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Abu Hurairah ( May Allah be pleased with him ) reported:

I heard the Messenger of Allah ( may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ) saying, "When the Iqamah is pronounced, do not come to the prayer running, you should walk calmly with tranquillity to join the congregation. Then join in what you catch for and complete what you miss."

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The companions of the Prophet (may Allah be pleased with them), were the most keen to attend the congregational prayer in the mosque and to perform it with reverence behind the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Yet, if the Iqamah is pronounced some of them may hurry up to catch the congregational prayer. Therefore, the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, forbade them from doing so because the prayer is based on the reverence. It requires prior preparation which is the state of tranquility in which the Muslim should be in all the acts of worship, especially the prayer.

There is a sanctity for the prayer, the mosque where the prayer is held, the Messenger of Allah ( may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ) and the imam who leads people in prayer. Moreover, those who pray should not be distracted from their prayer. All of these reasons require the slave of Allah to walk with tranquility in order to attend the congregational prayer.

The slave shall hasten to pray before pronouncing the Iqamah if he wants to be one of those who proceed to the goodness.   

The Prayer is a kind of striving against the soul and the devil. He who fought himself and his devil has won and attained the reward of the world and the rewards of the Hereafter, indeed with Allah is the good reward.

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