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The larger the congregation, the better

Question

Is there a Hadith that gives preference to a bigger congregation than a smaller one?

 

Answer

Yes, indeed.

Sayyiduna Ubayy ibn Ka’b (radiyallahu ’anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

’…indeed two people offering Salah in congregation is more pure than a man offering Salah alone. A man offering Salah with two other congregants is purer than with just one. The more [the number of congregants] the more beloved it is to Allah.’

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 555 and Sunan Nasai, Hadith: 843)

Declared authentic by Imams: Ibn Ma’in, Dhuhli, Ibn Khuzaymah and Ibn Hibban (rahimahumullah).

(Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 1476, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al-Ihsan, Hadith: 2056. Refer: Targhib, Hadith: 584 and Fathul Bari, Hadith: 647)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar