السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، وبعد:
AlHamdu lillah, all praises are due to the Almighty, It is my honor and pleasure to be part of this beautiful and blessed community.
Thank you for the very warm welcome. I hope to meet as many of you in the coming days as possible, in sha Allah. Please take the time to introduce yourself to me.
We have already started the daily short dars/lesson (5-10 minutes) after Isha Salah at the masjid and continue the Halaqahs after Fajr on weekends. Please join us and help spread the good/khayr.
It is indeed a real blessing and hugely rewarding to be able to pray in congregation (jamaa’ah) habitually, Al-Hamdu lillah, in particular the Salahs of Fajr and Isha. It makes a real difference to begin the day at the masjid and to end it at the masjid!
The Prophet ﷺ informed us that if anyone were to pray Isha in congregation, he would be rewarded for praying half the night, and if he were to follow it up with Fajr in congregation, it would be as though he has prayed the entire night.
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:
“Whoever attends Isha prayer in congregation, then he has the reward as if he had stood half of the night. And whoever prays Isha and Fajr in congregation, then he has (the reward as if he had) spend the entire night standing (in prayer).”
This Hadith tells us that the reward of praying Isha and Fajr prayers in congregation is so great that it equals the worship of the whole night!
Think about it: every day you can earn this massive reward just by praying at the masjid. Consistent good deeds like this are beloved to Allah, so let’s try our utmost to pray with our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters at the masjid.
May Allah help and guide us.
NB. I will be at the masjid 5 days a week and will be setting up other Halaqaat and office hours very soon. (I will not be available Saturdays and Mondays, and may also be out of town at other times.)
وجزاكم الله خيراً
Imam Shaheed (pronounced Shaa-hid)