The Importance of Mosques in Islam

We are blessed with many mosques Singapore and throughout the world. Let us rediscover the significance of Mosques in Islam.
by Ustazah Nurul ‘Izzah Khamsani 2024-03-05 • 10 min read
After spending 12 years of her education at Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah, Ustazah Nurul 'Izzah furthered her studies at Al-Azhar University and was conferred the B.A. of Islamic Theology. Her melodious recitation of the Quran has brought her to represent Singapore in many of the Quran Recital and Memorisation Competitions both at the national and international level.
2024-03-05 • 10 min read

What is a mosque?

A mosque is the House of Allah s.w.t. where only He is worshipped and glorified through the five daily prayers, supplementary (Sunnah) prayers, reciting the Quran, Zikir (remembrance of Allah s.w.t.) and many other good deeds. As mentioned in the Quran,

وَأَنَّ ٱلْمَسَـٰجِدَ لِلَّهِ فَلَا تَدْعُوا۟ مَعَ ٱللَّهِ أَحَدًا

“And (He revealed) that the mosques are for Allah, so do not invoke with Allah anyone.”

(Surah Al-Jinn, 72:18)

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Its sanctity must be protected. As Allah mentions in the Quran,

وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ ٱللَّهِ ٱلنَّاسَ بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ لَّهُدِّمَتْ صَوَٰمِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَٰتٌ وَمَسَـٰجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا ٱسْمُ ٱللَّهِ كَثِيرًا ۗ وَلَيَنصُرَنَّ ٱللَّهُ مَن يَنصُرُهُۥٓ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَقَوِىٌّ عَزِيزٌ

“...Had Allah not driven back the people, some by the means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques, in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. Allah will certainly help those who stand up for Him. Allah is truly All-Powerful, Almighty.”

(Surah Al-Hajj, 22:40)

Sitting inside mosques with the intention of doing ‘Ibadah for the sake of Allah (I’tikaf)  is also a form of worship in Islam.

The importance of mosques is such that the first development the Prophet s.a.w. established when he reached Madinah was the mosque. It was primarily a place of worship for Muslims. Additionally, it also served as a place of gathering to learn the religion and a place of councils where the Prophet s.a.w. and his companions r.a. discussed important matters related to their daily activities and social life.

Read: The Truth Seeker: Lessons from the learning journey of Salman Al-Farisi r.a. 

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Virtues of Mosques

There are many virtues and merits in relation to mosques. Here are 5 of them:

1. Mosque is the most beloved place to Allah

Abu Hurairah r.a. reported that the Prophet s.a.w. said,

أَحَبُّ البِلَادِ إلى اللهِ مَسَاجِدُهَا، وَأَبْغَضُ البِلَادِ إلى اللهِ أَسْوَاقُهَا

"The dearest parts on the face of the earth to Allah are its mosques, and the most hated parts to Allah are its markets."

(Sahih Muslim)

The mosques are the most beloved place to Allah as they are the places of gatherings for the believers to worship Allah s.w.t. and there are a lot of good deeds being done in mosques. As for the markets and why they are the most hated parts to Allah is because they are places where people usually conduct dishonest transactions, break promises and they are usually devoid of the remembrance of Allah s.w.t. Such deviances revoke His mercy. Hence, it is not the places per se but the immoralities that were attributed to these places.

2. Hearts attached to mosques are chosen to be under the shade of Allah in the Hereafter

Abu Hurairah r.a. reported that the Prophet s.a.w. said in a famous long hadith;

“There are seven whom Allah will shade on a day when there is no shade but His. They are a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah; one whose heart is attached to the Mosques; two who love each other, meet each other, and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man who is tempted by a beautiful woman of high status but he rejects her, saying, ‘I fear Allah’; and one who spends in charity and hides it such that his right hand does not know what his left hand has given; and one who remembered Allah in private and he wept”

(Muttafaqun ‘Alayh)

One of the categories of people mentioned in this hadith is ‘a man whose heart is attached to mosques’. This person will always yearn to go to mosques to perform daily prayers in congregation. He or she will make time to worship Allah s.w.t, to be connected with Him. The person may also be involved in volunteering and helping out in mosques to the best of his or her ability despite the other commitments, to gain Allah’s mercy and redha

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3. Maintaining the Mosque is a testimony of faith 

Abu Sa'eed r.a. narrated that the Messenger of Allah s.a.w. said:

إِذَا رَأَيْتُمْ الرَّجُلَ يَتَعَاهَدُ الْمَسْجِدَ فَاشْهَدُوا لَهُ بِالْإِيمَانِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى يَقُولُ إِنَّمَا يَعْمُرُ مَسَاجِدَ اللَّهِ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَى الزَّكَاةَ

“If you see a man committed to the mosque then bear witness to his faith. Because Allah, the Exalted, says: The mosques are only maintained by those who have faith in Allah and the Last Day, establish prayer and give charity (At-Taubah, 9:18)”

(Sunan At-Tirmizi)

4. Rasulullah s.a.w. prayed for a woman who had been in service to the mosque

The companion, Abu Hurairah r.a, reported:

أنَّ امْرَأَةً سَوْدَاءَ كَانَتْ تَقُمُّ المَسْجِدَ، أَوْ شَابًّا، فَفَقَدَهَا رَسولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عليه وَسَلَّمَ، فَسَأَلَ عَنْهَا، أَوْ عنْه، فَقالوا: مَاتَ، قالَ: أَفلا كُنْتُمْ آذَنْتُمُونِي قالَ: فَكَأنَّهُمْ صَغَّرُوا أَمْرَهَا، أَوْ أَمْرَهُ، فَقالَ: دُلُّونِي علَى قَبْرِهِ فَدَلُّوهُ، فَصَلَّى عَلَيْهَا

“A dark-complexioned woman (or probably a young man) used to clean the Mosque. Rasulullah s.a.w. missed her (or him) and inquired about her (or him). The people told him that she (or he) had passed away. He (the Prophet) asked why they didn't inform him, and it appears as if they had considered the matter insignificant. He (the Prophet) said: Lead me to her (or his) grave. They led him to that place, and he prayed for her (or him)”

(Sahih Muslim)

In another narration, the honourable person who cleaned the mosque was idenitfied as a lady, named Ummu Mihjan r.a.

This hadith shows the virtue of a believer who serves with sincerity in the house of Allah s.w.t. Although to some people, she was just someone who cleans the mosque. In truth, she has a special place in the heart of Rasulullah s.a.w.

She may be nobody in the eyes of others, but look at how Allah s.w.t. elevated her rank in the eyes of the Prophet s.a.w. Do not belittle a good deed, no matter how small or trivial it may seem to us. 

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5. Allah prepares an abode in Paradise for those who go to the mosque

Abu Hurairah r.a. reported that the Prophet s.a.w. said

مَنْ غَدَا إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ وَرَاحَ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُ نُزُلَهُ مِنْ الْجَنَّةِ كُلَّمَا غَدَا أَوْ رَاحَ

"Whoever goes to the mosque at dawn or dusk (for Solat), Allah prepares a hospitable abode for him in Paradise, every time when he walks to or comes back from it"

(Muttafaqun ‘Alayh)

Commitment to the Mosque

In Singapore, we are blessed as we have many mosques all over the country where we can just drop by and perform our daily prayers. The mosques are also actively conducting various religious and social programs for the benefit of the Muslim community and Singaporeans at large.

In doing so, they definitely need our support and contribution such as donations to sustain the administration and activities of the mosques.

You may support our locals mosques and donate by visiting this link:

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May Allah s.w.t. grant His infinite blessings to our brothers and sisters who are working and volunteering tirelessly in mosques, day and night, to ensure that the safety and programmes are implemented smoothly for our comfort and convenience.

May Allah s.w.t. resurrect us in the Hereafter among those whose hearts are attached to mosques and as a testimony of true faith. 

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