Praying Maghrib behind one who is Praying Isha

Name of Questioner: Mohammed Zaid

Date: 22-5-2023 06:59:58 PM

Consultant: EDC


I am traveller I intended to combine Maghrib and Isha during Isha time and the same time when I enter Musjid residents pray Isha in Jamah, how do I join with them) Can I Join and complete my Maghrib, when resident Imam is continuing his Isha??) if I joining at the 2nd Rakah of Resident Imam can I do my maghrib with them) can I pray Maghrib alone and then join if the risident Imam has not completed his Isha Salah (Jazakallah Khairanrnrn) May Allah reward you for your sincere effort to replying my questions

Thank you very much for your question. It is our pleasure to answer it.

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright.

Dear brother, you should join the imam in the prayer, with the intention of praying Maghrib, then you should sit in the third rak’ah and recite the Tashahhud and say the salaam, then join the imam in what is left of ‘Isha’ prayer. Or wait during the Tashahhud until the imam finishes the prayer and say the tasleem with him, then pray ‘Isha’. 

This is the view of Imam al-Shafa’i (may Allaah have mercy on him), and is one of the two views narrated from Imam Ahmad. Al-Mardaawi stated in al-Insaaf (4/413) that this view was favoured by a number of the companions of Imam Ahmad, including Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah and his grandfather al-Majd ibn Taymiyah.

And Allah Knows best.