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Is Itikaf obligatory on at-least one Muslim in a community during Ramadan?

Assalam u Alaikum, My uncle says that I'tikaaf is obligatory on atleast one Muslim during Ramadan. Atleast one Muslim in every Mosque(Masjid) should observe I'tikaaf otherwise the whole Muslim community around that Mosque will be responsible for it and will get ALLAH'S anger. Is it true in the light of Saheeh Hadiths? Please answer.


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All scholars agree on its legitimacy. The Prophet would perform itikaf for ten days every Ramadan. In the year that he died, he performed it for twenty days. This is related by alBukhari, Abu Dawud, and ibn-Majah. The Prophet's companions and wives performed itikaf with him and continued to do so after his death. It is an act which is done to get closer to Allah.

Itikaf is of two types: Sunnah and obligatory. The Sunnah itikaf is that which the Muslim performs to get closer to Allah by following the actions of the Prophet, upon whom be peace, especially during the last ten days of Ramadan. The obligatory itikaf is that which the person makes obligatory upon himself. This may be done, for example, by an oath: "For Allah I must make itikaf," or by a conditional oath: "If Allah cures me, I shall make itikaf ..."

Itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan is Sunnah al-mokadah al-kifayah i.e. it is highly recommended that at least one from the believers should observes the itikaf in the masjid.

Your Question: the whole Muslim community around that Mosque will be responsible for it and will get ALLAH'S anger. Is it true in the light of Saheeh Hadiths?

Dear sister, when it comes to sunnah or nafl acts, if one does a sunnah act, one will surely receive a huge reward, but if one does not do them, there is no sin. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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