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A traveler combining the Jumu`ah & `Asr prayers

Published: 27/08/2011 02:07:00 PM GMT
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I was a traveler, and I passed through a town on Friday. At the time of Jumu`ah, I stayed in my hotel room and offered the Zuhr prayer as two units and immediately thereafter offered the `Asr prayer as two units, sice I was combining the two prayers as a traveler? Was I correct in doing so? If I had offered the Jumu`ah prayer in the mosque, could I have offerd the `Asr prayer immediately thereafter in combination with it?

Answered by

Sheikh `Abd al-Rahmân al-`Ajlân, lecturer at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

A traveler does not have to attend Jumu`ah. Therefore, your combining the two prayers in your hotel room was correct, as long as you intended the first prayer to be the Zuhr prayer and not the Jumu`ah prayer.

It is not permissible to combine the Jumu`ah and `Asr prayers together. Therefore, if you had gone to the mosque to offer the Jumu`ah prayer, you would not have been allowed to offer the `Asr prayer along with it.

However, if a traveler is in a town on Friday with a mosque nearby where he can hear the call to the Jumu`ah prayer, it is better for the traveller to attend the Jumu`ah prayer and forego the option of combining the two prayers.

However, the traveller does not have to attend , especially if it will cause hardship on the journey. The traveller is fully within his rights to pray Zuhr instead of Jumu`ah and combine the prayers.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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