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COVID 19 – Jumuah Rulings (June 2021)


Khutbah for Jumuah

 A concise, easy to read Khubah to be recited at the time of Jumuah can be found here.




1. Is it necessary that the five times Salaah takes place at a venue for Jumuah to take place there?


It is not necessary for five times Salaah to take place at a venue for Jumuah to be valid. However, the minimum requirement for Jumuah to be valid at a venue is that three followers (sane, mature males) besides the Imam i.e. a total of 4 people, must be present for the Jumuah Khutbahand Jumuah Salaah. (Fataawa Mahmoodiyyah 12/323)



2. If  Jumuah Salaah is performed at home or similar environment whilst restricting access to outsiders due to security concerns etc., will the Jumuah be valid there?


The condition of general permission required for Jumuah to be valid will be fulfilled if there is access to the Jumuah venue by all of those who are part of the specific venue. As long as those people who are part of the venue are not restricted from performing Jumuah, the performance of Jumuah at such a venue will be valid. (Fataawa Mahmoodiyyah 12/316-317-318)



3. Does the Imaam for the Jumuah Khutbah and Salaah have to be a Haafiz or Aalim in this situation?


Though it is preferred, it is not a requirement that the Imaam be a Haafiz or Aalim to perform the Jumuah Khutbah and Salaah. As long as the Imaam is able to recite the Khutbah and perform the Salaah correctly, the Jumuah Salaah will be in order. It is also not necessary to use a Mimbar (pulpit) or Asaa(stick) during the Jumah Khutbah.

Note: Each Jumuah performance must have a new Imaam. One Imaam cannot perform the Jumuah twice.



4. What is the basic method for performing Jumuah Salaah?


The Muazzin will call out the first Azaan for Jumuah. After the performance of the Sunnah Salaah, the Imaam will sit on the Mimbar (pulpit), or chair if a Mimbar is not available, for the second Azaan. The Imaam will then stand and read the first Khutbah, sit down and then stand again to read the second Khutbah.

After the Khutbah is concluded, the Muazzin will call out the Iqaamah and the Imaam will perform the Jumuah Salaah of 2 Rakaats.


Jumuah Salaah consists of 14 Rakaats and two Khutbahs in the following order: 4 Rakaats Sunnah, the two Khutbahs, 2 Rakaats Fardh (in congregation), 4 Rakaats Sunnah, 2 Rakaats Sunnah and 2 Rakaats Nafl.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Fatwa Department


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


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