Question: Can I combine prayers in order to provide emotional support to someone in a critical medical condition?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
In general, one should strive one’s hardest to pray on time.
However, the Hanbali scholars mention that one may join prayers for hardship (haja). These hardships general include everything that would allow one to skip going to Jumu’a (Kashaf al Qina, Bahuti).
Although this position does not exist in the Shafi’i school, it does resonate with the opinions of many Shafi’i who allow joining for need (haja). And the Shafi’i explicitly mention that giving emotional support to a patient is an excuse for missing Jumu’a (Bushra al Karim, Ba Ishn).
In your particular scenario, I do not see any problem with you joining prayers if it is genuinely difficult to leave the room while your loved one is in the hospital.
I pray this helps.
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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