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Salaah in the car

Fatwaa ID: 1875

Assalām ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullāh wa Barakātohou

If I am running late driving to masjid for Isha and have not done maghrib, is it better for me to pray magrib in the car and catch more isha, or to pray magrib at masjid and miss isha in congregation?

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

In principle, standing is a requisite for the validity of salaah. Unless a person has a valid excuse, he cannot sit and pray. Driving or being in the car are not valid excuses. This goes for men and women. The salaah would be invalid.

In the enquired situation, you must pull over and pray Maghrib Salaah on the road. You cannot pray it while sitting down. You must pray the Maghrib Salaah within its time. Once you reach the masjid, you will pray with the imaam whatever you catch with him. If you are late, then you will pray on your own. Remember, each of the salaahs must be prayed in their respective times. Your day must revolve around your salaahs. Salaah comes first before everything else, including work and study.

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

04/19/1445 AH – 11/03/2023 CE | AMG1-3548

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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