After a long time, mosques and mosques have remained silent for accepting Muslim visits due to the Movement Control (CPP) Order to contain COVID-19, a one-time relaxation of congregational prayers, worship and religious programs to restore happiness to the Muslim community.
So many are excited to announce mosques and mosques when they are prevented from doing so during the CPP including Friday prayers. Thus, the flexibility provided while still having to adhere to the strict operating procedures (SOP) clearly gives a cheer to the lovers and decorators of the house of Allah Almighty.
However, will the excitement remain in the community or will it eventually return to the old ‘norm’ when only certain groups such as the elderly prosper in the mosque and the mosque?
What’s more, 60-year-olds and children are not encouraged to attend because of the risk of infection, so young people need to ‘step up’ their role to prosper the mosque and the mosque.
Lecturer at the University of Islamic Sciences Malaysia (USIM), also the Imam Rawatib Mosque of the State of Malacca, Dr Muhammad Hafiz Saleh, said every Muslim should play a role in attracting people to the mosque.
Muhammad Hafiz said every member of the community regardless of age could inculcate a culture into the mosque, especially emphasizing the great benefits and rewards of praying at the mosque rather than at home.
He said social media including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter were among those that could be used for that purpose.
“Knowing the merit of attracting people to the mosque of course they will do so soon, thus setting themselves an example and a follow-up.
“Imagine the reward received by the preacher equal to every pilgrim’s practice in the mosque or surau that he should seize.
“Even inviting family members, relatives, neighbors and friends to the house of Allah SWT, enables us to have peace or happiness, besides high rewards,” he said.
Ibn Mas’ud narrated the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Whoever does a good deed, then he is rewarded as the reward of those who do it. (HR Muslim)
In fact, every step of the way to the mosque and surau is considered a charity and is noted as a benefit that can be achieved by those who set an example. Abu Hurairah RA narrated the Prophet saying: Every step to perform prayer is a charity. (HR Muslim)
Abu Hurairah RA narrated the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) saying: Every step towards the place of prayer will be recorded as a virtue and will remove sin. (HR Ahmad
If we knew that Allah Almighty always mentioned their name in front of angels, we would never miss the opportunity to attend church all the time despite the heat and the rain.
Allah SWT says: “The only people who can prosper (live) the mosque of Allah are those who believe in Allah and the Hereafter and hold prayers and perform charity and fearlessness except Allah, (by virtue of that) they are expected to be guides. ” (Al-Taubah: 18)
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri narrated the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) saying: If you see a slave going back and forth to the mosque, then witness that he is a believer. (HR Tirmizi)
We also need to seize the opportunity to seek refuge on the Day of Judgment by making the house of God Almighty a daily destination.
Abu Hurairah RA narrated the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: There are seven classes of people to be recited by Allah Almighty in His shade on a Day when there is no shade but His. (Among them are): A servant whose heart is always attached to the mosque.
The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: They do not gather in any house in Allah’s house, they read the Book of Allah and study it among themselves, but it is revealed that peace is upon them, and the angels have mercy on them and Allah calls them before the angels. (HR Muslim)
Muhammad Hafiz said the mosque and the surau were also a knowledge center, thus giving the Muslims an advantage over the mosque.
The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Surely the angels have set their wings as a sign of dishonor to the scholars. (HR Abu David)
The environment of the mosque provides additional peace and tranquility with the presence of believers and righteous people also allows us to practice calm and comfortable.
Beginning with preparations to go to the mosque or prayer room including cleansing and taking ablutions, pilgrimage, prayer, listening to the call of prayer, prayer and every worship give peace to believers.
Thus, with the flexibility provided in light of the COVID-19 decline including the inclusion of zero cases as of Wednesday, Muslims need to seize the opportunity to rebuild their ‘relationship’ with the mosque or surau which has been physically ‘cut off’ over the years.
In fact, we should take the opportunity to enjoy the greatest reward, the pleasure and grace of Allah SWT available to those who attend the mosque as the Prophet said: No Muslim ever presents to the mosque for prayers and remembrance, but Allah is happy to welcome him family members gladly greet their long-lost relatives. “(HR Ibn Majah)