There are only three special mosques on this Earth. Period.
I heard Abu Saeed saying four words. He said, “I heard the Prophet (saying the following narrative).” He (Abu Saeed) had participated in twelve holy battles with the Prophet.
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Do not set out on a journey except for three Mosques i.e. Al-Masjid-Al-Haram, the Mosque of Allah’s Apostle, and the Mosque of Al-Aqsa (Mosque of Jerusalem).”
Making special visits to other mosques is not allowed. This doesn’t mean we can’t visit any other mosques. But setting out on a journey only to visit a mosque (other than these 3) is wrong.
Travelling to another country/city just to pay a visit to a mosque = wrong.
Travelling to another city/country for work/leisure, and visiting mosques = right.
Intention is different, you see. Intention matters.
Narrated Abu Huraira
Allah’s Apostle said, “One prayer in my Mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque excepting Al-Masjid-Al-Haram.”
The best of all mosques is al-Masjid al-Haraam (The Sacred Mosque in Makkah), then al-Masjid al-Nabawi (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah), then al-Masjid al-Aqsa.
Prayer in Masjid al-Haram: reward multiplied by 100,000.
Prayer in Masjid an-Nabwi: reward multiplied by 1,000.
Prayer in Masjid al-Aqsa: reward multiplied by 250.
The multiplication of reward for prayer in al-Masjid al-Haraam is proven in the report narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Majaah (1406) from Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers elsewhere, except al-Masjid al-Haraam, and one prayer in al-Masjid al-Haraam is better than one hundred thousand prayers elsewhere.
This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Mundhiri and al-Busayri. Al-Albaani said: Its isnaad is saheeh according to the conditions of the two Shaykhs [al-Bukhaari and Muslim]. End quote from Irwa’ al-Ghaleel (4/146).
One prayer in al-Masjid al-Aqsa is equivalent to two hundred and fifty prayers offered elsewhere.
It was narrated that Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: We were discussing when we were with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), which is better, the Mosque of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem). The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
One prayer in my mosque is better than four prayers offered there (in Bayt al-Maqdis), and what a good place of prayer it is. Soon there will come a time when, if a man has a piece of land the size of a horse’s rope from which he can see Bayt al-Maqdis, that will be better for him than the whole world.
Narrated by al-Haakim, 4/509; he classed it as saheeh and al-Dhahabi and al-Albaani agreed with him, as it says in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, at the end of the discussion on hadeeth no. 2902.
One prayer offered in the Prophet’s Mosque is equivalent to one thousand prayers (offered elsewhere), so one prayer offered in al-Masjid al-Aqsa is equivalent to two hundred and fifty prayers.
I feel great going through Kitab-ul-Iman of Bukhari. Iman and spirits are high! Alhamdulillah. =)
The best part is that we only need to do small things to achieve the high levels of Iman. For example, yesterday it was about controlling your thoughts and actions. Today, it’s about… Well, let’s find out..
The Prophet (SAW) said, “A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden.”
One word: self-control.
To not harm others from your tongue and hands, and to leave all that Allah has forbidden requires good amounts of self-control. Let’s say if someone behind you pinches you without a reason, what will you do? Pinch back, say a couple of harsh words, or ignore? Many will disagree with me if I say third one is the correct reaction. Because we CAN pinch back right? We’re ‘allowed’ to take revenge, equal in quantity and measure. But let me tell you this: self-control in this situation would require you to ignore WITH a smile. =)
Scenario: Someone brought you candies from abroad. Now you know that a few chocolates have ‘doubtful’ ingredients, especially when they’re made in non-Muslim countries. Whey is an example. Would you eat the chocolate that you love so much, knowing it has a ‘haraam’ ingredient? Or would you leave it for Allah, practicing self-control?
The problem lies here: not many people know how to practice self-control. They just can’t evaluate before acting/reacting the wrong way. So I’ll give you a little tip that I use myself. In order to check the amount of self-control you have, try holding yourself back from the thing you WANT the most.
Scenario: Food is on the table. “Mmmm! I’ll eat this, and this and that too…” WAIT! You ‘want’ to eat food. This is the time you can check yourself. Are you able to hold yourself back from that one dish that you love?
This will definitely give you results, inshaAllah!
I’ll give you a little more motivation. A personal experience on self-control: I haven’t eaten chicken since almost 6 months. ;)
Another really good way to improve self-control is: fasting. In Ramadaan and otherwise. =)