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Praying asr as an imam with a follower who has already prayed asr?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

I was invited at a friend’s place and had not prayed asr yet. When I reached his place and told him I have to pray, he had already prayed. He volunteered to pray with me (based on a hadith that he mentioned) so that his would be a naafila prayer although praying after asr is disliked. I was wandering whether this invalidated my asr prayer or if it is disliked for me to do so and for that matter in any prayer i.e be an imam with someone who is not praying the same prayer. I know one cannot do this as a follower but how about being the imam.

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this finds you well, and in the best of health and spirits. May Allah grant you all good and success in this life and the next.

As the imam, the validity of your prayer wouldn’t be affected by the follower performing a disliked prayer.

However, in the Hanafi school, it would be prohibitively disliked for the follower to pray again after having already performed their Asr prayer.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

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