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Congregational prayer: its importance and status 1-Congregational prayer is a duty : For Muslim men,and this is clear in both in the Quran and the Sunnah, the prophet (pbuh) also said: whoever hears the call must respond ; his prayer (away from the mosque) is invalid unless he has a good reason. 2-The most difficult Prayers for Hypocrites: Reported by Abu Hurayrah:’Allah’s messenger said :”the prayers found too hard by the hypocrites are Isha’ and Fajr .Had they known how much godness they bring, they would have come eagerly to join them ,even though they would have to crawl Allah says: ‘Mankind! We’ve created you out of a male and a female ,and have made you nations and tribes ,so that you might come to know one another .Truly, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the one who is most genuinely Allah-fearing.Allah is all-knowing.all-aware’ (13:49).
Duties in prayer 1-Saying Allahu Akbar in every moment 2-The imam leading the prayer and a person praying alone says : sami a Allahu liman hamidah (`may Allah answer the prayer of the one who praises Him`) When standing up after bowing 3-Then when he was in the upright position he said: Rabbana wa lak alhamd i.e “You’re our lord and our praise is due to You” 4-Every worshipper in the congregation says only Rabbana wa lak alhamd, while al imam says it immediately after sami Allah liman hamidah 5-Saying Subhana Rabbi al’Azeem when bowing which means :Limitless is Allah in His Glory 6-Saying subhana Rabbi al’Aala when prostrating, which means : Glorified be my Lord, the Most High 7-Saying; Rabbi-gh-firli while sitting between the two prostrations ,which means :forgive me , my Lord 8-The first tashahhud except for people in the congregation when the imam forgets this tashahhud and rises for the next rakah . Those in the congregation are exempt from it because because they have an overriding obligation to follow the imam
Virtues of Fajr Prayer in congregation: • Protection of Allah • You care counted as having Qiyam-ul-Layl • Safe from hypocrisy • Illuminating light • Testimony and praise of the Angels • Reward of Hajj and Umrah • Greatest treasure • Better than life and what’s in it • Glad tiding of protection from the Hellfire and granted Jannah • Ultimate prize of seeing the Magnificent Face of Allah