Wouldn't it be nice if one prayer could make up for a week's worth of missed prayers? For instance, you attend an islamic freedom fighter bomb making seminar and a wayward explosion puts you into a coma for a couple of years...
How would you ever catch up on those 5 prayers a day? That's about 3700 missed prayers!
I stumbled upon this handy guide to islamic prayer values. So, as a gesture of goodwill to any muslim readers I may have, I thought I'd blog it:
Not all mosques are the same. Allah grades a mosque based on its location. Here is what Allah says about the merit points (these merit points are exchangeable on the resurrection day).
§ 1 prayer in Mecca = 100 000 prayers in an ordinary mosque; 1 prayer in the Medina mosque of Muhammad = 10 000 prayers; 1 prayer at Bait al-Muqaddis = 1 000 prayers…(Ghazali, p.1.192)
§ Pray in an ordinary mosques = 25 times prayer in house; Jame mosque = 500, Al-aqsa = 50 000, Medina = 50 000, Mecca = 100 000 times…(Mishkat, 2.98)
§ One prayer in Muhammad's mosque (in Medina) is better than 1000 prayers in any other mosques, except the Kaba mosque…(Sahih Bukhari, 2.21.282)
So, my muslim friends, the next time you are unable to pray for any length of time, catching up is just an airline ticket away!
(Cross-posted at SnappedShot.com)