Can the Jumuah Salaah be performed in venues other than a Masjid under the current Level 3 restrictions?
Considering the current regulations allowing congregations to be held, Jumu’ah Salaat should only be held at a Masjid or Musalla (Jamaat Khaanah) in which the five daily Salaat are performed with Jamaat.
قَالَ عَبْدُ اللهِ : لَقَدْ رَأَيْتُنَا وَمَا يَتَخَلَّفُ عَنِ الصَّلاَةِ إِلاَّ مُنَافِقٌ قَدْ عُلِمَ نِفَاقُهُ ، أَوْ مَرِيضٌ ، إِنْ كَانَ الْمَرِيضُ لَيَمْشِي بَيْنَ رَجُلَيْنِ حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ الصَّلاَةِ ، وَقَالَ : إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَلَّمَنَا سُنَنَ الْهُدَى ، وَإِنَّ مِنْ سُنَنَ الْهُدَى الصَّلاَةَ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ الَّذِي يُؤَذَّنُ فِيهِ
(الصحيح لمسلم باب صلاة الجماعة في المسجد الذى يؤذن فيه)
Translation: Hadhrat Abdullah Radiallahu Anhu I said, “I saw us (during the time of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) such that none would stay behind from Salaat (with Jamaat) except an open Munaafiq (hypocrite) or sick person. Verily a sick person would come to Salaat whilst taking support between two people. Verily Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam had taught us such practices which are guidance, and from amongst them is to perform Salaat in a Masjid wherein the Athaan is called out.”
Due to the restrictions placed on the number of people per congregation, it will be permissible to conduct multiple Jamaats in a Masjid if necessary, preferably performing all subsequent Jamaats in an area of the Masjid behind that of the first Jamaat.
The ruling permitting multiple Jamaats will only be valid as long as the current regulations limiting the number of people per congregation remain in place.
Checked and Approved By:
Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.