By the grace of Allah, I’m in Alexandria, Egypt studying Arabic. One of the things that I love about living in Egypt is that there is a masjid in every block, maybe more at times. Its a real blessing to be able to pray in jamat habitually, alhamdulillah, particularly the salat of Fajr and Isha. It makes a real difference to begin the day at the masjid and to end it at the masjid.
For motivation, here are some ahadith of the Prophet that show the importance of praying Fajr and Isha at the masjid:
`Uthman bin `Affan reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying: “One who performs Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat the whole night.”
Another narration mentions:
`Uthman bin Affan narrated that he had heard the Messenger of Allah saying: “He who attends Isha’ in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night; and he who attends `Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for the whole night.”
These ahadith tell us that the reward of praying Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation is so great that it equals the worship of the whole night.
Think about it: every day you can earn this massive reward just by praying at the masjid. Consistent good deeds like this are beloved to Allah, so let’s try our utmost to pray at least one of the two in the masjid. In particular, there is NO reason to miss Isha at the masjid.