In the light of the Holy Hadith
Mosques And Life
Prophet Muhammad (saw) says, “…The most beloved places on Earth to Allah are its mosques.”
(Sahih Muslim, Masajid, 288)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The Islamic civilization is the one cantered around the mosque. Mosques are holy places that have from the past to the present borne witness the social life itself and where the Islamic places develop and Muslims unite. The mosque is the heart of our residential areas, the spirit of our cities, and the safe haven for our noble nation and the Muslim ummah. They are not only places for worship, but also hubs where our history, literature, customs and traditions, and culture are intertwined.
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) placed a special emphasis on building mosques and masjids. Upon the hijrah from Makkah to Madinah, he first of all, built the Masjid al-Nabawi. He turned Yathrib into Madinah, and the Masjid al-Nabawi into the cradle of science and knowledge. That way, the Prophet of Mercy actually designed a city model cantered around the mosque and established strong ties between the mosque and the life. It was the Masjid al-Nabawi where he laid the foundation of the Islamic civilization that has, since the Asr al-Saadah, spread justice, wisdom, compassion, peace, safety and security, and knowledge throughout its reach. In the Suffa, a special section in the Masjid al-Nabawi, a group of young and self-sacrificing companions who devoted themselves to knowledge and worship turned out to be the forerunners of a benevolent generation. On one occasion, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) gave the good news that Allah would let those people whose hearts were connected to masjids enjoy the shade of the sky on the Last Day. In this regard, he encouraged Muslims to enhance and improve mosques that are the apple of the eyes of cities by saying, “Whoever builds a masjid for Allah, Allah will build for him a house like it in heaven.”
As we need to eat, drink, and work, and just as they are significant, it is also necessary and valuable to centre our lives around mosques. This is because mosques are exceptional places where we can listen to our own self in the rush of the daily life.