Hadith on Prayer: Recommendation to pray on time if Imam improperly delays

November 9, 2017

Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said to me, “O Abu Dharr, how will you act if you encounter leaders who (improperly) delay the pray from its time or allow it to die altogether?” I said, “What do you command me to do?” The Prophet said, “Perform the prayer in its proper time, then if you perform it with them later it will be awarded to you as a voluntary deed.”

Grade: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 648

Source: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

At-Tirmidhi said, “It is the position of more than one of the scholars that it is preferred for a man to perform the prayer in its proper time if the Imam (improperly) delays it, then later he prays with the Imam and the first prayer counts as the obligatory prayer according to most of the scholars.”

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 176

عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ قَالَ قَالَ لِي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَيْفَ أَنْتَ إِذَا كَانَتْ عَلَيْكَ أُمَرَاءُ يُؤَخِّرُونَ الصَّلَاةَ عَنْ وَقْتِهَا أَوْ يُمِيتُونَ الصَّلَاةَ عَنْ وَقْتِهَا قَالَ قُلْتُ فَمَا تَأْمُرُنِي قَالَ صَلِّ الصَّلَاةَ لِوَقْتِهَا فَإِنْ أَدْرَكْتَهَا مَعَهُمْ فَصَلِّ فَإِنَّهَا لَكَ نَافِلَةٌ

648 صحيح مسلم كتاب المساجد ومواضع الصلاة باب كراهية تأخير الصلاة عن وقتها المختار وما يفعله المأموم إذا أخرها الإمام

قال الترمذي وَهُوَ قَوْلُ غَيْرِ وَاحِدٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْعِلْمِ يَسْتَحِبُّونَ أَنْ يُصَلِّيَ الرَّجُلُ الصَّلَاةَ لِمِيقَاتِهَا إِذَا أَخَّرَهَا الْإِمَامُ ثُمَّ يُصَلِّي مَعَ الْإِمَامِ وَالصَّلَاةُ الْأُولَى هِيَ الْمَكْتُوبَةُ عِنْدَ أَكْثَرِ أَهْلِ الْعِلْمِ

176 سنن الترمذي كتاب الصلاة باب ما جاء في مواقيت الصلاة باب ما جاء في تعجيل الصلاة إذا أخرها الإمام