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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Second Congregation Prayer in the Masjid

Q;AsalamuAliakum can we say Akaamat 2 times in two gathering of same nimaz in the same masjid or if we pray som where else on the same adaan. MEANS if we pray nimaaz of zuhar and som persons came late and they start new jammad/jammat of zuhar, can they say akammat once again/have them say akammat once again. A All-Praise is due to Allah, Yes so long as it is not organized as a second congregation, other wise as you have described it is permissible as it was mentioned in a Fatwa: Some of the scholars say that the congregational prayer should not be repeated, i.e., they should pray individually. Some of them say that it should be repeated, and this is the correct view, and it is the view of the Hanbalis. The evidence for that is: Firstly: the hadeeth of Ubayy ibn Ka’b, according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “For a man to pray with another man is better than his praying alone, and for him to pray with two other men is better than his praying with one other man. The more men there are, the dearer it is to Allaah.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (554) and al-Nasaa’i (843). This clearly shows that it is better for a man to pray with another man than to pray alone. If we say that there should not be another congregational prayer, this means that we are favouring the less-favoured choice (i.e., praying alone), and this is contrary to the text. Secondly: One day the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was sitting with his companions when a man came in after the prayer had finished, and he said: “Who will give charity to this man and pray with him?” One of the people got up and prayed with the man. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (220). This clearly shows that the congregational prayer may be repeated after the regular congregation, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) encouraged someone to pray with this man. (See Islam Q&A Fatwa: 87847) And Allah knows best...

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