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Inability to Offer Prayer in Congregation

Answered as per Maliki Fiqh by BinBayyah.net

In our country, where power is held by a secular majority that adopts Western ideologies, we live in a state of severe alienation and restriction. We cannot even answer the call to Prayer. Are we sinners? In fact, if we perform Friday Prayer, we are at a high risk of being imprisoned or punished. What should we do in such circumstances?

All praise is to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah.
It is too sorrowful a tragedy to find an Islamic country where Muslims are prevented from performing Prayers at mosques. I advise the questioner and other Muslims living in that country to try to talk to the government to allow the performance of congregational Prayers. If it is a fact that the West itself calls for freedom of religion and freedom of thought, then Muslims should never remain in such a restrictive situation.
If the questioner could not convince them peacefully, then he should try to move to another country where congregational Prayer is established. And if he could neither move nor negotiate with them, then Allah never lays on one a burden that he cannot bear. When the due time of Prayer commences, he may pray at home in congregation with his family or friends, and he is to perform Friday Prayer as four rak`ahs (units of Prayer) at home too, as long as this is the most he can do. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If I order you to do something, then do as much as you can of it” [Al-Bukhari, 7288; Muslim 1337].

This answer was collected from BinBayyah.net, which contains of feature articles and fatawa by world renowned ‘Alim, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, from Mauritania.