Bismillah walhamdulillah,

Growing up in Jakarta, in a Muslim family, it is not unusual for me to see Muslims doing a congregational prayer. At least in every Friday prayers and Ied prayers, especially Ied prayers where there are a lot more people gathering including Muslim women and children. But when you really look into it and think about it, you realize that congregational prayer really is such a wonderful tradition.

Muslims from every walks of life, lawyers, accountants, teachers, janitors, doctors, barbers, policemen, scholars, farmers, all standing shoulder to shoulder, facing the same direction, bowing, prostrating together at the same time. And that is just in the local mosque, and if you look into the Masjidil Haram in Mecca, you’ll find Muslims of all races, from all nations, praying to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’aala under one roof, facing one direction. And when it comes to the verse “wa laddhaaaliinn,” they all say “aaamiiiinnn.” Masha Allah.

In one hadith regarding the congregational prayer, Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla’Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “Make the rows straight, stand shoulder to shoulder and close up the gaps. Give way to your brothers and do not leave any openings for Shaytan. Allah will connect with anyone who connects up the row and Allah will break off from anyone who makes a break in a row.”

In one of his speeches, Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, said that the Shaytan or the devil mentioned in the above hadith is actually the devil within ourselves. Of course that is the devil of racism, of disrespect, and of prejudice.

When we talk about there is no racism in Islam, we automatically will quote this verse from The Glorious Qur’an,

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” Q 49:13

What a beautiful and meaningful verse, Masha Allah.

Let us take that example from the congregational prayer tradition, and apply it in our everyday lives, respect others, no prejudice, no racism, we are all equal in the face of Allah.

Muslims unite, and spread the truth of Islam, spread the message of peace to all mankind. Barakallah.

Salam alaikum.

Congregational prayer.