The Virtues of Building a Mosque

December 4, 2016

 

Question:"What kinds of blessings can we attain by participating in building a mosque?"

Answered by:Sheikh Khâlid b. Sâlih al-Muwayni`
 

”A mosque is the best of places. It is more blessed and virtuous than all other places.”

 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“The most beloved of places to Allah is the mosque, and the most detested of places to Allah is the marketplace.”
[Sahîh Muslim]

 

There is great reward in building a mosque for Allah’s sake.

 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah will build for him likewise in Paradise.”
[Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

In some narrations of this hadith, it reads “Whoever builds a mosque seeking Allah’s pleasure…”

 

It is also narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever build a mosque for Allah – be it large or small – Allah will build for him a house in Paradise.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî – and graded as good (hasan) by al-Albânî]

 

In a narration in Musnad al-Bazzâr that al-Albânî graded as authentic, it reads:

 “Whoever builds a mosque for Allah – though it be the size of the ground nest of a sandgrouse – Allah will build for him a house in Paradise.”

 

The building of a mosque is a way for a person to continue to earn blessings after death.

 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Among what continues to accrue for a believer of his good works after death are the following: knowledge that he learned and then imparted to others, a pious child whom he left behind, a copy of the Qur’ân that he bequeathed, a mosque that he built, a guest house he built for travelers, a river that he made to flow, and charity he spends from his wealth when he is in good health – all of this continues to avail him after his death.” [Sunan Ibn Majah and Sunan al-Bayhaqî – and graded as good (hasan) by al-Albânî]

 

Al-Shawkânî comments on this hadîth in Nayl al-Awtâr (2/213), saying:

“This shows that the blessings which are mentioned are for the actual construction of a mosque. It is not enough to designate land as a mosque – or to demarcate the land in some way – without building a structure on it.”

 

And Allah knows best.

 

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