Obligation for congregational prayer – (Hanbali Fiqh)

Answered according to Hanbali Fiqh by

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuhu,
I have read that there is an obligation to pray the 5 fard prayers in congregation if there are no excuses. My questions related to this are
1) What are the excuses? Does a far distance to the next mosque count as an excuse?
2) What if someone prays individually instead of in congregation, even if he has no excuse? Will his individual prayer be still valid?
BarakAlkahu feequm

Answered by Imam Zahed Fettah

Wa’alaikumussalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

1. We will cover the excuses in the chapter of congregational prayer inshallah. In some cases distance counts yes.
2. Yes the prayer is valid, but the man is sinful for doing that without an excuse according to the madhhab.

This answer was collected from The Hanbali Madhhab website. The answers to the questions are given by Imam Zahed Fattah in accordance to the Hanbali School of Jurisprudence.

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