Abu Huraira may Allah be pleased with him narrated that Allah's Messenger (PBUH) said:
"The best of the men's rows is the first and the worst is the last; and the best of the women's rows is the last and the worst is the first."
[Reported by Muslim, Bulugh Al-Maram, Ch.10, Hadeeth No.330].
Congregational prayer is highly recommended especially for men as we indicated in yesterday's message. But not all the rows within the congregation get the same reward. Some get more reward than others. And the first row for men gets the highest of all.
The last row of men is bad since they have been deprived of the priority and benefit belonging to the first row. The last row of women is better as they are farthest away from the possibility of mixing with men. In case it is an all female gathering and the congregational prayer is also led by a woman, then the same ruling applies on them. (The first row of women then gets better than their last row, exactly like men).
Make it a habit to learn one new thing about our Deen every day. And Allah knows best.