Neglecting Jumu`ah Prayer
Regarding the question on neglecting jumu`ah prayer, we would like to quote Dr. Salah Al-Sawy, secretary-general of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA), who said,
There is no good in a work that distracts a Muslim from Jumu`ah Prayer. On the authority of Ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him), Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said to people who withheld from attending Jumu`ah Prayer: “I was on the verge of commanding a man to lead the people in Prayer; then I would burn down the houses of the men who withhold from attending Jumu`ah [i.e., Jumu`ah Prayer] upon them.”
Also, Abu Hurairah and Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that they heard the Messenger of Allah say while he was on his pulpit, “People shall desist from abandoning Jumu`ah Prayers, or Allah will set a seal upon their hearts, and then they will be of those who are unmindful.“
Moreover, on the authority of the Prophet’s Companion Abu Ja`d Ad-Dameery (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet said, “[For] whoever leaves three Jumu`ahs out of negligence, Allah will seal his heart.”
Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) said, “Whoever leaves three consecutive Jumu`ahs has thrown Islam behind his back.”
Hence, it is not befitting to take a job that consistently distracts a Muslim from performing Jumu`ah Prayer. So, either he manages the situation with the administration so that he is allowed to perform Jumu`ah Prayer, or he considers this job a temporary one and exerts great effort in searching for a lawful alternative that enables him to perform this obligation. When he finds that alternative, he should go for it at the first opportunity.
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