Sunnah Salah for Fajr

By Mufti Shafiq Jakhura (Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre)
Posted: 1 muharram 1430, 29 December 2008

Q.My question is regarding Salatul Fajr. If jamat is already going on, is it mandatory to pray 2 rakah sunnah then join the congregational salah or directly join the jamat & later pray the 2 rakah sunnah. In that case when should we pray 2 rakah sunnah - immediately after fardh jamat is over or after the sunrise?
Jazak-Allah Khairan [Arif]

A. If it is possible to perform the Sunnah prayer and still join the congregation before the Imaam makes the Salaam, one should perform the Sunnah prayer and then join the congregation. However, if one would not be able to join the congregation if he engages in the Sunnah prayer, then he should join the congregation and perform the Sunnah prayer 10 minutes after sunrise.

Albalagh Note: This is an exception to the general rule that no Sunnah salah should be started if the congregational salah is going on. The exception is based on the extreme importance attached to the Sunnah of Fajr in Prophetic statements.


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