Answered by our Shaykh, the ‘Allāmah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu ‘Abdirrahman Yahya bin ‘Ali Al-Hajūri – may Allāh preserve him – on the 29th, sha’baan, 1431H
We travelled to India for treatment and we don’t know how long we will be here and perhaps we will move from place to place for treatment. It is possible that we could be in this state for some months however we are unsure in regards to how long due to us not knowing when the treatment will finish.
Is it appropriate for us to establish jumu’ah in the hotel due to being prevented in going to the masjid because of corona?
Establish your jumu’ah in the masjid.
Unless you have been prevented, as has been mentioned (in the question) due to the disease corona, and you have been prevented from praying in the masajid, and there are a number of residents in the hotel and the time of prayer kicks in: then pray in congregation, this is a good affair and if there is someone who can establish jumu’ah for them, if they are many in number, and he reminds them of Allah and they pray jumu’ah in other than the masjid, due to the excuse (then this is also good).
For verily there are people who take a specific place within their household or hotel room etc.. as a place of prayer. So whosoever condition is as such and establishes jumu’ah, due to the number of people are many in these places of residence, then the affair is broad.
For verily the people gather on the buses to travel, and likewise they gather in the trains.
For example you find the countries which have trains, they say the gatherings are prohibited however they crowd up at the doors of the trains until the train becomes full, and in them are hundreds.
And likewise they crowd up within the markets to the point that some of them said: “We go to the market and I swear by Allah you are not able to walk due to the congestion.” That which is called ‘the supermarket’.
And likewise the people gather within the houses and within general places of residencies (like flats for example) in hotels.
So why is it that this corona is only these masajid and it can’t be in these other places of gathering.
Due to this the affair is broad, pray the prayer in congregation pray jumu’ah.
And this is wallahi from the means of cure and good health. The jumu’ah and congregational prayers are from the means of good health in the bodies and strength and uprightness in imaan, for the strength of the imaan and the health of the bodies.
Verily within the obedience of allah is good and blessing for the slaves.
And preventing the people from gatherings; Gatherings are a necessity for the life of the person so make this gathering (the jumu’ah and congregational prayer) from the necessities of life. 1, 2, 3 rows within the hotel room for example.
…So they gather in the likes of this and pray if there is someone that can deliver the khutbah and lead then he does so and then they leave:
(فَإِذَا قُضِيَتِ الصَّلَاةُ فَانْتَشِرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَابْتَغُوا مِنْ فَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ)
Then when the (Jumu’ah) Salat (prayer) is finished, you may disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allah (by working, etc.), and remember Allah much, that you may be successful.
The reality is, preventing the people from the hotel, from the congregational prayer….For example it is said we are a group and we stay in a social place of residence, just like the hangars that the military have, and student accommodation, so we stay in the likes of these places together, nonetheless those inside and those outside are the same, all mixing with one another (regardless), they are the same. If the time of prayer comes do we pray together or individually they say pray by yourselves!!
What do u mean pray by yourselves?
The prayer in congregation is waajib!! The prophet ordered to burn the houses of the people who did not attend the congregational prayer, hadeeth of Abu hurairah:
لَقَدْ هَمَمْتُ أَنْ آمُرَ رَجُلاً يُصَلِّي بِالنَّاسِ ثُمَّ أُخَالِفَ إِلَى رِجَالٍ يَتَخَلَّفُونَ عَنْهَا فَآمُرَ بِهِمْ فَيُحَرِّقُوا عَلَيْهِمْ بِحُزَمِ الْحَطَبِ بُيُوتَهُمْ
“I intend that I order a person to lead the people in prayer, and then go to the persons who do not join the congregational prayer and then order their houses to be burnt by the bundles of fuel.”
….so excessive suspicion (that so and so may have corona) and excessive counts (of corona) is doubtful.
That this one has a hidden disease and this has a hidden disease, there is no disease except that it is hidden!
Some people have hidden cancer and they live until the time of his death comes.
And some people have hidden malaria until Allah wants it to appear… and the people are not prevented (from gatherings etc..) (Preventing the people from gatherings) So the disease doesn’t spread, and over exaggerating in that, this is doubtful.
…..as for me then I do not believe that the congregational prayer and jumu’ah is to be left off for any disease! Wallah!
…rather verily the congregational prayer and jumu’ah are means of preventing diseases and evil and fitnah and likewise all of the acts of obediences of allah.
….and they never left off the congregational prayer and jumu’ah for the past diseases
(وَالسَّابِقُونَ الْأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالْأَنْصَارِ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ)
“And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhajirun (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah) and the Ansar (the citizens of Al-Madinah who helped and gave aid to the Muhajirun) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him…”
We are seeking the pleasure of Allah on the journey upon the path of the prophet and his companions and those that followed them until we meet allah, we Ask Allah for tawfeeq.
…a fever occurred during the time of the prophet until the prophet would visit the sick house by house, it became widespread. Allah knows best what that sickness was.
…and a disease occurred he said:
Medina was a plague stricken place.
Like this is in the hadeeth and it has not been ever known from the prophet that he prevented the people from mixing in gatherings or the congregational prayer.
There was a disease in madeena.
Rather he invoked allah!
اللَّهُمَّ حَبِّبْ إِلَيْنَا الْمَدِينَةَ كَمَا حَبَّبْتَ مَكَّةَ أَوْ أَشَدَّ وَصَحِّحْهَا وَبَارِكْ لَنَا فِي صَاعِهَا وَمُدِّهَا وَحَوِّلْ حُمَّاهَا إِلَى الْجُحْفَةِ
“O Allah, make Medina as congenial to us as you made Mecca congenial or more than that; make it conducive to health, and bless us in its sa’ and in its mudd, and transfer its fever to al-juhfa.” [Muslim]
And medina became healthy after that. Al-haafidh ibn hajr mentioned in his book “bathlul maa’oon fi fadhlil taa’oon” that a disease occurred one time to the point that the majority of a village would die due to it, many would die, so he said the people returned to the masaajid and they invoked Allah, so Allah removed from them the disease.
Translated and summarized by Abu Huthayfah Saamy Al-hindy
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