Why are you far from the imam in jummah?

It is also highly recommended that one come close to the Imaam in Jumu’ah prayer.

It is affirmed that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever performs ablution perfectly on Friday, then comes to the Friday prayer and sits close (to the Imaam), listens attentively to the Khutbah (religious talk) and keeps silent, his (minor) sins between that Friday and the following Friday will be forgiven, with the addition of three more days; but he who touches pebbles (plays with anything such as straws, one’s watch, etc.) has committed an evil act, (which will undoubtedly deprive one of the Friday reward).”

[Reported by Ahmad, Muslim, Abu-Dawoud, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah, on the authority of Abu Hurairah and authenticated by al-Albaani and graded Saheeh.]

In another narration, Imaam Ahmad reported on the authority of Samurah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu):

Attend Friday (prayer) and come close to the Imaam. The man who delays the Friday prayer (such that he attends late) will be delayed from entering Jannah though he is one of its people.”

[Hadeeth Hasan by al-Albaani]

It is also reported by Ahmad in his Musnad on the au- thority of Samurah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Attend the Jumu’ah prayer and sit close to the Imaam. The more a man retreats from the Imaam, the lower his rank will be in Jannah (Paradise), though he will enter it.”

[Reported by Abu Dawoud, al-Baihaqi, and al-Haakim. Authenticated by al-Albaani and graded Saheeh]

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