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while performing 4 sunat salah before farz during Zuhr, and Iqamat is called, can the salah be broken into 2 rakat. Please highlight!


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Can one break sunnah prayer for fard

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Your Question: .while performing 4 sunat salah before farz during Zuhr, and Iqamat is called, can the salah be broken into 2 rakat. Please highlight!

Ali ibn Shaiban relates that the Messenger of Allah (saws) saw a man praying (alone) behind the row (or rows of congregational prayer) and he (saws) waited for him and (when he finished) told him: "Go forward (and join the row) for the salah of a person praying alone behind the rows is not valid."

Related by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, al-Baihaqi and Ahmad.


In light of the above guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) it is severely disliked that a person lets go or misses a part of the obligatory prayer in congregation, only so that he may fulfill his nafl or sunnah optional prayers.


If one has already started their nafl or sunnah prayer, and sees or hears the iqama or call of the congregational obligatory prayer, one should simply break and leave their nafl or sunnah optional prayer and immediately join the rows to perform the congregational obligatory prayer with the believers.


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