At the heart of any Islamic community, a mosque can be found. Mosques are as old as Islam itself; they are the beating heart of the community and stand as a physical example of our faith. The Prophet Muhammad's first action after migration to Madina was the construction of the first mosque of Islam, as it was part of his will to define a place of worship for Muslims everywhere.
A mosque provides us with so much more than a simple house of worship though, it is a precious sanctuary that provides a place for individual enlightenment, education and moral guidance. Inside the hallowed walls of a blessed masjid is where we teach our children about the Qur’an, where we come to honour and worship Allah (SWT) and where we can come together for special occasions in the community, such as holidays, weddings and funerals.
1- As of today, there is no mosque or Musalla for the Muslim community in the whole Antigonish county. Antigonish County has more than 20,000 habitants (as of 2020).
2- The Muslim population in Antigonish county has been growing exponentially since 2015 .
3- There are many Muslim students and employees at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX).
4- There are Muslim physicians working for St. Martha’s Regional Hospital of Antigonish.
The vision of the Antigonish Mosque is to serve as a cultural landmark to gather Muslim youth and adults and to instill Islamic values into their daily life through services and activities that will help the whole community. The recent growth in the Muslim community in Antigonish comes with more challenges in terms of Daawa and Islamic education particularly for kids and youth. The new Mosque will serve the Muslim students in the University as well as the physicians in the regional hospital of Antigonish.
It’s Sadaqah Jariyah!
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (continuing charity), knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him” [Muslim]
Building a mosque is a wonderful act of Sadaqah Jariyah! The reward for building a mosque is unending, and as long as people are benefiting from the mosque you’ve helped build then you will continue to receive rewards from Allah (SWT) even in the Hereafter.. for every prayer said inside a mosque you’ve helped build, Allah (SWT) will reward you in Jannah.
A Palace in Jannah
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever builds a mosque, desiring thereby Allah’s pleasure, Allah builds for him the like of it in paradise.” [Bukhari]
A great reward for building a mosque is being granted a palace in Jannah. Allah (SWT), our benevolent creator, will reward us for building His house of worship here on earth by building us a house in paradise! Building a mosque helps us spread our deen in this world and brings not only ourselves closer to Allah (SWT) but everyone who enters the mosque as well.
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