Fajr in congregation

Reference: Muwatta Maalik, no.301

‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab missed Sulaymaan ibn Abee Hathmah at the morning (Fajr) prayer. In the morning he went to the market, and [since] Sulaymaan’s house was between the market and the Prophet’s masjid – he [happened to] pass by ash-Shifaa – Sulaymaan’s mother – and said to her:

I did not see Sulaymaan in the morning [Fajr prayer].

She replied:

He spent the night in prayer and [the sleep in] his eyes overcame him.

[In response to her] ‘Umar said:

That I were to attend the morning (Fajr) prayer in congregation is indeed more beloved to me than if I were to stand the [whole] night in prayer.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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