Try To Get The First Shaf!

The best shaf (row) for men who attends jama’ah in the masjid is the leading shaf. Prophet Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam said:

لَوْ يَعْلَمُ النَّاسُ مَا فِي النِّدَاءِ وَالصَّفِّ الأَوَّلِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَجِدُوا إِلا أَنْ يَسْتَهِمُوا عَلَيْهِ لاسْتَهَمُوا

If people know the virtues that exist in the call to prayer and the first shaf (row), then they will not get it except by raffling, surely they will draw it” (Narrated by Bukhari no.615, 652, 2689, Muslim no.437)

In another hadith:

لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ أَوْ يَعْلَمُونَ مَا فِي الصَّفِّ الْمُقَدَّمِ لَكَانَتْ قُرْعَةً

If you or they knew the virtues contained in the forefront of the shaf, surely that would be the lottery material” (Narrated by Muslim no.439)

The Prophet Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam also said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى الصُّفُوفِ الْمُتَقَدِّمَةِ

Allah and the Angels worship the people who are in the foremost shaf” (Narrated by An Nasa-i no. 810). Validated by Al-Albani in the Sahih An Nasa-i).

In another hadith:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى الصَّفِّ الأَوَّلِ

Allah and the Angels pray for the people who are in the first shaf” (Narrated by Ahmad no.18152, Ibn Majah 825, validated by Al Albani in Shahih Ibni Majah).

The Prophet Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam also said:

خيرُ صفوفِ الرجالِ أولُها . وشرُّها آخرُها . وخيرُ صفوفِ النساءِ آخرُها . وشرُّها أولُها

The best Shaf for men is the first, the worst is the last. While the best shaf for women is the last, the worst is the first “(Narrated by Muslim no.440).

So try to get the first shaf, not to be overtaken by others and don’t let other people occupy it instead.

May Allah give us His taufeeq.

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