The Salat is the most important act of worship in Islam, and if it is accepted by Allah (SWT), then all other acts of worship are accepted as well. However, if the Salat is not accepted, then all other actions also will not be accepted.
It has been narrated from the 6th Imam, Ja ‘far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq, peace be upon him, quoting his forefathers up to the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him and his family, that he said:
Hadith – Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq
In Islam, perhaps there is no other Mustahab act that carries such benefits and results as Salat al-Jamaat.
As for the importance of it, we quote one narration in which it has been mentioned that:
- If two people form a Jama’at, the reward for one Rak’at will be equal to one hundred and fifty
- If there are three people, the reward for one Rak’at will be equal to six hundred prayers.
- If there are four people, the reward for one Rak’at will be equal to one thousand two hundred prayers.
- If there are five people, the reward for one Rak’at will be equal to two thousand four hundred prayers, and such does the reward multiply, that if there are more than ten people in the Jama’at, then if all the skies were paper, all the seas were ink, all the trees were pens, and all the men, Jinn, and Angels got together as scribes to record the reward of one Rak’at, they would not be able to do it.
It has been emphatically recommended that all obligatory Salat, with special emphasis on Salat al-Fajr, Maghrib and ‘Isha be offered in congregation. More stress has been laid upon those who live in the neighborhood of a Masjid, and upon those who can normally hear the Adhan from their homes.
Wait for the Salat al-Jama’at
It is Mustahab to wait for some time until the Salat al-Jama’at begins with the intention to participate in the Salat, since a short congregational Salat is better than a prolonged Salat offered alone.
In fact, if a person realizes that the Salat al-Jama’at has been established but he has already read his Salat, it is Mustahab to repeat the prayers again in Jama’at.