Category: Prayer (Salaat)
Fatwa#: 36958
Asked Country: New Zealand

Answered Date: Oct 19,2016

Title: Praying Asr in Shafi time


Asalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu.

May peace be upon you and also the mercy of Allah (SWT) and his blessings be upon you.


Please answer my question in light of the Hanafi school of thought.

I am a Hanafi Muslim and prayer time for Asr starts at 3:35pm for Shafis, and 4:15pm for Hanafis.

1) Am I allowed to pray Zuhr between 3:35pm and 4:15pm (I know that it's best to pray as early as possible but when I return home it's 3:50pm).

2) Can I pray Asr at 3:35 (Shafi time) without congregation although I am a Hanafi.


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

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


1) The Zuhr salah performed until 4:15pm will be valid. If the Zuhr salah is delayed without any valid excuse, it will be makrooh (disliked).[1][2][3]

2) A Hanafi should adhere to the Hanafi timings for salah. The time 3:35 is Zuhr time according to the Hanafi mazhab. If one is in dire need to perform Asr according to the Shafi Asr time, for example, he is a musafir or he is in a Shafi congregation, then his Asr salah at that time will be valid.[4][5]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saad Haque

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] اللباب في شرح الكتاب جلد٢ ص١١٥

(وأول وقت الظهر إذا زالت الشمس) عن كبد السماء (وآخر وقتها عند أبي حنيفة) رحمه الله (إذا صار ظل كل شيء مثليه سوى فيء الزوال) ؛ أي الفيء الذي يكون وقت الزوال، هذا ظاهر الرواية عن الإمام نهاية وهي رواية محمد في الأصل، وهو الصحيح كما في الينابيع والبدائع والغاية والمنية والمحيط، واختاره برهان الشريعة المحبوبي، وعول عليه النسفي، ووافقه صدر الشريعة ورجح دليله، وفي الغيائية: وهو المختار، واختاره المتون، وارتضاه الشارحون

[2] احسن الفتاوي جلد٢ ص١١٠

[3] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) جلد٢ ص٤٨٩

)ووقت الظهر من زواله) أي ميل ذكاء عن كبد السماء (إلى بلوغ الظل مثليه) وعنه مثله، وهو قولهما وزفر والأئمة الثلاثة. قال الإمام الطحاوي: وبه نأخذ. وفي غرر الأذكار: وهو المأخوذ به. وفي البرهان: وهو الأظهر. لبيان جبريل. وهو نص في الباب. وفي الفيض: وعليه عمل الناس اليوم وبه يفتى (سوى فيء)

[4] فتاوي دار العلوم زكريا جلد دوم ص٦٤

[5] احسن الفتاوي جلد٢ ص١٤٥


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