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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
Question

Assalammualaykum.. I have a mental disease
(schizophrenia) and lately I have been trying
my best to perform the 5 daily prayers, dzikr
and read the Quran to heal and calm myself.
However, I have the understanding that you
need to be sane to perform Friday prayers.
Are people suffering from mental illness like
myself are exempted from Friday prayers
and even congreation prayers for that
matter? and what does 'sane' means in
regards to this?. If a mental patient suffers
from hallucinations/extreme anxiety/
depression/extreme paranoia, are they
exempted from the Friday prayers?. Thank
you in advance.

Fatwa:
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.
First of all, we ask Allah to cure you from all
these kinds of diseases.

As regards whether or not a person in your
situation is exempted from the Friday prayer
and the congregational prayer, then the
answer is no. Since you are able to write
such a question, then you are conscious –
Allah willing. Not every mental disease
renders a person exempted from religious
obligations.
Hence, we advise you to perform Ruqyah and
recite the daily legislated mention of Allah
that is reported in the Sunnah , as well as
observing the religious obligations like the
five daily prayers, being kind and dutiful to
the parents and keeping ties with kinship. If
you do so, you will be cured, Allah willing.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/152025/not-all-mental-diseases-exempt-one-from-performing-prayer

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