This year Eid al-Adha will coincide with Friday prayer. Can we skip Friday prayer?
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This year, Eid Al-Adha falls on Friday; Muslims will therefore have two congregational prayers: Friday and Eid prayers on the same day. However, according to many scholars, including Shafi`i and Hanbali scholars, those who perform Eid prayer are allowed to skip the Jumu`ah and replace it with Zhuhr prayer.
This opinion, which is founded on understanding the practice of Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him), is highly recommended given the limited spaces in our masjids and gatherings restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) states that the Prophet (peace be on him) said, “In this day two Eids (Eid and Friday) have fallen concurrently, so if anyone wishes to skip the Jumu`ah, he/she may do so, but we are holding the Jumu`ah anyway.” (Abu Dawud)
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