Q: My daughter and her family have gone to Australia one year ago. Since then my son in-law is struggling for a job but till last month he did not get regular jobs but he was doing odd jobs. Last month he got a regular job in a good company. Now the problem is that the management did not give him permission to offer Friday prayer in the Musjid, but other prayers he performed in the company’s premises. Now he wants to quit the job for this particular reason. Is this decision ok or he can pray zuhr prayer in place of Friday prayer and continue the job. Please me remember that in Australia getting jobs in very difficult particularly for Muslims.
A: Jumuah Salaah is among the salient features and symbols of Islam. The one who omits the Jumuah Salaah without any valid reason has committed a major sin in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. Not attending the Jumuah Salaah on account of one’s employment is not a valid excuse for omitting the Jumuah Salaah. Hence if the company does not allow him to go for Jumu’ah Salaah, then he should leave the job.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)