This is not an excuse for you to leave the Friday prayer
Fatwa No: 177481

  • Fatwa Date:12-4-2012 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 21, 1433
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Question

We hv 2 small kids (2.5 & 1.5 yrs old) and we dnt hv any 3rd prsn in Qatar to take care of them. Coz of this i'm unable to offer JUMMA PRAYER as we both hv to sleep with one kid in separae rooms. I fear tat if i leave my sleeping kid behind may be my daughter get herself injured. Also, my wife claims its tough to handleboth kids alone coz if 1 kid wakes up other will wake up too and both will cry at the same time which is very difficult for her. plz advice wat 2 do? I feel very ashamed & regretted by missing Jumma Prayer every week. What is the alternative way like any KAFFARA?? I want to save myself from Allah's anger. Plz help me at your earliest

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds.  I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

The Friday prayer is an obligation upon men but not upon women and what you mentioned that you have children is not a sound reason for not attending the Friday prayer as millions of Muslims have double the number of children that you have but this does not prevent them from performing the Friday prayer.

If a child sleeps in a separate room, then you should not be afraid that he may harm himself as long as the place where he is, is safe. Even if your two children wake up and start crying, then this does not matter and it is normal for children to cry at the same time, as the mothers are usually experienced in dealing with the children in such cases.

Since you leave your two children with your wife when you go to work, then you should leave them with her when you go to the Friday prayer. So, dear brother, you should fear Allaah and know that not attending the Friday prayer without a sound reason is a grave major sin and it is a reason for having one’s heart sealed; we seek refuge in Allaah from this.

Indeed, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “People must stop neglecting the Friday prayers otherwise Allaah will seal their hearts and thus they will be among the heedless.” [Muslim]

Besides, Abul-Ja’d Adh-Dhamri  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who is considered to be among the Companions of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Whoever misses three Friday prayers (consecutively) out of negligence, Allaah will seal his heart.” [Ahmad, Abu Daawood, Ibn Maajah, At-Tirmithi and An-Nasaa’i]

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 91358, 138018 and 124673.

Allaah Knows best.

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