CAIRO – Preserving his position at the first row during prayers at the Prophet's mosque in Madinah for years, an Afghani Muslim has never missed a prayer over more than a quarter of a century, impressing the holy city's visitors.
“I’ve always made sure I perform all prayers in the Prophet’s Mosque since I was a young man,” Haji Muhammad, who never missed a prayer at the prophet's mosque, told the Saudi Gazette on Tuesday, January 21.
Captured by the Saudi TV during all the prayers at the Prophet's mosque (peace be upon him) for dozens of years, Hajj Muhammed gained popularity among Madinah visitors with his black turban.
Muahmmed has also kept his position on the right side of the first row during all the prayers.
“I love picking up the copies of the Holy Qur’an from visitors and putting them back in their cabinets,” Hajj Muhammed said.
At the age of 19, the devoted Afghani has traveled to work in Makkah where he had been as a plumber for 37 years.
Hajj Mushammed's precipitance and obligation has impressed worshippers who have seen him praying at the same spot for years.
After moving to the Saudi Kingdom, Muhammed made an agreement with his sponsor that ensures his rights to attend the five prayers at the mosque.
“When I worked for my sponsor, I told him from the start that I didn’t want to miss any prayer at the mosque and that in Ramadan I won’t work because I’ll be in the mosque all the time,” the elderly man, who has two wives and 12 children, added.
Prophet Muhammad’s mosque was first built in 622 CE, after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) immigrated to Madinah to build a mosque next to his house.
At the Prophet's time, the mosque had an extensive role since it stood as the center of the city community. It was also considered a religious school and a court.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net - Read full article here
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