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The Blind Sahabi (radiyallahu’anhu) who asked to be excused from Salah with Jama’ah

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What is the authenticity of the narration about the blind man who asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) about attending the congregational prayer?


You are probably refering to the following authentic (sahih) Hadith:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that a blind man came to Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) and said: ‘O Rasulullah, I don’t have a guide to walk me to the masjid for salah.’

He then asked Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) to allow him to offer his [fard] salahs at home. Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) permitted him.

When this blind person turned to leave, Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) called him back and asked: ‘Do you hear the adhan?’

He replied: ‘Yes.’

Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) then said: ‘Then respond.’ [i.e, attend]

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1484)

In this Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) first explained to the Sahabi (radiyallahu’anhu) that he doesn’t have to attend the congregational salah due to his excuse. In other words, it is not binding on him.

Thereafter, Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) advised him that to attend the congregational salah despite his excuse would be better (mustahab).

(Sharhun Nawawi, Hadith: 1484)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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