Assalam Walaikum. Let me start off my question with some context. I am a high school student, in the US so I have class on Friday, I do not drive, do not have any means whatsoever to go to congregation. Is it acceptable that I have absolutely no options for my jummah prayer except excusing myself from class and praying in a quiet private place, or do I need to continue to find a way to do Jummah, because as someone who does not drive, with parents who work full time, no masjid nearby, nor any means in terms of public transport to get to the masjid, I find this very discomforting with a sense of guilt. So yeah that is my question; is it ok given my situation as a male 18-year-old who has no means to go to the masjid on Friday to miss the Friday prayer in the mosque?
Dear brother Seeran
Assalam u Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
First of all I would like to make Dua for you that Allah may increase you in beneficial knowledge and grant you further strength in your faith and practice and make the practice of faith easier for you.
You are certainly faced with a great challenge regarding the practice of Friday prayer. All the reasons that you have mentioned in your question understandably make it very difficult for you to attend Friday prayer at the Mosque. My first advice for you is to never stop trying to make it happen. You should continue to look for ways to perform your Friday prayer at the Mosque near you or if there are some Muslim students at your school then you may conduct your own Friday prayer at the school in congregation. There are only two things that are required for Friday prayer to be considered valid: 1) 3 or more attendees 2) Arabic sermon followed by Friday prayer.
If none of these two options are available to you then you may offer Zuhr prayer instead at your school when the time starts.
May Allah accept it from you and make it easy for you.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America