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Jumua Friday started before zawal time.

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On Friday, 09 Safar 1429 / 07 March 2008, the Jammat for Jumah Salat (Friday Prayer) started at 11:45 AM in the Main Jama Masjid.

The Zawal time was at 11:50 AM. So Jammat for Jumah Salat (Friday Prayer) started five minutes before Zawal Time and ended also by Zawal Time and thousands of Muslims prayed like this in this Jama Masjid.

Can anyone send me a Hadith, Ayat of Quran or a Fatwa that Jumah Salat can start and finish before Zawal time.

Or what is the Sharai status of those thousands who prayed Jumah Salat (Friday Prayer) before Zawal Time.


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Jumua Friday started before zawal time

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. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


The Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was to start the Friday Jumuah mid-day sermon and prayer only after the sun had passed a little west of its meridian or after zawaal time.


If perchance the imam of the said masjid inadvertently, unintentionally, and in ignorance of the time started the Jumuah sermon five minutes before zawaal is expected that the imam will find his Lord Forgiving and Merciful for his unintentional error.


If the imam unintentionally started the Jumuah Khutba or sermon five minutes before zawaal time, it is safe to assume that the Khutba would at least be as long as five minutes..thus the Jumuah mid-day prayer itself would have been offered in its prescribed time. The absolute majority of the scholars and the jurists in Islam are of the opinion that in such a situation, the prayer of the Imam and the believers will be valid and acceptable and they do not have to repeat their prayers again.


If Allah forbid, the imam started the Jumuah mid-day two-rakah prayer itself before its appointed time, then indeed upon being notified of his error, it would be the responsibility of the Imam to turn back unto his Lord in taubah for his manifest error, offer the prayer again and also inform the believers who prayed behind him of his unintentional error and ask them to offer their prayers again.


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