I need to know if it is sunnah to walk to mosque.

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I need to know if it is sunnah to walk to mosque. I ran to mosque in ramadan in order to read the sunnah before the actual salaah.I always stop running a distance before the mosque door in order not to be breathless.I am aware of a HADITH that teaches not to run in the mosque but I need a quotation of a hadith that teaches that one should walk to mosque as I heard this before.I thought if one is late then one should hasten to salaah and that the sunnah prayer counts more in Ramadan.

Did I do the wrong thing by not walking to mosque?


jazakallah khairan


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Walk run rush to mosque

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Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 2.51a

Topic: Going to the mosque with calm and dignity

It is preferred for one to walk to the mosque with calm and dignity and not in a hurry or rush. This is because the person is considered to be in prayer when he is going to the salah (and also while he is waiting for it). Abu Qatadah says: "We were praying with the Prophet (saws) when we heard the clamoring of some men. When they had prayed, the Prophet (saws) inquired: 'What was the matter with you?' They answered: 'We were hurrying for the salah.' He (saws) said: 'Do not do that...when you come to the salah come in peace and calm, and pray what you can with congregation and complete what you have missed.'"

(Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim)


Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet (saws) said: "When you hear the ‘iqamah’, proceed to the prayer with calm and dignity and do not rush. Pray what you can (with congregation) and complete what you miss."

Related by Bukhari and Muslim.


Your Question: I need to know if it is sunnah to walk to mosque.

It is an extremely preferred Sunnah and the guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) that when a believer walks towards a masjid to offer his prayers, even if the prayer has started, the believers should neither rush or hurry, but walk in a calm and dignified manner towards their place in ‘salaah’, then pray whatever they can with the congregation and complete what they have missed.  It is expected that they will receive their full and due reward from their Lord.


Your Question: I thought if one is late then one should hasten to salaah and that the sunnah prayer counts more in Ramadan. Did I do the wrong thing by not walking to mosque?

Abu Hurairah reports that the Prophet (saws) said: "The prayer of a man in congregation is twenty-seven times more superior (in reward) to his prayer in his house or market - and this is because he makes the wudu and perfects it, and goes to the masjid with the sole purpose of performing the salah. He does not take a step without being raised a degree, and having one of his sins erased. When he prays, as long as he does not lose his wudu, the Angels keep on supplicating [for him] 'O Allah, bless him. O Allah, have mercy on him.' And he is considered in salah as long as he is waiting for the salah."

Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim,


Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "If the people knew what (excellence, rewards, etc.) was in the ‘adhan’ and the first row (of the prayer), and that they could not get it save by drawing lots, they would draw lots!  If they knew the reward for praying the noon prayer early in its time, they would race to it. And if they knew the reward for the night and the morning prayers in congregation, they would come to them even if they had to crawl!"

Related by al-Bukhari.


Sahih Muslim Hadith 880      Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: ‘If you were to know what (excellence) lies in the first rows, there would have been drawing of lots (for filling them).’


The Messenger of Allah (saws) guided the believers to come as early as possible for their ‘salaah’ in congregation, and strive their utmost to take their positions in the first rows….for if one only knew the excellence and rewards and merits of praying the first row behind the imam, the believers would draw lots to occupy those blessed spaces!


If one is delayed for any reason in attending their prayers, the Prophet (saws) guided that one approach the masajids in a calm and dignified manner and neither run nor rush to catch their prayers. 


Indeed every act of worship done in Ramadan has more rewards and merits in the Scales of Allah Subhanah; and if one wishes to avail them, one should come as early as possible for their prayer….but it would be severely disliked and discouraged that one run or rush towards the salaah, whether in  Ramadan or at any other time of the year.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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