Friday 11 March 2022

Importance of Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah (The Friday Congregational Prayer)

Last Friday, we shared a post on the desirables before the Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah ( صَلَاة ٱلْجُمُعَة, ), the Friday prayer or Congregational prayer. Now in this post we are sharing a video in which eminent Muslim scholar and preacher Dr Israr Ahmed (may Allah bless him) dwell on the attendance of the Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah. 

But before we share the video, let us a recap of the 9th verse of Surah 62. Al-Jumuah which states the importance of this obligatory prayer for all Muslims over the world::
يٰۤاَيُّهَا الَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡۤا اِذَا نُوۡدِىَ لِلصَّلٰوةِ مِنۡ يَّوۡمِ الۡجُمُعَةِ فَاسۡعَوۡا اِلٰى ذِكۡرِ اللّٰهِ وَذَرُوا الۡبَيۡعَ​ ؕ ذٰ لِكُمۡ خَيۡرٌ لَّـكُمۡ اِنۡ كُنۡتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُوۡنَ‏ 
( 9 )   O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu'ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.

Now having known the desirables for this specific day, we now turn to the prayer itself and know are exempted from this prayer and who are not excused from it and that they must attend the prayer, with some exceptions.

The Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah is mandatory for all adult Muslim men. Those exempted from the Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah include:
  • Slaves, whose masters do not allow them to attend the Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah (This may also include people employed on jobs wherein company policies do not allow them time out)
  • Women, though they are free to join the Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah if adequate arrangements for them exist
  • Children
  • Sick who are unable to go to the masjid
Now over to eminent Muslim scholar Dr Israr Ahmed (may Allah be pleased with him) elaborating the obligation of attending the Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah:
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the video above are that of the concerned scholar . We have shared these view as added information in better understanding of Islam. The reader may or may not agree with the view owing to their own perception.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.
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