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Joining Two Salah Due to Work

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Answered by: Maulana Sibghat Ullah


I am working away from home and I spent 1 month away can I join my prayers

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


You should try your best to pray salah in their times.

It is narrated by Abdullah (b. ‘Umar) reported: I have never seen Allah’s Messenger but observing the prayers at their appointed times except two players, sunset and ‘Isha, ‘ at Muzdalifa (where he deferred the sunset prayer to combine it with ‘Isha’ and he observed the dawn prayer before its stipulated time on that day  (10th of Dhu’l-Hijja).i

This Hadith indicates that Rasulullah never performed any Salaat out of its time except on 2 occasions in his life.

So, according to the Hanafi Madhab, one may not combine any 2 Salaats, whether one is on a journey or even in a hurry. (Raddul Muhtar vol.1 pg.381)

Combining Two Salah:

Prayers should not be performed out of their stipulated times and more important is that it should not be considered as sunna. As we can see from the hadith above the Prophet saw only combined salah on 2 occasions. Then the question arises is there any way that you can combine two salah.

It is narrated from Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud states: “The Messenger of Allah combined two prayers whilst on a journey. He would combine Maghrib and ‘Isha by delaying Maghrib until just before its expiry time and performing ‘Isha immediately as its time entered.” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shayba 2:458)

So, you can combine two salah by praying one salah in the later times and the other salah in earlier times. By this, you are praying salah in their times as well as combining them.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Sibghat Ullah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham 

i Sahih Muslim, Book of Pilgrimage, Chapter: It is recommended to pray Subh when it is still dark on the day of sacrifice in Al-Muzdalifah, and to do it very early after ascertaining that dawn has broken

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