Mosques open in Kuwait – A wave of happiness among worshippers

The purpose of my life is the triumph of your religion, That is why I am a Muslim, that’s why I establish prayers….

After a long wait of four months and twenty days, I performed the noon prayer on August 10 at the masjid, it was a strange feeling of joy. It has come after days of waiting, but it is a joy that cannot be described in words. It is impossible to do. It is a spiritual joy. This is the first time since I came to Kuwait that mosques have been closed for four months. What to do? The situation was such that mosques had to be closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19. As soon as the opening of the mosques was announced, a wave of happiness spread among the Muslims. Expressing this happiness, the worshippers congratulated each other.

Praise be to Allah, Mosques are opened, but with safety instructions, such as to perform ablution at home. It is important to wear a mask. You have to bring your musallah (prayer mat) from home. Elders and children are not allowed in the mosque.

We all know that prayer is one of the basic tenets of Islam. It is the most important after believing in Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Its obligation is proved by the Qur’an and Sunnah and the consensus of the Ummah. This was ordained on the night of Ascension.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: If a person hears the call to prayer and does not go to the mosque (without any excuse) & prays at, then that prayer will not be accepted.

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) says that a blind Companion came to the service of the Holy Prophet (saw) and said: O Messenger of Allah! I have no one to bring me to the mosque. Saying this, he asked for leave to offer prayers at home. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) dismissed them, but when they returned, he called them again and asked: Do you hear the call to prayer? He said: Yes, O Messenger of Allah! He said: Then come to the mosque and offer prayers (Muslim).

Note that when a person who is blind has no one to take him to the mosque and the house is far from the mosque, and the road from the house to the mosque is not smooth (as mentioned in other hadiths), was advised by the Holy Prophet as obligatory to offer prayer in congregation, then how can the sighted and healthy be allowed to offer prayers at home without a shar’i excuse.

With reference to the above hadiths, it is clear how important daily 5 times prayer is in Islam, but what to do? It was this epidemic that caused the closure of mosques. Today we thank Allah Almighty and at the same time we thank the State of Kuwait.

May Allah Almighty help the Muslim Ummah to go to the mosque five times a day and offer prayers. Aameen, Lord of the Worlds.

Ishtiaq Ahmed (Kuwait)


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