Question # 13-13: Can a Masjid have two Jummahs?

Question:

Can a Masjid have two Jummahs? The congregation is very big and the Masjid cannot accommodate everyone. Is it permissible to give two Khutbah and perform the prayer twice in the same Masjid?

Fatwa from Faraz Rabbani of SunniPath – Online Islamic Education Institute.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah. I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits Yes, this is permitted, according to leading contemporary Hanafi schools. The basis of this is that it is in itself permitted to have multiple Friday prayers in one city, in the Hanafi school. [ Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar ] Then if there is need or genuine benefit in these multiple prayers being in the same location, this too would be permitted.

And Allah alone gives success. Faraz Rabbani

Response to Faraz Rabbani’s fatwa by Sheik Mostafa – Imam at Masjid Manhattan.

To my respected brother Faraz Rabbani, who gave this fatwa based on Hanafi school regarding having two or more Jummahs in the same Masjid Please note that your evidence is very week because every school of fiqh agrees that fatwas should be given based on:

  1. The action or words of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.)
  2. The  action or words of any of the Khulafa - Abu Bakr, Omar, Usman or Ali (may Allah be pleased with all of them
  3. The words of any of the Great Companions who gave his daleel (evidence from the Prophet (p.b.u.h.).

It is very important to remember that our deen was completed at the time of the Prophet (s.a.w.). So, none of the four great sects (Malik, Abu Hanifa, Shafie & Ahmed) has the power to give a fatwa except with evidence from the Prophet (s.a.w.). Their Quase should be also supported by evidence from the sunna of the Prophet (s.a.w.)

If we take this fatwa from the Hanafi School from Abu Hanifa (May Allah be pleased with him) to allow multiple Jummah, this is referring to having multiple Jummah in one city not the same location or Masjid .For instance, we can celebrate more than 10 Jummah in New York City or in Brooklyn. Therefore, the fatwa to permit more than one Jummah at the same Masjid is not valid.

Performing  more than one Jummah at the same Masjid would divide the community and cause confusion among the Muslims. Additionally, it would leave the choice to the people to come at whatever time they wish or to come between or at the end of the Khutbah which it is not allowed because listening Khutbah is mandatory.

Islam is only one Jamma’a. Anyone who is late should train himself to go early to the Masjid or to go to another Masjid. In our Masjid we pray at 1:00PM which it is considerably late in comparison with other Masajid in the area.

Allah knows best.

Sheikh Mostafa

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