Can a men pray Salah/Namaz at home?

Can a man pray Salah/Namaz at home in Islam? Can you pray at home instead of going to the mosque? 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 prevents him from going 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, 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 the 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: Prayer in congregation is 27 times superior to 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 that when a man performs Namaz in congregation in a mosque, the angels continue to invoke Allah’s blessings on him as long as he is in his place of worship in the state of Wudu. – Riyad as-Salihin 1065

Absolution from the Fire

Whoever performs Salah 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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