It is known that prayers are accepted wherever you perform them — washrooms and graveyards notwithstanding — and that it is not required to go to an actual masjid building to pray. As the prophet said,

The whole earth is a mosque for you, so pray wherever you are when the time for prayer comes.

However, I was wondering if there is any solid evidence that praying in the masjid itself has any benefit. I am aware of numerous hadiths which indicate that praying in congregation is much more blessed than praying alone (which is easier to arrange when you're at a masjid,) and also of hadiths which emphasize the importance of responding to the adhan (which is usually called from a masjid), and even many which explicitly mention the masjid itself (but clearly in the context of either the congregation or the adhan as above, rather than the actual building), but I don't know of any clear evidences that even this congregational prayer is more valuable inside an actual masjid compared to being prayed just anywhere.

Does praying in a masjid give extra reward than praying outside of one?

  • It is considered to be 27 times higher in value if you pray in Mosque, as I have heard.
    – defau1t
    Jul 4 '12 at 13:43
  • Would it do if the answer focuses specifically on congregational prayers? Or are you looking for all kinds of prayers in general, offered inside the mosque? Feb 6 '14 at 21:25
  • @BleedingFingers Just prayers in general, be they congregational or individual.
    – goldPseudo
    Feb 6 '14 at 21:31

There is additional sawaab when you pray in a masjid and even more more sawaab if you pray in the row just behind the Imam.
There is a hadith about importance of praying in a mosque (Ther might be more than one but this is the one i know)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "The prayer offered in congregation is twenty five times more superior (in reward) to the prayer offered alone in one's house or in a business center, because if one performs ablution and does it perfectly, and then proceeds to the mosque with the sole intention of praying, then for each step which he takes towards the mosque, Allah upgrades him a degree in reward and (forgives) crosses out one sin till he enters the mosque. When he enters the mosque he is considered in prayer as long as he is waiting for the prayer and the angels keep on asking for Allah's forgiveness for him and they keep on saying: 'O Allah! Be Merciful to him, O Allah! Forgive him, as long as he keeps on sitting at his praying place and does not pass wind.
Bukhari Book 1 Volume 8 Hadith 466

Some say the reward is 27 times not 25.

  • It may be that the 27x is in a weak hadith. Can you please research it and update your answer? That would be awesome :)
    – ashes999
    Sep 4 '12 at 20:30
  • I'm a bit suspicious when you say: "more sawaab if you pray in the row just behind the Imam."
    – Hakim
    Sep 16 '14 at 20:29

Praying in masjid is a reclamation. If none do this masjid would be abandoned. Thus praying in masjid is better than other places as Quran says At-Tawbah:9/18:

إِنَّمَا يَعْمُرُ مَسَاجِدَ اللَّهِ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَى الزَّكَاةَ وَلَمْ يَخْشَ إِلَّا اللَّهَ فَعَسَىٰ أُولَٰئِكَ أَن يَكُونُوا مِنَ الْمُهْتَدِينَ ﴿التوبة: ١٨﴾

Only he shall inhabit masjids of Allah who believes in Allah and the Last Day, and performs the prayer, and pays the alms, and fears none but Allah alone; it may be that those will be among the guided.


narrated by Abu Hurairah (R.A), Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said; a man praying with the congregation is twenty-seven times better than a man praying alone. (Tirmidhi)

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