“The person who receives the greatest reward for the Salah is one who lives the farthest and has the farthest to walk.”
-The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Bukhari, Muslim)

While it is compulsory for Muslim men to go to the mosque, it is advised that women pray in their homes. However, Jum’ah prayers are highly recommended to be prayed in the congregation as it is considered as the special day of the week .

The mosque is a place of worship and it sacred such that people compose themselves and leave worldy matters behind them. The Imam can also be consulted for religious matters that are not clear.

Visiting the mosque on Fridays is also recommended by trying to fit a few prayers (at least) per week in the masjid. This will open many doors for you and will insha’Allah grant many good deeds to your account. You will meet people who are connected to Islam; networking opportunities are more readily available; and you are bound to make long-lasting friends. This is one of the things Islam has propagated, such that you can always find people in the masjid.

Although this may be hard initially, try and go to the masjid. The payoff will be huge, even if you just pray and leave right after. You will eventually warm up to the community and you can feel more comfortable going to the masjid whenever you like. Some friends can also be made with regular Muslims who go to the the mosque daily, establishing cordial relationships which is good for Islamic brotherhood.