As salaamu alaikum
If Eid al-Fitr coincides with Friday, is it permissible to pray the Eid prayer and not to pray Jumu’ah or vice versa?
Time: Monday November 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm
وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
The reward to pray Jummah salah on the day of eid (for a city dweller) would be 70 times greater. (hadith) (Fatwa Rahimiyya)
The people that were told that it was fine for them not to perform the Jummah salah were villagers. Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) told them to go to their village, so as to spend time with their families… showing that this day is to be a family day as well. Also implying that Jummah salah is not obligatory on those that reside in a village. Our audience remain to be city dwellers, not villagers! (For the record, acting like a villager would not make one a villager!)
He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would read the surahs sabihismah and halata in both prayers, Eid and Jummah. If there was no Jummah prayer on this day then He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would not have read these two surahs for Eid and Jummah! This also shows us the significance of reciting these surahs for these given prayers. Also teaching the ummah that repetition of surahs in salah, despite the salah being close to each another in proximity is not a violation.
(As can be noted, performing jummah of the day of Eid was the sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), the sahaba, etc. Eid falling on a Friday is not a new concept. We explained this in detail on Friday to our Jummah congregation. We find no need as to why anyone would like to miss out on this added reward.
Allah certainly Know Best.
p.s. should you seek an extended proof set, contact us after Eid. We shall be glad to oblige.