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When to give iqaamah

Fatwaa ID: 1683

Question:
Assalamu alaikum Mufti Saab,

What is the adab of giving iqamah?

If time is up, do we say iqamah as soon as the Imam enters the masjid?

Or do we say iqamah as he walks over to the musalah?

Or do we say it after he has reached the musalah and finishes putting on the headset microphone, adjusting his janimaaz, and is ready to go?

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

In principle, the initiation of the salaah, which includes the iqaamah, is the domain of the imaam. The muadhdhin should consult with the imaam in this regard and follow his instructions. Each masjid or situation may be different. However, ideally, the iqaamah should be given once the imaam starts heading towards the musalla. Sayyiduna Bilaal (R) would give the iqaamah when he would see Rasulullaah ﷺ coming in and heading towards the musalla to lead the salaah. The congregants however should only stand as the imaam passes their row going towards the musalla, not before. To stand before and wait for him in that manner is disrespectful and reprehensible. It should be remembered that the imaam is in charge, not the clock.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

02/08/1445 AH – 08/25/2023 CE | AMG1-3389

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


مسند أحمد 20849
20849- عن جابر بن سمرة، قال: ” كان بلال يؤذن إذا زالت الشمس لا يخرم، ثم لا يقيم حتى يخرج النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم “، قال: ” فإذا خرج أقام حين يراه

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