Praying Dhuhr After Shafi’i Dhuhr Ends But Before Hanafi Asr Time Begins
Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: My question is that if i follow the Hanafi fiqh and pray my Zuhr after the Shafi Asr has taken place, is my Zuhr still considered to be on time or am I late for it?
Answer: assalamu `alaykum
Your Dhuhr prayer will be considered performed on time if you prayed it before the entrance of the Hanafi `Asr time.
According to the Hanafi school, the time for `Asr enters at two shadow lengths. The other three schools of thought state that it enters at one shadow length. As such, the Hanafi `Asr time enters a bit later than the Shafi`i one. Both positions are sound and have their proofs in the primary texts.
It would be best to simply consult a reliable prayer calendar to see when Dhuhr time exits and `Asr time enters according to the Hanafi school.
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani