as-Salāmu ʾalaykum wa raḥmatu-llāhi wa barakātuh
May Allah be good to you Shaykhanā حفظکم اللہ. With the decision to open mosques in the Emirates – May Allah protect it’s rulers and it’s people – for the worshippers in a limited number, is it obligatory for a man to go to prayer knowing that he may not find place because of the distance between worshippers due to the precautionary and preventive measures put in place? As his mind may become preoccupied with fear for himself and he may lose his khushōʾ. So what is obligatory towards him and what is permissible?
Shaykh (حفظه ٱللّٰه) :
wa ʾalaykumu-s-Salām wa raḥmatu-llāhi wa barakātuh
ḥayyākumu-llāhu beloved brother. If he cannot find place, then he doesn’t have to go. As for mere fear, then he should not abandon the prayer (in the masjid).
Questioner: Very well. jazākumu-llāhu khayran. I seek your permission to spread this?
Shaykh: There is no problem.
Friday 12th Dhul Qaʾdah 1441AH/3rd July 2020CE
Asked and translated by Zubayr bin Muḥammad ʾAbbāsī