Saturday, April 04, 2020

Missing 3 Friday prayers under MCO - Allah swt won't seal your heart

MM Online:

Zulkifli: Fine to miss three Friday prayers with valid reasons

A man wears a protective mask as he attends Friday prayers at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam March 13, 2020

Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri today refuted claims that failing to perform Friday prayers three times in a row during the MCO would make one a ‘munafiq’, or hypocrite.

He said this was because the rule did not apply during times of emergency.

“We felt worried when informed by security forces that there were still people who insisted on holding Friday prayers today. The reason they gave was a hadith saying whoever misses three Friday prayers consecutively will be considered a munafiq.

“We wish to emphasise that the claim is a clear misunderstanding (of the hadith). Hence, we are saying that those who are labelled as hypocrites are those who miss three Friday prayers intentionally, without any valid reason,” he said via Twitter today.

He said although today was the third Friday Muslim men had been unable to perform Friday prayers due to the movement control order (MCO) implemented by the government since March 18, the situation was considered a health emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this regard, he appealed to Muslims to obey the government’s directives and fatwa of religious authorities on the suspension of the Friday prayers.

Zulkifli said in the case of Covid-19, it was considered an infectious disease which involved public interest, where the priority should be for people to remain under quarantine and stay at home.

“We all want to be free from this pandemic as soon as possible, but this requires the commitment and cooperation of all parties, including ourselves.

“Don’t go to the mosque! Perform the Zuhur prayer together at home, or at your respective places,” he said. — Bernama

OK, the Quran and Sunnah explain that the Friday prayer is obligatory upon every adult sane Muslim.

According to Quran 62:9, God Almighty says, “O you who have believed, when the call to prayer is made for Jumu'ah [Friday prayer], then proceed to the remembrance of God and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew”.

From there, Prophet Muhammad (phub) cautioned against neglecting the Friday prayer (without a valid excuse)
stating that God Almighty will seal the heart of whoever neglects to observe the Friday prayer three times in a row, signifying the obligatory nature of the Friday prayer.

Note "(without a valid excuse)"!

Thus Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri has been right in that the current pandemic Covid-19, which enforces on Malaysian Muslims the mandatory MCO (because of the pandemic emergency) is a valid reason for missing Friday prayers.

Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri was the FT Mufti from 2014 to 2020 before he was 'senator-ised' by PM Muhyiddin to become the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious affairs), in effect, the current Minister for Malaysian Islamic Affairs. Like Pak Hadi Awang, he was also a graduate of Madinah University.

Madinah University 

Incidentally, as a legal Islamic precedence, Imam Khalil al-Maliki, in his Mukhtasar, explained, “Excuses for missing the Friday prayer include: extreme mud, rain, leprosy, the sick and the one engaged in caring for the weak/ill, or the one confined in a place for whatsoever reasons etc”.

Imam Khalil al-Maliki was Khalil ibn Ishaq al-Jundi who died in (approximately) 1365 CE.

Wikipedia informs us that the Imam was an Egyptian jurisprudent in Maliki Islamic law who taught in Medina and Cairo. His Mukhtasar (a concise handbook of legal treatises), known as the "Mukhtasar of Khalil", is considered an epitome of syariah law according to the Maliki madhhab, (mutually recognised by the Malaysian Shafi'i school) and is regarded as the most authoritative legal manual by North and West African Muslims.

Mukhtasar of Khalil 

But I wonder why it has to depend on the federal minister of religion for Islamic matters to clarify (only now) what must have been a troubling religious issue for Muslims for quite some time. Why couldn't other Malaysian religious leaders eg. Hashim bin Jasin (PAS spiritual leader), Dr Asri (Mufti Perlis and renowned or if you prefer, notorious Islamic cleric), the Indian fugitive Dr Zakir Naik, and notably Pak Hadi, etc, said something on this issue before?

It seems Malaysia's Islamic leaders have a penchant for silence when it matters most for them to speak out and help clear the air, but vociferous when they should instead be either helping ameliorate a sensitive issue, or merely STFU.


  1. All religions will eventually kneel and bow before the Virus. If you do not obey, like the tabligh runaways, punishment will be severe.

    Nations and superpowers will also bow before the Great Virus, nuclear aircraft carriers rendered useless.

    All mankind, whether Chinese, Indian, Malay, Caucasian, African, Latino etc etc....all helpless.

    The Virus in turn kneels only before science (and the folks at MOH).

    The former and current Health Ministry DGs already give mass gatherings advised for the next SIX MONTHS (I think they are being optimistic).

    Which means no church services, no temple gatherings and also no Friday prayers....what's this nonsense about 3 consecutive Friday prayers.
    Allah can change his mind and alter what is written in the Koran or Hadith....

    Nowhere in the bible does it say you must attend Sunday Service in person...

    Finally all religious services will be online, the Christian churches are already working on that (in between football games and community service)....and hopefully on RTM, come on Minister of Communication and Internet, what is taking you so long, Gobind Singh already started this 5G thingy, set up the studios now at Ankasapuri, one for each religion, in the unique Malaysian way. Muslim one biggest of course.

    But note I said religions will bow before the Virus, not Allah, Jesus, Buddha, Kuan Yin etc....Religions are creations of man.

    And now we have a new religion called Saintology.

    We now see the useless-ness of political parties based on race or religion, let's scrap them all and have one based on Science, since we all agree that only Science can save us.

    It will be a new re-booted world from now on.....ALT-CTRL-DEL.

    1. you're threatening the livelihood of the clerics, wakakaka

  2. 'Qui tacet consentit'  i.e. He who is silent consents.

    It is a unanimous consent, indeed.

  3. No way.... Friday prayers must be observed....else you will go to hell for sure.
    Fear Allah... do not fearvCovid-19

  4. Let's be fair. Hadi Awang didn't remain silent about everything.

    He came back from a 2-week sabbatical fishing expedition and explained in great detail how to classify, process and bury Muslims who die from the virus. The job of keeping them alive is not his but the medical doctors and nurses.

    A man of such knowledge deserves being promoted to Special Envoy to the Middle East.