Surah Al Imran-3:103.
And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur’an),
and be not divided among yourselves,
and remember Allah’s Favour on you,
for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together,
so that, by His Grace,
you became brethren (in Islamic Faith),
and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire,
and He saved you from it.
Thus Allah makes His Ayat
(proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you,
that you may be guided.
What is Jama’ah
Rasulallah Sallallahu alayhi wasalam said:
“My ummah is an ummah which carries out the commands of Allaah;
those (others) who let them down or differ from them do not harm them (the jama’ah)
and they will keep adhering to this path until the Day of Judgement.”
In a contemporary setting, a Jama’ah is a group of people who forbid evil and uphold the truth. Through the process of Shurah, these group of people could be representatives of Muslims at a national level, a regional level or local community level.
More can be said as regards, the Jama’ah being*;
- Taif al Mansurah (The Saved Sect)
- The Ulama (as per the ahadith of Rasulallah Sallallahu alayhi wasalam)
- The Sahabah
- The followers of Islam (Tabeein, Taba at Tabeein and those that follow them-Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah)
- The Imam under whom the Jama’ah follows
Jama’ah for Salah
There have been various opinions regarding Salah for Jama’ah. The Sunnah is clear on the minimum numbers for Jama’ah.
Let us consider the ahadith
Hadeeth of Ubayy ibn Ka’b,
Rasulallah Sallallahu wa salam said:
“For a man to pray with another man is better than his praying alone,
for him to pray with two other men is better than his praying with one other man.
The more men there are, the dearer it is to Allaah.”
Narrated by Abu Dawood (554) and al-Nasaa’i (843).
The ahadith illustrates that two is better than one, and four is clearly better than two.