The Imam in our Masjid, has said that starting to pray 2 rakaat Sunnah of Fajr, when Iqamat is being called is strictly against any Madhab, as it causes Ikhtelaaf (confrontation) with the Imam.

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He suggested, if someone must pray these two rakaats, to pray outside the main hall, because when ?Khat Kha Matis Salaat? is called, it becomes binding to just join the Jamaat. He also said that in such a state, the quality of Salaat would be very poor, as a person tries to quickly wrap up his Sunnah so that he may join the Imam. Please comment on this. When he said this, I raised the question of the non-Hanafis praying 2 Rakaats even when the Khutbah has started for Friday. He said that this was a different issue, and pointed to the Hadith that when a man came and sat down during the Prophet’s Khutbah, he stopped the sermon, and specifically asked the man to stand up and pray 2 rakaat. Are the Hanafis who don’t pray when Khutbah has started in confrontation with the order of the Prophet?


1) The Imaam’s statement that this is strictly against any Madhab is
incorrect. Consider the following narrations:
a) Abdullah ibn Abi Musa (Radhiallaahu Anhu) narrates that Hadhrat Ibn
Mas’ood (Radhiallaahu Anhu) appeared while the Imaam was reading the (Fardh
of) Fajr. Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiallaahu Anhu) performed two Rakaats (Sunnah)
behind a pillar. As yet, he had not performed the Fajr Salaat.
b) Naafi’ (Radhiallaahu Anhu) narrates that, ‘I awoke Hadhrat Abdullah ibn
Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu) up for Fajr Salaat while the Iqaamat for Fajr had
already been given. He stood up and performed two Rakaats (of Sunnah).
c) Abu Uthmaan al-Ansaari narrates that Abdullah ibn Abbaas (Radhiallaahu
Anhu) came for the Fajr Salaat. He had as yet not performed the two Rakaats
(Sunnah of Fajr). Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Abbaas (Radhiallaahu Anhuma) then
performed the two Rakaats behind the Imaam and then joined in with the
Imaam. (I’elaa-us-Sunan vol.7 pg.98)

It can be gathered from these narrations that it is permissible to engage in
the Sunnah of Fajr even though the Salaat may have begun. It would be best
that this be un a separate place, like the Musjid courtyard, etc. Great
emphasis have been laid on the Sunnah of Fajr Salaat. In view of this, even
though the quality may be less, it would be better than totally forgoing the

2) According to the Hanafi Madhab, any Salaat during the Friday Khutbah is
prohibited. With regards to the Hadith of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)
permitting the Sahaabi to perform Salaat during the Friday Khutbah, this was
before it was prohibited, At first, to speak and to perform Salaat during
the Friday Khutbah was permissible, but later on this permissibility was
uplifted. The reason for this prohibition is because the Friday Khutbah is
an integral part of the Jummu’ah Salaat. The Jummu’ah Salaat will not be
completed without the Khutbah. Just as it is impermissible to speak in
Salaat, in the same way, it will not be permissible to speak or perform
Salaat or to engage in any other activity during the friday Khutbah.
(Bukhari part 1 pg.127; footnote No.9)

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Moulana Imraan Vawda


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