Praying Maghrib behind the Ishaa congregation

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Praying Maghrib behind the Ishaa congregation▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

The Questioner says: Someone missed Maghrib Salaah and then remembered at the time Adhaan of Ishaa, which should he pray first, Ishaa or Maghrib?

📝 Answer:

He remembered before commencing the Isha prayer so he has to pray Maghrib first, because it’s Waajib to offer the obligatory prayers in order.

If he is able to quickly pray Maghrib on his own and then join the Ishaa prayer behind the Imaam, then this is best; that he quickly prays Maghrib on his own, then join the Ishaa prayer behind the Imaam.

But if the Ishaa prayer is established straight away and he is not able to pray Maghrib, he should pray behind the Imaam with the intention of Maghrib.

However, when he reaches the third Rak’ah (unit of prayer), he should remain seated and avoid following the Imaam in the fourth Rak’ah, until when the Imaam completes the fourth Rak’ah, he makes Tashahhud and says the Tasleem with him. So he remains seated (in the third Rak’ah) waiting for the Imaam.

As for completing the prayer independently (in the third Rak’ah), then this is not advisable, because if a person leaves the congregation without excuse, he misses out on the reward for congregation. So he should finish the prayer with the Imaam, then look for another congregation to pray Ishaa with.

Translated by:
Abu Saalih Abdinasir Elmi

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