When our beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم Migrated from Makkah to Madina and reached Quba, there he صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم built the first masjid of Islam. This Masjid is called Masjid e Quba. This masjid is mentioned in the blessed Quran Alkareem as well in these words “لَمَسۡجِدٌ اُسِّسَ عَلَی التَّقۡوٰی مِنۡ اَوَّلِ یَوۡمٍ اَحَقُّ اَنۡ تَقُوۡمَ فِیۡہِ ؕ” indeed the masjid that has been founded on piety from the very first day deserves that you should stand in it. Our beloved Rasool
صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم himself participated in the construction of this Masjid and did the labor work. He صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم laid the foundation stone with his own blessed hands and carried heavy stones for building Masjid Quba. When respected companions requested him to carry his stone, he صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم would give that stone to his companion to hearten him and carry another stone of the same weigh. He would read these couplets of Abdullah bin Rwaha
رَضِىَ اللهُ عَنْهَُ in course with other companions.
“وَیَقْرَءُ الْقُرْاٰنَ قَائِمًا وَّقَاعِدًا …….َافْلَحَ مَنْ یُّعَالِجُ الْمَسْجِدَا”
It means the one who builds the Masjid and reads Holy Quran becomes successful.
Beloved and blessed Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم encouraged building masjids and told us the reward of building masjids. Here are few ahadees in this regard:
“It is narrated from Muhammad bin labeed that when Usman bin Affan رَضِىَ اللهُ عَنْهُ intended to build the masjid the people did not like it. They liked that it should be kept in the same state. On this occasion syiduna Usman said : I heard the beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم saying: the one who builds a Masjid for Allah, Allah will build a house for him like it in Paradise. (Sahih Muslim hadees 30 )
In another Hadees pak, it is said that the reward of building Masjid reaches to the person even after his demise. Here is that hadees:
“It was narrated that Abu Hurairah رَضِىَ اللهُ عَنْهَُ said: The beloved Rasool stated: The reward of the good deeds that will reach a believer after his death are: Knowledge which he taught and spread; a righteous son whom he left behind; a copy of Quran that he left as legacy; a masjid that he built; a house that he built for travellers; a canal that he dug; or charity that he gave during his lifetime when he was in good health. These deeds will reach him after his demise.” ( Sunan Ibn e Majah Hadees 242)
Dear brothers! We have learnt that building Masjid is a great virtuous act. The beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم himself participated in the building of Masjid. The reward of building Masjid reaches to the person even after his demise and whatever virtuous acts are done in the masjid, he receives its reward in his grave. When a person builds a masjid in this world, Allah Almighty builds a house for him in Jannah. In other words, the reward of ‘build a masjid’ is Jannah and such a great it is. We should also try to participate in the building of masjids. Let us make this intention that we will build a Masjid and try to help those who are building jama masjid or any other masjid because ‘Build a masjid project’ is a project of all Muslims. It is not like the house project of any person or any shopping center of any company. This work is for pleasure of Allah Almighty and money spent in building masjid is in the way of Allah Almighty. May Allah Almighty enable us to build a masjid for His sake. Ameen.