Answered by: Maulana Mohammed Haroon Hussain
Assalaamu Alaikum. My uncle asks: would it be preferred for his sons (16 and 11 years old) to pray zuhr in jamaat at 1:30 when the time comes in or delay until he arrives at 5? The Shafii time begins around 5:27 there.
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Delaying the salaah for such a long period of time is sinful as well as a bad habit. It would be preferred for the sons to pray Zuhr in jamaat at 1:30. The uncle should try to pray in jamaat himself at a masjid close to him, not make the others delay that long for him.
Imam Tirmidhi t has mentioned many ahadith on the subject of praying salaah in its earlier time and that this is better. I will mention some from that chapter to make the matter clearer. One narration mentions that the most virtuous action is salaah at its beginning time. Another narration mentions that (prayer at) the beginning time of salaah is (a cause of) the pleasure of Allah. Another narration mentions the advice that Rasulullah ﷺ gave to Sayyiduna Ali regarding 3 matters which one should not delay in and one of those was salaah when its time has arrived.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Maulana Mohammed Haroon Hussain
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
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