Combining `Asr and Jum`ah Prayers: Allowed?

Question and answer details
As-salam `alaykum. Are pilgrims allowed to combine `Asr Prayer with Jumu’ah Prayer? Some say the permission to combine is only for Zuhr and `Asr and not Jumu’ah and `Asr. Is this right?
Ahmad Kutty

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother, thank you for your question that shows your interest in knowing more about Islam and your zeal to correctly perform the rituals of Hajj.

There is nothing in the sources that forbids a traveler from combining Jumu`ah and `Asr.

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

There is nothing in the sources or the authentic fiqh (jurisprudence) to disallow it as long as he or she is a traveler. Jumu`ah is not obligatory on a traveler, but if he does pray with the local, he is absolved of his duty to pray Zuhr, and thus he can make use of the concession of a traveler, if he chooses to join `Asr with it.

A haji (pilgrim) should seize every opportunity to pray in the Haram (Holy Mosque) as much as possible for thus he will be earning many times more rewards than praying in the hotel.

This should not mean that a person who is feeling exhausted, and therefore, needs to rest cannot make use of the concessions of a traveler. Jumu`ah day during the hajj is one such case. For usually one has to go early to the Haram in order to get a place to pray; hence one would be exhausted when he returns to hotel.

Therefore, he/she is allowed to make use of the concessions of the travelers, and pray Jumu`ah and `Asr; thus they would be able to come to pray at least the Maghrib and `Isha' in the Haram with full concentration.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Excerpted with slight modifications fro, www.askthescholar.com