Reserve a part of your prayer for the house

Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullaah reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

إِذَا قَضَى أَحَدُكُمُ الصَّلاَةَ فِي مَسْجِدِهِ فَلْيَجْعَلْ لِبَيْتِهِ نَصِيبًا مِنْ صَلاَتِهِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ جَاعِلٌ فِي بَيْتِهِ مِنْ صَلاَتِهِ خَيْرًا

“When any one of you observes prayer in the mosque he should reserve a part of his prayer for his house, for Allah would make the prayer as a means of betterment in his house.”

[Muslim #778]

Al-Manaawi, in explanation of al-Suyuti’s al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, wrote the following about this hadeeth:

” إذا قضى أحدكم الصلاة في مسجده ” : يعني : أدى الفرض في محل الجماعة ، وخص المسجد لأن الغالب إقامتها فيه ، ” فليجعل لبيته ” : أي : محل سكنه ، ” نصيبا ” : أي : قِسما ، ” من صلاته ” : أي : فليجعل الفرض في المسجد والنفل في بيته لتعود بركته على البيت وأهله كما قال ” فإن الله تعالى جاعل في بيته من صلاته ” : أي : من أجلها وبسببها ، ” خيراً ” : أي كثيراً عظيماً ، لعمارة البيت بذكر الله وطاعته ، وحضور الملائكة ، واستبشارهم ، وما يحصل لأهله من ثواب وبركة .

If any one of you observes prayer in his masjid” – meaning: to perform the obligatory prayer in the place of congregation, and specifically the masjid since that is the most common place in which to perform it, – “he should reserve for his house” – meaning: his place of residence – “a part” – meaning: a portion – “of his prayer” – meaning: so he should make the obligatory prayers in the masjid and the optional prayers in his house in order to return his blessing on the house and it’s people, as he (ﷺ) said, “for Allah would make the prayer as a means” -meaning: a source and cause of it – “of betterment in his house” – meaning: in great and abundant measure, for filling the house with the remembrance of Allah and obedience to him, and the presence of the angels, and their glad tidings, and its inhabitants obtain of reward and blessings.

وفيه : أن النفل في البيت أفضل منه في المسجد ولو بالمسجد الحرام

And from this: that optional prayers in the home are better than those in the masjid, even if it is in al-masjid al-haraam.

[Fayd al-Qadeer 1/418]

See also: Do not make your houses like graves: Sharh al-Nawawi

See also: Praying the voluntary prayers in the home: ibn Qudaamah

See also: The first deed to be reckoned

See also: Indeed, the prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing: Tafsir al-Sa’di

See also: Du’a or Dhikr after the Salaah?: Ibn Taymiyah