What is the importance of Masjid?
Since the beginning of Islam, Masajid have been built to provide a common place to worship Allah (swt). The building is referred to as the “House of Allah” and Muslims revere the place with love and affection. Apart from being a secured place of worship, these Masajid serve as community and knowledge centres.
Muslims visit five times a day for prayers and interact with each other to build a strong relationship and community. Children attend Masjid to learn the Holy Quran and basics of the religion from teachers who serve as custodian of the place and lead the congregational prayers. The Masjid provide a common place where large congregations on every Friday take place and the scholars disseminate the message of peace. Twice a year, congregation for Eid brings everyone closer to celebrate the joys of festivity. If we see closely through Islamic history, we learn that the Masjid served as a strategic site where social, political, economic and military decisions were made.
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah will build for him a house like it in Paradise”.
[Hadith – Bukhari]
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What is the reward for building a mosque?
Our beloved Prophet, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) is the city of knowledge. He informed us about everything we did not know. He has informed us about glad tidings and warned about the trials that a person may face due to his/her acts in this world. Rasool-e-Kareem (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) said,
“Whoever builds a Masjid, desiring thereby Allah’s pleasure, Allah builds for him the like of it in Paradise.” (Bukhari)
Now, who would like to miss an opportunity for a ticket to Paradise?
We must remember that rewards are secured for those who have acted in this world. It is the time that we give in the name of Allah for the causes for which the Nabi Kareem (may Allah be pleased with him and his family) has informed us as of great value.
The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariya (continuing charity), knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him” (Muslim)
Now, building a Masjid is a Sadaqah Jariya, it is a place the promotes knowledge and where children learn Quran and people pray for themselves and those who have passed away. What a great act building a mosque may become!!
Where are Masajid needed?
Wherever a sizeable Muslim population lives, a Masjid shall be needed. Unfortunately, in many Muslim countries people don’t have a reasonable structure of a Masjid. Due to poverty, they are unable to afford costs of building a Masjid that provides a reasonable space with essential facilities such as water, sanitation, electricity, etc. Therefore, such areas lack opportunities to get together for congregational prayers, learn about teachings of Islam and send their children to learn Quran.
FRDP International has completed different Masajid over the last two years and continuously work to identify new areas for the construction of Masajid. Most recently, we have identified village Jubair Khan Jaffry, in Union Council Zarkhel of District Shikarpur in the Sindh Province of Pakistan, where over 180 household do not have a proper Masjid. In this community of about 1,500 individuals including 450 children, the construction of a Masjid is highly needed. Currently, they have designated an area covered with sheets made of straws for a Masjid. The community comprises of different Sindhi tribes belonging to the farming sector as their only source of income. The average household income per month is less than Rs.15,000 or £62/US$84.
What is required to build this mosque?
This community of village Jubair Khan Jaffry has donated a 5000 sq ft piece of land for the construction of the Masjid.
FRDP International has prepared designs for the construction of a mosque that shall facilitate over 100 Musallis to offer their prayers at one time. Moreover, the space shall be enough to provide space for around 200 children to learn Quran.
FRDP International is requesting help from you towards the construction of this mosque which shall cost £15,000, and completed in 4 months.