Praise be to Allaah.
basic principle is that the prayer should be offered in the mosque, and this
is what the mosques were built for. In the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may
Allaah be pleased with him) the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) said: “Whoever hears the call (to prayer) and does not respond,
there is no prayer for him (i.e., his prayer is not valid), unless he has an
al-Tirmidhi (217) and Ibn Maajah (793); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in
Saheeh Ibn Maajah (793).
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Ibn Umm
Maktoom (may Allaah be pleased with him): “Can you hear the call to prayer?”
He said: Yes. He said: “Answer it.” Narrated by Muslim (653).
indicates that it is obligatory for the one who hears the call to respond,
and to pray in congregation in the mosque.
meant by hearing the call is that one can hear the voice of the muezzin if
he raises his voice with the adhaan, without using a loudspeaker.
close to the mosque and can hear the call is obliged to pray in congregation
in the mosque, but whoever is far away is not obliged to attend the mosque.
answer to question no. 20655.
to their saying that they perform the prayer in congregation and thus fulfil
the condition of praying in congregation, they should note that two things
are required of them:
They should pray in
This congregation should be in
essential to do both things together. This has been explained in the answer
to the question referred to above. See also question no.
‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
principle is that prayer should be offered in the mosque, but there is
nothing wrong with office workers praying in their offices if going out to
the mosque will adversely affect their work, or will lead to some employees
playing about if they go out to pray and come back late. If the mosque is
far away, it is permissible for them to pray in the workplace.
is that if there is a reason or a need for them to pray in their offices,
there is nothing wrong with that. End quote.
Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (15/68).
should pray in the mosque so long as the mosque is close by, and it is not
permissible for them to pray in their offices unless there is a reason, such
as if there is the fear that this may cause employees to waste time and so
And Allaah knows