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I wanted to know if the Juma prayers are still Fard on a person under the following condition

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I wanted to know if the Juma prayers are still Fard on a person under
the following condition: I work on juma day from and i am unable to leave to have a break. I have asked for even leave but they are not happy to give. In these circumstances i dont know what to do. I would be very thankful if you can guide me the right path. I haven't prayed for last three and half months and the guilt is increasing day by day. my timing of work are from 8.30 -11.30 and pm.

Awaiting for your reply brother.

Your Brother

perth, Australia

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Working on Friday Jumua

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 62 Surah Jumua verses 9-11:

9 O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly) hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah and leave off business (and traffic): that is best for you if ye but knew!

10 And when the Prayer is finished then may ye disperse through the land and seek of the Bounty of Allah: and celebrate the Praises of Allah often (and without stint): that ye may prosper.

11 But when they see some bargain or some amusement they disperse headlong to it and leave thee standing. Say: "The (blessing) from the Presence of Allah is better than any amusement or bargain! And Allah is the Best to provide (for all needs)."


Allah and His Messenger (saws) have made the Jumua or Friday mid-noon prayers for every free, sane, adult, resident believing male who has the ability to attend the assembly and does not possess a valid excuse to miss it. Some scholars are of the opinion that if ones work pertains to life and death situations, or is of the status of emergencies like security, doctors, fire-fighting, etc., and one cannot find someone to substitute ones place for another, the person has a valid reason to miss his Jumua prayers when on duty.


Beloved brother, you could talk to your supervisors and request them to let you off for a few hours on Friday to worship your Lord, in lieu of which you would work a similar number of hours or even more if they wish on another day; I am sure you could come to an amicable agreement with your employers.


If your employers absolutely do not agree and refuse to give you permission to miss work for a couple of hours on Friday, it would be best if you could immediately seek to employ your talents elsewhere, where there would be no restrictions on you to worship your Lord.


Beloved Brother, for the Jumua prayers you have missed for the past three and a half months, seek sincere repentance from your Lord Most Merciful who knows the exact condition and state of each in His creation; it is expected that you will find Him Forgiving and Merciful.


Your Question: I wanted to know if the Juma prayers are still Fard on a person under the following condition:

Beloved Brother, if the nature of your work is dealing in emergencies where the situations of life and death might arise, then it is the opinion of some good scholars that Friday or Jumua prayers are not obligatory on such people. But if the nature of your work is normal, then it would be an obligatory duty upon you to answer the call of your Lord and attend the Friday mid-day prayer in congregation.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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