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Jumuah Prayer and COVID-19

Answered by: Maulana Selim Saldiran


I would appreciate it if this could be responded to promptly. Recently, due to the coronavirus outbreak, there has been a lot of panic. Due to this, my mother has declared that I am no longer allowed to head out for Friday prayer (and other congregations). What should I do?

As additional information, I currently live in the UAE, Dubai and schools have just been shut down for 4 weeks. In total there have been an estimated 20 cases.

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Firstly, if someone has symptoms of the virus he should not attend the prayer. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “A sick person should not be taken to one who is healthy.” (Muslim)

Secondly, a highly vulnerable person should also refrain from public places (like the elderly). The Prophet (pbuh) said: “One should stay away from the disease, as one runs away from a lion.” (Bukhari)

If someone is not amongst these groups, he should attend the Friday prayer.[1] 

If there are some restrictions by the government, he should pray Zuhr at home.[2]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Selim Saldiran

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

[1] Marāqī al-Fallāh, Maktabat al-‘Asriyya, 193

[2] Radd al-Muhtar, Dar al-Fikr, 2/151

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