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Combining Prayers in the Hanafi School and Following Another Madhhab

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Qibla.com

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

My friend is a businessman/salesman and his job often requires him to travel all around the country and for him to be at certain meetings at certain times. The journey is far enough for him to do qasr, but in times when salah times are very close it is often hard for him to prayer his salah on time and asked what is the hanafi ruling on joining two salah together? I am aware after asking one scholar that is detested in the hanafi school of thought but considering the circumstances would it be permissible and for clarification in the hanafi school of thought is the joining of salah permissible?

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

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

In the Hanafi school, there is no combining of prayers, even for the traveller. However, as Imam Haskafi mentions in al-Durr al-Mukhtar, it is permitted to follow another madhhab when there is need, on condition of following the other madhhab’s conditions and integrals properly. Ibn Abidin confirms this in Radd al-Muhtar, and affirms that this is not conditioned by strong need–though he clarifies elsewhere that it isn’t permitted to make it a habit to seek out dispensations (without need or benefit), because this is contrary to one’s duty of submission.

Please see the following related SunniPath Answers (http://qa.sunnipath.com):

Following Another Madhhab Is Allowed
Why don’t Hanafis combine prayers?

 Jazakum Allah khayr.And Allah alone gives success.

 

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