Performing Friday Prayer at a University Campus

It’s highly recommended for the Muslim community to go to a center place to perform Friday prayer, for this demonstrates unity and togetherliness. However, there is nothing wrong, as far as Islam is concerned, with Muslims performing Friday prayers anywhere such as a univeristy campus, in a place close to work, school or even at a rented place.
Dr.Muzammil Siddiqi, former president of the Islamic Soceity of North America, states the following: “There is some difference of opinion among the jurists about the place where Friday prayer can be held. But according to most of the jurists it can be held any place where there are three or more Muslims. It can be held at a Masjid, at a school, university or college. It can be held at a hotel, at a rented place etc.
However, it is important to keep in mind that Jumu’ah means gathering. Friday should be organized, as much as possible, in a place where a large number of Muslims can come and pray together. People should try to choose a central place where people of various Mosques and communities can come and pray together.
In the States, Friday is not a holiday or a day off from work for many people. Many people go to Friday prayer in their lunch break. If it is convenient for people to pray at some place closer to their work or school, it should be encouraged. Otherwise
many people will neglect this prayer. When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, came to Madinah, there was a very small Muslim community there. He offered his prayer in the area of Bani Malik bin Najjar. Later a Masjid was built there. Ibn Khuzaymah has mentioned that when Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, went to an area near Bahrain, he wrote to the Caliph Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, whether he should hold the Friday prayer there. Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, responded that he should offer Friday prayer wherever he happened to be.”