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Can I pray Zohar instead of Jummah if I’m on the road and can’t pray Jummah?

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Assalamualaykum W.W Please tell me i am a taxi driver, i am on the road all the time can i do my prayer in my car setting on the driver seat on the road some time if i am near the service station then i pray my salat in the service. I also want to know i am working for a english company on fridays some time i cannot pray jumma sometime i am on the road can i pray zohar instead of jummah.will a get punished for not praying jummah.Jazakallah.


(Fatwa: 1814/1428/1429)

(1) Obligatory salah offered sitting in the seat will not be valid. You should get down from the car, face the Qibla and offer qasr salah (obligatory and witr) if you are musafir and full salah if you are muqim. You should also offer sunnah and nafl when you feel comfortable and relaxed.

(2) There is no wrong to offer salah on ground or on bed etc in the service station.

(3) If such situation happens to you, then you should perform Zuhr salah, it is not correct to perform Juma alone, one should offer Zuhr in such condition.

(4) It is a great deprivation to miss Juma deliberately without any lawful and valid excuse. Also, it is a cause of punishment too.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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