Importance of Jum’ah Salah at Work
Where I am working my boss allows me one Jummah Salaah in masjid in month. I offered one jummah in Masjid alhadulliah and leave two jummah then I offered fourth jummah in masjid. I offered Zuhar instead whenever I left my jummah in masjid. Otherwise Alhamdulliha I offered all the Salaah timely.
Please suggest me what is shariyah applicable on me. Is it right to do or not. Should I leave my job or fight for all jummah Salaah.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
Jumu’ah Salah is an obligation of Deen. It is not permissible for any Muslim to leave out Jumu’ah without a valid excuse in Sahri’ah. There are severe warnings mentioned against those who leave out Jumu’ah Salah intentionally.
عن جابر بن عبد الله قال خطبنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال «… أن الله قد افترض عليكم الجمعة فى مقامى هذا فى يومى هذا فى شهرى هذا من عامى هذا إلى يوم القيامة فمن تركها فى حياتى أو بعدى وله إمام عادل أو جائر استخفافا بها أو جحودا بها فلا جمع الله له شمله ولا بارك له فى أمره ألا ولا صلاة له ولا زكاة له ولا حج له ولا صوم له ولا بر له حتى يتوب فمن تاب تاب الله عليه..)
It has been mentioned on the authority of Jaabir (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “…Verily Allah Ta’ala has made Jumu’ah obligatory upon you on this very day, in this month of this year, till the day of Qiyamah. The one who leaves out this Salaah during my lifetime or after I have left this world, whether he has a just or unjust ruler, taking this commandment lightly or not accepting the commandment, Allah will create disunity in him, he will have misfortune in all his doings. No Salaah of his will be accepted, no Zakaat of his will be accepted, no Haj of his will be accepted, no fasting of his will be accepted and no good deed of his will be accepted until he repents. Allah Ta’ala forgives the one who seeks for forgiveness…”. (Sunan Ibn Majah Hadith 1081)
عن أبى الجعد الضمرى وكانت له صحبة عن النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم قال « من ترك ثلاث جمع تهاونا بها طبع الله على قلبه
It has been reported on the authority of Abul Ja’ad Al Dhumari (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Allah Ta’ala seals the heart of that person who misses out three Jumu’ahs due to negligence. (Sunan an-Nasa’i Hadith 1370)
It is understood from the severity of the warnings in the Ahadith that is necessary to request from your employer sufficient time off to perform Jumu’ah Salah on Fridays. It is not permissible to miss three out of four Jumu’ah Salahs every month due to your employer’s restrictions.
If there is no possibility of acquiring time off for Jumu’ah Salah in your current job, then you will have to find an alternative job that would facilitate your Jumu’ah Salah.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Mufti Arshad Ali
Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)