Can I Miss Jumuah Prayer Once COVID-19 Lockdown Is Relaxed?

04 September, 2020
Q As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown eases, mosques around the world are opening up with strict rulings and conditions in place. Following rulings and conditions that are in place is extremely important. But, is someone who doesn't want to go sinful?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

1- Jumuah (Friday prayer) is a fundamental obligation with very few exceptions. This has always been the ruling and will always remain a ruling for Jumuah prayer.

2- The same ruling of Jumuah prayer will not apply in light if Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it would normally.

3- It is very difficult to say that someone who is so scared and worried for their health is sinful if he does not go to the mosque to offer Jumuah prayer.

4- However, we should not allow Satanic whispers to become the dominant position in this issue. We have to fight those desires and get back to the state of sacredness that we had for Jumuah prayer before.

5- We can make use of the concessions that offering Jumuah prayer might go over to Asr payer. So those who are concerned about their health can choose the times that are quitter and safer for them.


Sheikh Abu Esa Niamatullah elaborates more on this issue in this video:

Almighty Allah knows best.

Source: FaithIQ