What is the ruling on a person staying in a position in congregation longer than the Imam?

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Message: As Salaam Alaikum Ahki,

Is it halal/sunnah for a person e.g. during in the 3rd rakaat prostration e.g. Dhuhr Salah weeping in prostration while the others finish salah and left behind whosoever weeping during prostration is permissible for the 1 weeping to stay that long or the brothers to left him and finish? Astaghfirullah. Jazak Allah Khairan. Fi Amaanillah. Ya Rabb Make it easy upon us. Allah knows best. As Salaam Alaikum.

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

When one is performing Salah in Jamaat, then it is required for one to follow the Imam in all the postures. One must not delay in this. So, it will be wrong for one to remain weeping in the 3rd Rakaat in sajdah while Salah continues.  Staying that long is not permissible. The other brothers do not have to stay behind to wait for the brother. If one wishes to remain so long in Sajdah, then he can do so in the Nafl (optional) Salah.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.

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