There is a Masjid in front of my house where I normally pray at. It was previously a school building that was purchased and converted into a Madrasah and Masjid. Currently the 5 daily Salah are being prayed in the Masjid portion of the building in the Sunnah manner (without gapping). The Jumuah Salah used to be performed in the Masjid, but ever since summer of 2020 it has been moved to the gymnasium portion of the building due to COVID. The Jumuah is prayed with gapping. The gymnasium and Masjid are in the same building (under the same roof), but the gymnasium is outside of the Hudud of the Masjid.
There is another Masjid that is approximately a 12 minute drive away where the Jumuah is prayed in the actual Masjid in the Sunnah manner (without gapping).
I am intending to perform Sunnah ‘Itikaf in my local Masjid. My question is where should I pray Jumu’ah? If I pray in the gymnasium will it break my Sunnah ‘Itikaf because it is not in a Masjid? Must I drive to the Masjid that is farther away for Jumu’ah? Will my ‘Itikaf still be intact if I leave the Jumu’ah in the gymnasium next to my local Masjid and drive to the farther Masjid? What would be the most preferable option?
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب وباللہ التوفیق
It is correct for you to offer Friday prayers in the hall adjacent to the mosque, it will not invalidate your i'tikaf.
ولا یخرج منہ من معتکفہ… إلا لحاجۃ شرعیۃ کالجمعۃ والعیدین … أو حاجۃ طبیعیۃ کالبول والغائط وإزالۃ نجاسۃ واغتسال من جنابۃ باحتلام لأنہ علیہ السلام کان لا یخرج من معتکفہ إلا لحاجۃ الإنسان
(مراقي الفلاح مع حاشیۃ الطحطاوي، کتاب الصوم، باب الاعتکاف)
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