Can we follow an imam online for Salah? Mufti Menk showcases the different opinions on remotely broadcasted prayer during the covid19 lockdown period.
Praying in a group “Salah Al Jama’a” is always more favourable and has more thawab than praying individually. But in times of crisis and distress like the times we are in now with the COVID-19 virus causing all mosques and houses of worship to be closed, people locked down in their houses and curfews applied all around the world, praying in a group seems like a distant dream.
Some people might try to relieve themselves by following the imam who is praying on T.V., radio, or in a live internet video transmitting prayers. But is this really something that we should do? Will our prayers be correct or it doesn’t count and will be regarded as void? In this video, Shaykh Mufti Menk represents the different opinions that are with and against following the imam and praying after him through the different media channels while not being physically in the place. He reminds us of the different categories of “salah” prayer that prophet Muhammad -peace be upon him- has taught us to do. Shaykh Mufti also displays the cons of following a distantly and remotely broadcasted prayer. He keeps on explaining his opinion regarding the answer to this question by providing tangible evidence and proofs. Watch Video