In times of Covid 19, when most of the countries have shut their places of worship (including Masjids), praying in congregations is something people have been advised to avoid as a basic principle of social distancing. This holds especially true for senior citizens, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases and in fact, anyone who fears for his/her life. However, not being able to attend the Mosque does not mean that you need to miss out on any form of Ibadah. You can turn your house into a masjid and worship Allah in seclusion.
Hadith which highlight the significance of turning your house into a masjid
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O people, pray in your homes (meaning voluntary prayers), for the best of prayers are a man’s prayers in his home, except the obligatory prayers.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: “Perform a portion of your prayers at home, and do not make your homes graves.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
In yet another narration, he is reported to have said:
“If any of you completes his prayer in his Masjid [that is nearest to his home], then he should leave a portion of his prayers for his home; for Allah will make his prayer at home much better.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “I know, and your prayer in your home is better for you than your prayer in the Masjid of your people; and your prayer in the Masjid of your people is better for you than your prayer in the Masjid [assigned] for congregational prayers.” [Ahmad and At-Tabarani]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The analogy of a home that has the remembrance of Allah in it and the one that does not have the remembrance of Allah in it, is that of he who is living, and he who is dead.”
How to maximize your worship at home
Think of all the things you do in a mosque – offering Salah, listening to the Imam’s sermon, reading Qur’an, Dhikr – all of these can be done at home. Here’s how:
- Pray with your family in congregation
To turn your house into a masjid has one major benefit – it unites your family in Ibadah. When you pray in congregation with your family, you inspire your children towards Islam. It builds a connection between you and your family and between your family and Allah.
- Tune in to Islamic lectures
Missing the Imam’s sermon? Tune in to Islamic lectures instead of watching movies. Listen to them along with your family. Grow in knowledge – together.
- Engage into a Qur’an competition
Here’s a productive activity you can do with your family. It’s called a “Qur’an reading competition”. Let’s see who in your family can read the Qur’an fastest.
- Make sincere repentance
When you are alone, you are in a perfect position to contemplate over your life and make sincere repentance to Allah. When you are alone with Him, you can put down the guards of your heart. You can vent out all the emotion before Him.