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Even Sick and Elderly Patients Would Make It

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “I have considered having a man lead people at Prayer and going myself to those who hang back from attending the Prayer in congregation to burn their houses down upon them.” [Sahih Bukhari]

This threat would not have been issued unless there was something obligatory that the people were neglecting.

Abdullah ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu) said, “A person who desires to meet Allah on the Day of Judgment in a state of Islam, should take care of the five daily Prayers when he is summoned for them. This is necessary because Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) revealed the practices of guidance for His Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to follow and these congregational Prayers are definitely from this guided path. If you begin to offer your daily congregational  Prayers in your houses as these hypocrites do, then you will have left the Sunnah of your Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), and when you abandon the Sunnah of your Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) then you will definitely go astray. 

“Had you witnessed our times you would have known that only he remains absent from the congregational Prayers who is a well-known hypocrite or a serious patient; So much so that if it were possible for a sick person to come to the Masjid only with the support of two people he would still present himself for the Prayer.” [Sahih Bukhari]

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