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Combining Salah if it Rained Prior to Maghrib though Stopped During Maghrib

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Question:

Regarding combining salaah can you combine it if it had rained before magrib namaz but when namaz had started it had stopped but the floor out side was wet secondly how long most the rain rain for before we can combine them jazakallah kare

Answer:

It is permissible for a resident non-traveler to join between prayers on account of certain weather conditions, like rain, snow, hail, etc. Snow and hail are considered when they liquefy enough to make one’s garment wet. One may only join in the first prayers time. Accordingly, zuhr and asr (or the Friday prayer and asr) may be joined in zuhr’s time and maghrib and isha in maghrib’s time. This is Imam Shafi’s opinion in the qawl jadid. According to the qawl qadim, one may join in either the first or the second time. This opinion has also been transmitted in his Imla. (Mughni al-Muhtaj 1/534)

The weather condition must be present at the beginning of the first prayer. And, according to the relied-upon opinion [al-asahh], it must be present at the conclusion of the first prayer. There is also an opinion [muqabil al-asahh] that the presence of rain is not stipulated at the time of concluding the first prayer. There is no problem if the rain cedes during the prayer’s performance. (Ibid)

If it was raining at the time of the beginning of the maghrib prayer and at the time of its end [salam], then it was done correctly according to the relied-upon view [al-asahh]. If it was raining at the beginning only, then according to another opinion in the Shafi School [muqabil al-asahh] it was done correctly.

Allah knows best.

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