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Coronavirus and Missing the Friday Prayer

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Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question: Assalamu alaykum

What will happen if we have lockdown in a country and missed three Jummah?

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question.

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Whoever abandons Friday (prayer) three times, for no necessary reason, Allah will place a seal over his heart.” [Ibn Majah]

The current situation with coronavirus and the possible danger to one’s health by attending the mosque constitutes a valid reason to miss the Friday prayer. One should follow the directives of one’s government for one’s own safety and the safety of those around one, at least until the situation gets better.

May Allah protect everyone from this.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterwards, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

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