God asks us to unite with others – in study, in prayer, in many things – not because it is a show of strength, but because it is a demonstration of weakness. As well as helping to break down the idol of the self, to join with others in worship, for example, is to express openly our existential poverty. Zero plus zero plus zero makes zero, but when there is One in front of them, it makes a thousand. The strength of community comes not from its numbers, then, but from its group focus on Divine unity, and its collective expression of impotence, its open declaration of constant need. It was for this reason that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, ‘Truly, my poverty is my source of pride’.
–Dr. Colin Turner (author of Islam the Basics)