By Maulana Mohammad Najeeb Qasmi
Jumu’ah Salah must be performed even if Eid falls on Friday
Lacking proper knowledge of the Islamic injunctions, some people provide others with wrong information, thus creating confusion among the Muslims society. For example, contrary to his practical example, the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) granted permission to those who came to offer Eid Salah from far-flung rural areas, to leave for their homes if they wanted and pray Zuhr rather than Jumu’ah Salah when they would reach their dwellings.
Now there are people who – while turning a blind eye to the practice of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) – assert that if Eid coincides with Friday, Zuhr should be performed instead of Jumu’ah. They ignore what the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) himself did on that very Friday. They fail to realize the point that only those coming from remote areas to attend Eid were given permission to leave if they wanted and offer Zuhr at their homes. But people who can attend Jumu’ah should do so.
The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) on the referred Friday led Jumu’ah Salah when the Zohr time started and all the Companions prayed Jumu’ah behind him. Following the example of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), the Ummah has been offering Eid and Jumu’ah both if they fall on the same day.
We should, therefore, communicate the actual practice of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to others, that is, if Eid falls on Friday, we should perform both the prayers though people coming from far-off areas may leave after attending Eid prayer and offer Zuhr at their homes. This is also the opinion of the majority of the scholars in the Sub-continent.
The scholars have also clarified that in mosques where Jumu’ah is offered, Jumu’ah Salah should be offered in Zuhr time if Eid falls on Friday while in mosques where Jumu’ah is not established, congregation of Zuhr should not be held. In al-Masjid al-Haram and al-Masjid al-Nabawi, both Jumu’ah and Eid prayers are held in congregational manner if they coincide.
Wish you all a blessed Eid al-Fitr and pray to Allah to accept our good deeds. Ameen.