Muslims in communities where Jumu’ah/congregational prayers and Khutbah are suspended, are advised to note the following:
One: Neither Khutbah nor Jumu’ah prayer should be performed at home. Doing so has no evidential basis. Instead, four Rak’ahs of Dhuhr must be observed. A father may lead members of his family in Dhuhr prayer. Equally, friends, relatives and acquaintances may also perform Dhuhr prayer in congregation in safe and unprovocative setups. In all cases, rules of safety must be unfailingly observed, and instructions of the constituted authorities must be respected.
Two: Normal Aadhaan for Dhuhr prayer, at the normal Dhuhr time – should be normally made in mosques after the sun has passed its zenith. The first Aadhaan done prior to that must be obligatorily skipped.
Three: Taking bath and wearing perfumes are specifically recommended for those attending Jumu’ah prayer. It is not recommended for those observing Dhuhr in its stead. However, both remains permissible acts.
Four: It is advised that other meritorious acts recommended specifically on Yawmul-Jumu’ah are observed. These include:
A. Invocation of blessings on the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).
B. Recitation of Surah Al-Kahf.
C. Making much supplication during the last hour of the day.
D. Recognizing the importance and superiority of Yawul-Jumu’ah through our words and actions.
May Allaah forgive us our sins, remove this tribulation, and grant us relief!