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10 VALID EXCUSES FOR MEN TO MISS THE JAMAAH IN THE MASJID

By Ibn Hibban (may Allah have mercy on him)

1. A sickness which prevents the person from attending It was narrated that Anas said: “The last time I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), he drew the curtain when the people were in rows behind Abu Bakr - May Allah be pleased with him. Abu Bakr wanted to step back, but he gestured to them to stay as they were, and let the curtain drop. He died at the end of that day, and that day was Monday.” [ An-NiasI 1832] read more Not praying in congregation because of sickness 2. A meal is ready. The Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "If dinner is ready and the Iqamah for prayer is said, then start with dinner first." [ An-Nisa’I 854]

3. Forgetfulness or sleep “ We were with the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) when some of the people said: why do you not stop us to rest a while, O Messenger of Allah ? He said : “ I am afraid that you will sleep and miss the prayer.” Bilal said: I will wake you up.” So they laid down and slept , and Bilal leaned back on his mount. Then the Messenger of Allah woke up 10

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when the sun had already started to rise and he said” “ O Bilal, what about what you told us? “ He said: “ I have never slept like that before.”…[ An-Nisa’I 847]

4. A person is obese and cannot attend Narrated Anas bin Sireen : I heard Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) saying, “ A man from the Ansar said to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) , “ I cannot offer As-Salat with you (in congregation).” He was a very fat man and he prepared a meal for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and invited him to his house. He spread out a mat for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and washed one of its sides with water, and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) offered two Rakat prayers on it…” [ Bukhari 670] 5. A person has to answer the call to nature Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said, The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “ None of you should pray while suppressing the call of nature. “ [ Ibn Hibban 2107] 6. A person fears for his well being on the road to the masjid It was narrated from Mahmoud bin Ar-Rabi that Itban bin Malik used to lead his people in prayer,

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