Can a man pray Salah at home?

Can a man pray Salah/Namaz at home in Islam? According to Hadith, there are 6 reasons a man should not pray at home.

Can a man pray Salah at home?

According to many Islamic scholars, a man cannot pray Namaz at home unless there is an emergency situation that does not allow him to go to a nearby mosque. 

  • Establish prayer, pay Zakat and bow down with those who bow down. – Al Baqarah 2:43

While praying at home is acceptable but Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has persuaded and warned people from praying at home throughout his life as explained below.

Can a man pray Salah at home?

Warning to burn houses

The following hadith explains how bad it is for a man to pray Salah at home instead of going to Masjid.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: No doubt, I intended to order somebody to pronounce the Iqama of the (compulsory congregational) prayer, and then I would go to the houses of those who do not attend the prayer and burn their houses over them. – Sahih al-Bukhari 2420

27 Times Reward

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: The prayer in congregation is 27 times superior to the prayer offered by a person alone. – Sahih al-Bukhari 645

Praying the Entire Night

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Whoever prays ‘Isha in congregation is like one who spent half the night in prayer, and whoever prays Fajr in congregation is like one who spent the entire night in prayer.” – Musnad Ahmad 409

Angels pray for the person

In another Hadith, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said When a man is performing Salah in congregation in a mosque, the angels continue to invoke Blessings of Allah on him as long as he is in his place of worship in a state of Wudu. – Riyad as-Salihin 1065

Absolution from the Fire

Whoever performs Salat for Allah for forty days in the congregation, catching the first Takbir, two absolutions are written for him: absolution from the Fire, and absolution from hypocrisy.” – Jami` at-Tirmidhi 241

Allah seals their hearts

Ever wondered why the Quranic verses and Hadiths do not affect our hearts? It is because we have stopped praying in congregations at mosques.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said people should desist from failing to attend the congregations, otherwise, Allah will seal their hearts, and they will be among the negligent. – Sunan Ibn Majah 794

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.