Every committed Muslim should strive hard to perform congregational prayers on their appointed times in the Mosque because performing prayers in the Mosque encourages one to inch closer to Allah in addition to attaining Allah’s generous reward.
Dr. `Abdul-Fattah `Ashoor, professor of the Exegesis of the Qur’an at Al-Azhar University, states: “Hearing the call to prayer ( Adhan) is not necessary for attending the congregational prayer bearing in mind that distance is no problem with modern telecommunications, which make it easy for people to identify the due time of prayer.
Besides, living far away from the Mosque will increase the reward of attending the congregational prayer in the Mosque. Here, I recall the incident of Banu Salmah who sought the Prophet’s permission to move from their distant homes to live near the Mosque. Thereupon, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) advised them to remain in their places, for that would increase their reward when attending the prayer in the Mosque.
Although prayer at home is permissible, performing it in the Mosque is more virtuous as it entails a generous reward, Insha Allah.”