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Tahiyatul Masjid before Magrib

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The time between asr and magrib is zawwal time. So if you enter a masjid during this time ie. before magrib salah should you not read the tahayyitul-masjif nawafil.


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Tahiyatul Masjid before Magrib

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The term zawaal is used for the time when the sun as is its zenith at mid-day, and as soon as the sun moves westward after this time of zawaal, it signals the start of the dhuhr or noon prayer.


Al-Muwatta Hadith 15.48

Yahya related to me from Malik from Muhammad ibn Yahya ibn Habban from al Araj from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade prayer after asr until the sun had set, and prayer after fajr until the sun had risen.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.562 Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade the offering of two prayers:

1. after the morning prayer (fajr) till the sun rises.

2. after the Asr prayer till the sun sets.


Al-Muwatta Hadith 20.120

Praying after Subh and Asr when doing Tawaf

Malik said, "If someone does some of his circuits and then the fajr or asr prayer is begun, he should pray with the imam and then complete the rest of his circuits but should not pray at all until the sun has either risen or set. There is no harm in delaying the two rakas until after he has prayed maghrib."


The Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade the believers to offer any prayers after the completion of the obligatory asr prayers, until the sun had completely set. Thus if one happens to enter the masjid before the adhaan of magrib has been announced, it would be best not to offer the two rakah tahiyat-ul-masjid nafl prayers at this time, but rather wait until after the magrib adhaan; and pray the two-rakah nafl prayers between the magrib adhaan and the iqaamah.


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