[Q 147] Determining Distance for Obligatory Mosque Congregation Attendance


Mufti sb – so what do you think is the cut-off line (in distance) when salah in the Mosque’s congregation can be left?

In your response – one could argue, without a speaker, they could not hear it even 0.5 miles away.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب بعون الملك الوهاب اللهم هداية الحق والصواب


No definitive distance has been stated about it, only this principle has been stated that the congregation of the mosque is obligatory on the people as far as the call to prayer is heard. And what is meant by the sound of adhan is that if someone loudly calls adhan on the minaret or on the roof of the mosque, without a speaker, the Jamaat will be obligatory on them as far as that sound goes. It can only be guessed. According to an estimate, if a distance of six to seven minutes is covered on foot, the sound reaches this extent. However, the distance can be estimated by experimenting.

And one should try to attend the mosque as much as possible and pray with the congregation, unless there is a difficult situation. Its reward is 25 times even 27 times more than reading alone.

Answered by: Mufti Sajid Attari

Translated by: Saqib Madani

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