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The Jamaa’ah Is What Confirms The Truth Even If You Were Alone

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Assalamu alaikum.A companion(Allah be
pleased with him)asked Ibn Masood
(Allah be pleased with him)that people
in his town prays Jamaath not at its
fixed time but delays it.So he prays
alone at the fixed time and not with the
Jamaath.So is he doing the right thing?
Ibn Masood(Allah be pleased with
him)told him he was doing the right
thing.Even if he is only one person he
is the Jamaath and the people who pray
in Jamaath not in its fixed time is not
the Jamaath.Jamaath means the one
who is on truth even if he is only one
person.So does that mean Jamaath is
not necessarily used as plural but also
as singular?Does the word Jamaath also
mean one who is on Truth?Thank you.

All perfect praise be to Allah, The
Lord of the Worlds. I testify that
there is none worthy of worship
except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.

The Prophetic narration which you
pointed to in the question is reported in
history and biography books, and
narrated by ‘Amr ibn Maymoon Al-
Awdi who was from the
generation which followed the
companions, may Allah be pleased with
He, heard ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood ,
may Allah be pleased with him, saying:
“ Stick to the Jamaa’ah (the group) as
Allah supports the Jamaa’ah... ”, and
he was encouraging people to stick to
the group and be united.
Once, he [‘Amr ] was in company with
Ibn Mas’ood , may Allah be pleased
with him, and heard him say: “ You will
be ruled by rulers who will delay the
performance of the prayer from its
prescribed fixed time. Therefore, you
should perform the prayer at its
prescribed fixed time as this is a
religious obligation, and then pray
with them, and your prayer (with
them) will be considered for you as a
supererogatory prayer. ” Then, he may
Allah be pleased with him, mentioned
the following at the end of his
statement: “The Jamaa’ah is what
confirms the truth even if you were
alone .”
What ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood , may
Allah be pleased with him, meant is that
whoever is upon the truth which is
legislated in religion, he is with the first
Jamaa’ah, which is that of the Prophet ,
may Allah be pleased with him, and his
noble companions, may Allah be
pleased with him. Therefore, the group
of ignorant people who contradict the
truth and do not follow it should not
be taken into account. Corruption may
spread among people and moral
standards may change, and their
Jamaa’ah may be following falsehood.

Therefore, one should go back to the
correct and firm concept of the
meaning of Jamaa’ah, who are the first
generation who received the revelation
from the Prophet, may Allah be pleased
with him. Hence, the meaning of the
Jamaa’ah does not mean that if a
person performs the prayer alone, he
has performed the congregational
prayer, because the congregational
prayer is achieved by two persons or
more. Rather, what he , may Allah be
pleased with him, meant is that if he
had prayed on time and did not delay
it, he is in conformity with the truth
upon which the Muslim community is

Allah Knows best.


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