isn’t it funny how one of the fundamental reasons hijabs and other headcoverings are worn is so that muslim women are not subjected to superficial discernment and judged by their character rather than their beauty, but the western world has subverted that value and objectified millions of muslim women by reducing them to the garment they choose to wear, criticising the loss of their identity and individuality? and by funny I mean not at all???

When I look at the Masajid in countries and places I have visited and visit, I always tell myself these are edifices of the works of those who adorned the sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

Did you know that building masajid was such a vital practice of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum and that this intensified more after the death of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam?

Yes, every city that the Muslim army conquered a masjid or masajid were built in it. The story of 'Utbah Ibn Ghazwan Radiyallahu Anhu the founder of city of Basra is a proof to this for he FIRSTLY built a masjid in this city and this was at the time of the caliphate of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu.

This Caliph (Umar Ibn Al Khattab) had such love for masajid that during his reign, historical documents and statistics state that around 4000 Masajid were built. ALLAHU’AKBAR!

It was through his caliphate that the governors he assigned in countries became known for building Masajid. There is another one who was like ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan and he was 'Iyaad Ibn Ghanam Radiyallahu Anhu, the founder of the city of Jazira who founded a number of masajid in various parts of the Arabian peninsula.

We can never deny that the practice of planning and building of masajid by the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were also based upon the saying of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam:

“Whoever builds a Masjid for the sake of Allah, Allah will build something similar for him in Paradise.”
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Allahu’akbar! Do we not feel such love for the masajid? Knowing that the traces of these buildings were not just architectural history but Islamic history, that every single time we step inside a masjid, we are not only reminded of our worship to Allah Azza Wa Jall but also reminded of how the people before us have fought and given up their lives just so we get to taste a sweet and smooth sailing venture to our deen. 

Indeed, we might not be living in the same era in which the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum, but seeing these buildings all over our countries and hearing such call from them five times a day, wallahi my brothers and sisters in Islam do we not feel the urge to answer the call and pray?

Verily, building and being involve on such projects of reviving the sunnah such as building a masjid brings about such a spiritual uplifting in our souls. So, I urge you to go and help out but if chances are that we are not able to help build one, then at least let us respect and give preference to these places.

Remember the walls of these buildings are not mere walls or tiles or texture, if one can appreciate the architectural beauty of some secular building then I’m telling you, the masajid are not just of architectural beauty but a grandeur of your beautiful roots, the roots of your humanity and way of life, Islam.
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And may we become among those people who love and adorn the sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

Amin.

Zohayma
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Story: Futhul Buldan by Al-Baladharee, p. 182
Hadith: Sahih Muslim
Picture: Grand Masjid in Paris, France built in 1926

Here’s a list of some ahadith and qur’an verses in regards to the grandeur of The Masjid

'Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “There is no religion except with a jamaa’ah, and there is no jamaa’ah except with a ruler, and there is no ruler except with hearing and obeying (him).”
—  [Reported by ad-Daarimee in his Sunan, 1/69, via Mu’aamalah al-Hukkaam, p. 5, of Shaykh ‘Abd as-Salaam ibn Barjis aal ‘Abd al-Kareem]
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