Changing Intention from Ma'mum to Imam: Valid?
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Changing Intention from Ma’mum to Imam: Valid?

Questioner

Hasan

Reply Date

Oct 20, 2017

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. A Ma’mum (person being led by an Imam in Prayer) joined ‘Asr (Afternoon) Prayer during the fourth rak`ah (unit of Prayer) then another man came and started praying behind him. Is it thus permissible for the first praying person to change his intention from being a ma'mum to being an Imam (the one who leads congregational Prayer)?

Mufti

Answer


Changing Intention from Ma'mum to Imam

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

It is permissible to change the intention from a ma’mum to an imam. 


Answering your question, The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ in Saudi Arabia, issued the following fatwa:

It is permissible for whoever misses congregational Prayer and cannot find anybody else to start a new congregation with, to pray (as a ma’mum) behind a person who is making up for the rak`ahs (units of Prayer) that they missed after the taslim (salutation of peace ending the Prayer) of the Imam.

The proof for the foregoing is that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was offering Prayer during the night and Ibn `Abbas came and prayed behind him. Moreover, offering Prayer in congregation is more rewarded.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Source: http://www.alifta.net




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