Should one perform the Sunnats of Fajr if the Fardh Salaah has already commenced?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: If I have reached the Masjid at time of ‘Jamaat’ during Fajar Salaah , so when should I offer the Sunnah of Fajar Salaah?


A: If you are sure that you will be able to perform your Sunnats and still get the Jamaat, then you should perform your Sunnats in the sehn of the Musjid (i.e. in such a place that you will not be an obstruction for those who wish to join the saff)  and thereafter join the Jamaat. However if you fear that through performing your Sunnats, you will miss the jamaat, then in this case you should not perform the Sunnats, instead you should join the Jamaat.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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