Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: 

“Were people to know the blessing of pronouncing Adhan and the standing in the first row, they would even draw lots to secure these privileges. And were they to realize the reward of performing Salat early, they would race for it; and were they to know the merits of Salat after nightfall (‘Isha’) and the dawn (Fajr) Salat, they would come to them even if they had to crawl.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


In this hadith the significance of reward for three ibadah have been mentioned: pronouncing adhan and standing in the first row after imam, reward of performing salat in the earlier times and merits of praying Isha and Fajr in congregation in the mosques. If Muslims knew the rewards of these ibadah they would pursuit each other for it. The hadith uses the expression ‘to crawl’ to illustrate the high merits of praying ‘Isha and Fajr in congregation in the mosque. This Hadith also urges to make best to occupy the first rows, as the ‘Angels of Mercy’ pray for the Imam first, then for those who pray immediately behind him in the first row, then those behind them, and so on. It also points out the excellence of Adhan and the great reward of the person who pronounces it.



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