Fatwa: # 19608
Category: Prayer (Salaat)
Country: Oman
Date: 21st November 2011


Is it permissible to offer Sunnah Salah behind an Imam who is offering his Fardh Salaah?


I offered my Maghrib Salāh behind a person in Oman. After the Salāh was over, one of the people who prayed with us, he was a Musāfir (traveler). He stood up and started making Takbīr for Ishā Salāh. He insisted us to assist him in praying along with him telling us that if we prayed with him, his Ishā Salāh will be offered and our Sunnāh for Maghrib Salāh will also be over (meaning that we won’t have to offer the Sunnāhs of Maghrib Salāh).

I have a doubt that if I prayed along with, it will be considered as Nafl Salāh or it will become a substitute for my Maghrib Salāh.



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Sunnāh Salāhs come under the same ruling as Nafl Salāhs. If you offered your Sunnāh Muakkadah  behind an Imām who was offering his Fard Salāh, your Sunnāh Salāh will be valid. [i][ii]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mawlana Abdul Hannan Nizami,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Husain Kadodia.

 [i] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (1/ 590)

فَعَلَى هَذَا يَصِحُّ الِاقْتِدَاءُ فِي التَّرَاوِيحِ وَغَيْرِهَا بِمُفْتَرِضٍ وَغَيْرِهِ، وَمِثْلُهَا سَائِرُ السُّنَنِ الرَّوَاتِبِ




  حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح (ص: 291)

قوله: "وأن لا يكون الإمام أدنى حالا من المأموم" ليس منه ما لو اقتدى من يرى وجوب الوتر بمن يرى سنيته فإن ذلك صحيح للإتحاد ولا يختلف باختلاف الإعتقاد وكذا من يصلي سنة بمن يصلي سنة أخرى كسنة العشاء خلف من يصلي التراويح أو سنة الظهر البعدية خلف مصلى القبلية فإنه يجوز كما في البحر وغيره


 [ii] تبيين الحقائق شرح كنز الدقائق وحاشية الشلبي (1/ 177)

وَأَمَّا السُّنَنُ الرَّوَاتِبُ فَنَوَافِلُ حَتَّى تَجُوزَ عَلَى الدَّابَّةِ


حاشية ابن عابدين )1/ 376( أيج أيم سعيد

قَوْلُهُ: بِلَا تَعْيِينٍ) لِأَنَّ الصَّحِيحَ الْمُعْتَمَدَ عَدَمُ اشْتِرَاطِهِ فِي السُّنَنِ الرَّوَاتِبِ، وَأَنَّهَا تَصِحُّ بِنِيَّةِ النَّفْلِ وَبِمُطْلَقِ النِّيَّةِ،


البناية شرح الهداية (2/ 366)

ويؤيد هذا اتفاقهم على جواز اقتداء المتنفل بالمفترض


بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع (1/ 101)

 وَاقْتِدَاءُ الْمُتَنَفِّلِ بِالْمُفْتَرِضِ جَائِزٌ فِي كُلِّ صَلَاةٍ





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