Often I see people in my university joining someone who is making up some rak’aats after being late for Jamaat (making the late-comer the imam). Kindly give the position of the four Imams regarding this issue.
1. The person who joins the Jamaa` late is termed as Masbooq. It is stated
in Shaami, ‘It is not permissible to follow the Masbooq.’ (Vol.1 pg.597;
Shaami). This is the ruling according to the Hanafi Madhab. Regarding the
other Imaams, due to our recent relocation, we do not have access to
reference works of the other Madhaahib. Therefore, we are unable to furnish
any information regarding their rulings at present.
2. There are differences of opinion among the Hanafi Fuqahaa regarding the
terminating time of Dhuhr and commencing time of Asr. Imaam Abu Yusuf and
Imaam Muhammad (two leading students of Imaam Abu Hanifa) hold the same view
as Shaaf’ee. Many jurists have preferred this view, therefore, the Salaat
during Shaaf’ee Asr time will be valid.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai