Prayer in Congregation (Ahadith 618-621)
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Umar:
Allah’s Apostle said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty seven times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
The Prophet said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty five times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “The reward of the prayer offered by a person in congregation is twenty five times greater than that of the prayer offered in one’s house or in the market (alone). And this is because if he performs ablution and does it perfectly and then proceeds to the mosque with the sole intention of praying, then for every step he takes towards the mosque, he is upgraded one degree in reward and his one sin is taken off (crossed out) from his accounts (of deeds). When he offers his prayer, the angels keep on asking Allah’s Blessings and Allah’s forgiveness for him as long as he is (staying) at his Musalla. They say, ‘O Allah! Bestow Your blessings upon him, be Merciful and kind to him.’ And one is regarded in prayer as long as one is waiting for the prayer.”
Narrated Abu Salama bin ‘Abdur Rahman:
Abu Huraira said, “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘The reward of a prayer in congregation is twenty five times greater than that of a prayer offered by a person alone. The angels of the night and the angels of the day gather at the time of Fajr prayer.’ ” Abu Huraira then added, “Recite the Holy Book if you wish, for “Indeed, the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn (Fajr prayer) is ever witnessed.” (17.18).
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: The reward of the congregational prayer is twenty seven times greater (than that of the prayer offered by a person alone).
Read this in reference.
I tell you. If I was a guy, and I knew all this, I’d never miss out a congregational compulsory prayer, unless there was some genuine problem. How can one miss out on such easily-attainable reward? ^_^