Will Salaah Be Valid if One Breaks Social Distancing Laws to Pray in Congregation?

Fatwa ID: 03898

Answered by: Maulana Muqtaur Rahman

 

Question

If someone breaks social distancing laws and pray salah with jamaat, will the salah count?

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

There are six pre-requisites for salah to be valid, they are:

  1. The body must be free from impurities
  2. Clothing must also be free from impurities
  3. Place of salah is pure
  4. Clothing must cover the awrah (private areas)
  5. Must face the Qiblah
  6. Having an intention regarding which salah is being performed[1]

 

The breaking of social distancing law does not breach any of the six conditions mentioned above. Therefore, the salah will be intact and valid.

However, one must abide by the laws in place to prevent the spread of harm for oneself and others around them. There is a fundamental rule in Islamic Fiqh which states: “Harm should be avoided as far as possible”[2]

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muqtaur Rahman

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 


[1] Al-Ikhtiyar, v.1 pg.45

 

[2] Qawaaid ul Fiqhiyya, pg. 31, Rule 16

 

 

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