Wants to Skip Jumu'ah Prayer out of Fear of Coronavirus
Fatwa No: 430309

  • Fatwa Date:20-10-2020 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 4, 1442
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Question

Alsalam Alikom, my wife is pregnant, is it haram to skip Friday prayer to avoid the big crowd? I worry about me getting Corona since I might transmit it to her. Although I started attending social events with 10 to 20 people. Is my skipping Friday prayer haram?Please adviceThank you,

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

So long as the Friday prayer is held in your town (village) and you are one of those who are obligated to attend the Jumu'ah (Friday prayer), then you must attend it.

Your fear does not allow you to abandon the Friday prayer because avoiding infection of this disease is possible by taking preventive measures such as keeping a sufficient distance between you and those next to you, wearing a mask, avoiding shaking hands, and other measures advised by doctors in this regard.

For more benefit on Friday prayer, please refer to Fataawa 82835, 257203, 356992, and 82979.

Allah knows best.

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