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Breaking pre-Zuhr sunnahs into 2s

Fatwaa ID: 482


Can 4 rak’ahs before Zhuhr be broken down to 2 and 2 when we think that time is going to be short and congregation prayer will start shortly?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

According to the Hanafi legal school, if one performs the four rak’ah sunnahs in sets of twos, then that would not count as sunnah. It would count as nafl. Hence, you should not perform it in the said manner. Make the intention in your mind for four. If the congregation starts while you are in the first half, you may shorten it to two rak’ahs in that case and join the imaam. Afterwards, qadhaa may be made of the full four sunnah rak’ahs.
If are in the third or fourth rak’ah and the imaam starts the salaah, you may finish the four rak’ahs and then join the imaams.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/08/1444 AH – 01/30/2023 CE | AMG3-3261

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

مراقي السعادات (ص66)
والرباعية: قبل الظهر وقبل الجمعة وبعدها أربع بتسليمة. فإن فصلها لم يأت بالسنة وكانت نفلا مطلقا.

مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح (ص146)
ﻭﻗﺎﻝ اﻟﺰﻳﻠﻌﻲ ﺣﺘﻰ ﻟﻮ ﺻﻼﻫﺎ ﺑﺘﺴﻠﻴﻤﺘﻴﻦ ﻻ ﻳﻌﺘﺪ ﺑﻬﺎ ﻋﻦ اﻟﺴﻨﺔ.


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