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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

If the 'Eed prayer and the Friday prayer
come on the same day, is the Friday
prayer still obligatory? Is it true that if
one performs 'Eed prayer he can leave
the Friday prayer?

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His Slave
and Messenger.
If the 'Eed happens to be on a Friday,
there are three opinions regarding
praying the Friday prayer for somebody
who has prayed the 'Eed prayer:

- The first opinion is that he should
pray the Friday prayer even though he
has prayed the 'Eed prayer. This is,
actually, the opinion of the majority of

- The second opinion is that the Friday
prayer is not obligatory on the people
who live in the suburbs and whose
presence to the mosque constitutes
some sort of hardship. This is narrated
from Othman that he prayed the
'Eed prayer and permitted the people
from the outskirts (of Madeena) not to
attend the Friday prayer that day. It is
also the opinion of Imam Shafi'e .

- The third opinion is that whoever
prays the 'Eed prayer is allowed not to
pray the Friday prayer and instead he
has to offer the Thuhr prayer. But in
this case, the Imam should establish the
Friday prayer so that those who like to
attend it can do that. It is narrated in
the collections of Hadeeth that it
happened during the era of the Prophet
that the 'Eed took place on a
Friday, then the Prophet prayed
the 'Eed prayer and authorized people
to pray the Friday prayer or to leave it.
In another narration of this Hadeeth, he
prayed the 'Eed and then addressed
the people saying: "O people! You have
acquired some good thing. Now,
whoever wants to be present among us
during the Friday prayer can do so, as
we will pray the Friday prayer".

This last opinion is the soundest one as
narrated from the Prophet his
Caliphs and Companions . It is also
the opinion of Imam Ahmad and other
Imams, may Allaah have mercy upon
them, who got to know this sound
Hadeeth, but those who went against
this opinion might not have come to
know such a Hadeeth or rather the
reports related to this opinion might
not have been accepted as sound by
Allah Knows best.


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