Just got back from Jumu’ah (congregational Friday prayers) and as usual my local mosque was totally packed out and there were at least a couple of hundred people praying in the car park area too. When I worked near Canary Wharf the story was the same – each week there would be many people including professionals who worked in Docklands who would be praying on the pavement because there was just no more room in the mosque. And we had three mosques within five minutes walking distance of each other and still there was not enough room.
‘O you who believe! when the call is made for prayer on Friday, then hasten to the remembrance of God and leave off business; that is better for you, if you know. And when the prayer is ended, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s bounty, and remember Allah much, that ye may be successful.’ (Qur’an 62:9-10)
It really is wonderful to see so many people coming to the mosque each week to acknowledge their faults and weaknesses and ask for forgiveness and help from the only One who is really able to help. Alhamdulillah.