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لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ِءادرﺪﻟا ﻲﺑَأ ﻦﻋو
لﻮﻘﻳ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮﺳر ﺖﻌﻤﺳ
» ﻦِﻣ ﺎﻣ
ُﻢﻬﻴِﻓ ُمﺎَﻘُﺗ ﻻ ٍوْﺪَﺑ ﻻو ٍﺔَﻳْﺮَﻗ ﻲﻓ ٍﺔَﺛﻼَﺛ
ُنﺎَﻄْﻴﱠﺸﻟا ُﻢِﻬْﻴَﻠَﻋ َذَﻮْﺤَﺘْﺳا ِﺪﻗ ﱠﻻِإ ُةﻼﱠﺼﻟا
ُﻞُآْﺄﻳ ﺎَﻤﱠﻧِﺈَﻓ ، ِﺔَﻋﺎَﻤَﺠﻟﺎِﺑ ْﻢُﻜﻴَﻠَﻌَﻓ
َﺔَﻴِﺻﺎَﻘﻟا ِﻢﻨَﻐﻟا َﻦِﻣ ُﺐْﺋﱢﺬﻟا
ﻦﺴﺣ دﺎﻨﺳِﺈﺑ دواد ﻮﺑأ ﻩاور
Abud-Darda' (May Allah be pleased with him)reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, "
three men in a village or in the desert, make no arrangement for Salat in congregation, Satan must have certainly
overcome them. So observe Salat in congregation, for the wolf eats up a solitary sheep that stays far from the flock
[Abu Dawud].
This Hadith also stresses the importance of offering Salat in congregation and mentions the
disadvantages of offering it individually. One who remains aloof from the congregation, is like the sheep which is
separated from its herd and becomes a victim of the wolf. One who lives alone is easily overpowered by satanic