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‏الصلاة (The Book of Prayer)
CHAPTER: EXCELLENCE OF TAKING MANY STEPS FOR REACHING THE MOSQUE  

No. 1401

Abu Musa reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: The most eminent among human beings (as a recipient of) reward (is one) who lives farthest away, and who has to walk the farthest distance, and he who waits for the prayer to observe it along with the Imam, his reward is greater than one who prays (alone) and then goes to sleep. In the narration of Abu Kuraib (the words are):" (He waits) till he prays along with the Imam in congregation."

No. 1402

Ubayy b. Ka'b reported: There was a man, and I do not know of any other man, whose house was farther than his from the mosque and he never missed the prayer (in congregation). It was said to him or I said to him: It you were to buy a donkey you could ride upon it In the dark nights and in the burning sand. He said: I do not like my house to be situated by the side of the mosque, for I (eagerly) desire that my steps towards the mosque and back from it, should be recorded when I return to my family. Upon this the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Allaah has gathered all (rewards) for you.

No. 1403

This hadith has been transmitted by Taimi with the same chain of narrators.

No. 1404

Ubayy b. Ka'b reported: There was a person among the Ansar whose house was situated at the farthest end of Medina, but he never in missed any prayer along with the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). We felt pity for him and said to him: O, so and so, had you bought a donkey it would have saved you from the burning sand and would have saved you from the reptiles of the earth. He said: Listen I by Allaah, I do not like my house to be situated by the side of Muhammad (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). I took (these words of his) ill and came to the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and informed him about (these words). He (the Prophet) called him and he said exactly like that (which he had mentioned to Ubbay b. Ka'b), but made a mention of this (also) that he wanted a reward for his steps. Upon this the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: In fact for you is the reward which you expect.

No. 1405

A hadith like this has been narrated by 'Asim with the same chain of transmitters.

No. 1406

Jabir b. 'Abdullah narrated: Our houses were situated far away from the mosque; we, therefore, decided to sell our houses so that we may be able to come near the mosque. The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) forbade us (to do so) and said: There is for every step (towards the mosque) a degree (of reward) for you.

No. 1407

Jabir b. Abdullah reported: There were some plots vacant around the mosque. Banu Salama decided to shift (to this land) and come near the mosque. This (news) reached the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and he said to them (Banu Salama): I have received (information) that you intend to shift near the mosque. They said: Yes, Messenger of Allaah, we have taken this decision. Upon this he (the Prophet) said: O Banu Salama, live in your houses, for your steps are recorded; live in your houses, for your steps are recorded.

No. 1408

Jabir b. Abdullah reported that Banu Salama decided to shift near the mosque (as there were) some plots vacant. This (news) reached the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), whereupon he said: O people of the Salama tribe, you better stay in your houses (where you are living), for your footsteps are recorded They said. We could not be more delighted even by shifting (near the mosque) as we were delighted (on hearing these words from the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam).

No. 1409

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: He who purified himself in his house, and then he walked to one of the houses of Allaah for the sake of performing a Fard (obligatory act) out of the Fara'id (obligatory acts) of Allaah, both his steps (would be significant) as one of them would obliterate his sin and the second one would raise his status.

No. 1410

In the hadith narrated of the authority of Abd Huraira the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said. while in the hadith narrated by Bakr (the words are like this): He heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: just see, can anything of his filthiness remain (on the body of) any one of you if there were a river at his door in which he washed himself five times daily? They, said: Nothing of his filthiness will remain (on his body). He said: That is like the five prayers by which Allaah obliterates sins.

No. 1411

Jabir b. 'Abdullah reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: The similitude of five prayers is like an overflowing river passing by the gate of one of you in which he washes five times daily Hasan said: No filthiness can remain on him.

No. 1412

Ata' b. Yasar reported, on the authority of Abu Huraira, the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: He who went towards the mosque in the morning or evening, Allaah would arrange a feast for him morning or evening in Paradise.




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