ibn 'Abbas. He said that for the person who builds a mosque for the pleasure of Allah, Allah will build a house in Paradise for him. Sunan Ahmad.

In this connection, Hadrat 'Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him) said in a hadith that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that whoever builds a mosque for the sole purpose of pleasing Allah, Allah will build a house in heaven for him. Bukhari.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) announced a good reward, dignity and forgiveness of sins for those who rush to the mosque.

The following has been narrated by Hazrat Buraida (RA): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Whoever attains purity in his house and then goes to the house of Allah (the mosque) for the purpose of performing the obligatory acts of worship, his sins will be forgiven in return for one step and his dignity will increase in return for another step. Not only that; on the contrary, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) instructed those who are accustomed to going to the mosque to testify as believers.

 

The writer is a Muhaddis of Khadimul Islam Madrasa, Kamrangir Char, Dhaka