In everyday life we perform five daily prayers, sometimes our prayers and sometimes we also pray alone. As we know that the prayers have a greater reward, and there are many lessons that we can get.
Abu Mas'ud ra, Companions of the Prophet, tell a story. Once, when going to prayers, the Prophet touched each of our shoulders as he said: "Straighten your shaf, not twisted. Shaf crooked heart will cause disunity." (Muslim).
Hadith contains the very meaning we should ponder. Apparently there is a close relationship between the states of Muslims rows when praying in congregation with the state of their hearts. In fact, the heart is what determines a sense of brotherhood, unity, and unity.
Even the Koran states when the heart-broken divorce, although there appears to be outside the union, it was just a false unity.
"You think they were united, though their divorce apart," the word of Allah swt in surah Al-Hashr: 14.
But, among so many discussions about the unity of Muslims today, hardly ever we find the review or analysis that connected with the row or prayer.
In fact, if the imperfection of rows to pray alone can cause the hearts of Muslims divided, would have greater impact if the congregational prayers themselves are not upheld by Muslims.
From history we know that the Prophet since the obligatory prayers five times commanded, he always done in congregation. Even in a precarious situation though, such as war, the crowd remained salad enforced. For that, he has taught procedure. Congregational prayers are also maintained by friends after his death.
How Muslims now, especially us, Muslims in Indonesia is the largest number compared to other countries? Answer these questions we can see in the mosques every prayer time. Mosque filled with worshipers only when the Friday prayer, prayer tarwih, and Eid prayers. When we doing five daily prayers, the mosque which is usually filled with only two or three rows.
Maybe it should say prayer alone is valid. The difference between the congregational prayers and the prayers only on merit alone it is true according to fiqh. But, prayer is not only a mere fiqh matters. The proof, the Prophet himself was connecting rows with social problems.
As a result, when we are often concerned that easily broken up and pitted against sheep one of the source is probably our own in the mosque exactly, when we no longer enforce to the congregational prayers as exemplified by the Prophet.
But, for that we still have an excuse. Demands of modern working hours should make us busy. The answer to this argument is a question: Is there something beyond the bustle and urgency of war? In fact, at that time, the Prophet remained congregational prayers?
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