Praying on campus with mosque nearby
Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
On campus at our college we have Jumah and there is also a Masjid not far away. On the assumption that a person can make either Jumah (i.e. no class conflicts, no ride problem) does the person have a choice on where to do it? Some people have stated that Campus Jumah is more relevant to those who come as oppose to the Masjid (for example campus jumah may speak in regards to troubles on Campus and other directly related stuff where the Khutbah at the Masjid is your typical Khutbah). Is this a valid point? Do people have a choice?
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
In the Hanafi school, it is permitted to hold Friday prayers at multiple venues. It is, thus, in itself permitted to hold prayers at both locations. There is nothing wrong with choosing the Friday prayer one attends on the basis of benefit.
However, this should be done with wisdom, especially on part of the Muslim student leadership, so that no disunity or divisions arise as a result.