Is it better to enter salah while the Imaam is in prostration or wait until he raises? -Shaykh ibn al-’Uthaymeen

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

Is it better to enter salah while the Imaam is in prostration or wait until he raises?

By Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-’Uthaymeen may Allah have mercy on him

This question and response can be found in “Liqaa’atul Baabil Maftooh” 1/408.

Question: Is it permissible to make takbeer and enter salah when the Imaam is in sujood (prostration), or should he wait until the Imaam rises into qiyaam (standing)?

Answer: The best thing to do is to enter the prayer in whatever position the Imaam is in. So if someone comes and the Imaam is in prostration then make the Takbeer and go into sajdah. This is from the statement of the Prophet (peace be upon him),

“…The part of the prayer you get (along with the imam) offer it, and the part you miss complete it (afterwards)…” [Abu Dawud and narrated by Abu Hurayrah]

The reason being that perhaps this prostration that is caught will be a reason for sins being forgiven. Therefore, do not miss out on it. He should make prostration then stand with the Imaam. However, it is not counted as a rak’ah (unit), because the rak’ah is counted if you caught the rukoo’ (bowing).

Translated by: Abu Awzaa’ee AbdusSalaam

الفقير الى الله

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