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22185: He receives accident victims in the hospital – is it permissible for him to miss Jumu’ah prayers?

I am a nurse in a hospital. I am in charge of receiving patients. On Fridays I stay there alone, along with a doctor. Do I have to attend Jumu’ah prayers or not, seeing that the department receives accident victims and emergency cases 24 hours a day?.

Published Date: 2003-08-18
Praise be to Allaah.  

If your work in the hospital requires you to be there at the time of Jumu’ah prayer in case of accidents and emergencies, there is nothing wrong with your staying in the hospital and you are excused for missing Jumu’ah prayers. You should pray Zuhr, four rak’ahs, instead. 

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah. Majallat al-Buhooth al-Islamiyyah, 58/100-101.
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