Return Your Heart To The Mosque
The mosque is a holy, noble and respected house of Allah SWT. It is a place of worship for Muslims, a center for social and economic activity, as well as a place to gain knowledge, and so forth. The mosque is also a symbol of unity for Muslims.
Regardless of political differences, status, standing or skin color, Muslims stand equal, as a congregation, in a single saf to perform prayers as proof of this unity
It is our responsibility as the faithful to also enliven the mosques In line with the words of Allah SWT in verse 18 of Surah At-Taubah:Which means: “The mosques of Allah SWT are only to be maintained by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day and establish prayer and give zakah and do not fear except Allah SWT, for it is expected that those will be of the [rightly] guided.”
It is clear that the task and responsibility of organising activities for the houses of Allah SWT rests upon all our shoulders, the believers and the faithfuls.
Various benefits can be obtained by those who are steadfast in going to the mosque, and among them are:
First: Increasing our knowledge. When we are knowledgeable, Allah SWT will make it easy for us to enter Paradise. Even the angels look up to the people who are present at such activities or events.
Imam Tirmidhi rahimahullah recorded the hadith narrated by Abu Darda' RA, in which Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said:Which means: "Whoever travels to seek knowledge, Allah shall provide a way for him to Paradise And indeed, the angels spread their wings for joy to those who seek knowledge."
Second: Earning the rewards of Paradise. The reward is stated in a hadith recorded by Imam al-Bukhari rahimahullah and narrated by Abu Hurairah RA, in which Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said:Which means: “Whoever goes to the mosque in the morning and evening, then Allah will prepare for him a place in Paradise for every morning and evening he goes.”
Third: Eradicating sins and raising our standing. Imam Muslim rahimahullah recorded a hadith which was narrated by Abu Hurairah RA, in which Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said:Which means: "Whoever cleanses himself in his home, then he goes to the mosque to perform one of the five daily prayers, then Allah SWT rewards every step he takes towards the mosque by removing minor sins and elevates him a degree in standing."
Let us work together to make the mosque the center for Muslims, where all issues, problems and matters pertaining to the people are discussed under one roof.
Look at, and follow, how the mosque had functioned during the time Rasulullah SAW was in Madinah. Rasulullah SAW made the mosque not only as a place of worship, but also as a place of learning and for spreading knowledge a place to discuss and solve the problems of the people, a place to put forth strategies, as well as a place to receive visits from foreign delegations, and many others.
Allah SWT stated in Surah Al-Maidah verse 2:Which means: “And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.”
To conclude the sermon today, the khatib would like to invite the congregation to reflect upon the following takeaways:
First: Enlivening the mosque is the responsibility of all of us and not just the administrators of the mosque.
Second: Mosques should be the focal point for Muslims in all matters, exactly like the role of the mosque during the time of Rasulullah SAW.
Third: As stated by Rasulullah SAW, there are numerous advantages in going to the mosque or being at a mosque, which should act as incentives for Muslims to enliven the house of Allah SWT
As decreed by Allah SWT in Surah Al-Hadid verse 21:Which means: “Race toward forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden whose width is like the width of the heavens and earth, prepared for those who believed in Allah and His messengers. That is the bounty of Allah which He gives to whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty.”