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''You can be a Muslim unless you attend a mosque.'' Do you agree?

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'You can't be a Muslim unless you go to a Mosque'' Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and show that you have looked at more than on point of view. The Shahadah, the first pillar of Islam, is the Muslim's declaration of faith in the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as his prophet. Reciting the Shahadah in Arabic and believing in it would make one a Muslim. It bears no mention that a Muslim has to go to a mosque. Therefore, one does not necessarily have to go to the mosque to become a Muslim. ...read more.

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The niyyah, which is the intention, is considered to be far more important. If a Muslim willing to attend the mosque cannot do so because of a valid reason, he would still gain the full spiritual credit by praying at home. As the Hadith states, 'Wherever the hour of prayer overtakes you, you shall perform it. That place is a mosque.' The place of prayer is not too important, as long as the niyyah is correct. Although it is not compulsory for a Muslim to go to the Mosque, going to a Mosque does have more advantages than gaining more spiritual credits. ...read more.

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This becomes more significant especially in non-Muslim countries, where Muslims can take comfort in the company of the fellow Muslims. It is where men can pray without distraction and children can learn about their faith. By gathering together and pray without distraction, Muslims can strengthen their faith in Allah. It is certainly not true to state that one cannot become a Muslim unless he attends the Mosque. However, the apparent advantages of attending a Mosque make it unlikely that a Muslim would not want to pray at a Mosque unless they were unable to. Muslims who are too lazy to attend a mosque should not regard themselves as Muslims, as their faith could not even provide the motivation to make the effort to attend a mosque. ...read more.

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