Delaying Isha Prayer to a Late Time: Allowed?
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Delaying Isha Prayer to a Late Time: Allowed?

Questioner

Hayat

Reply Date

Dec 04, 2017

Question

What is the ruling concerning delaying the Isha Prayer to a late time?

Mufti

Answer


Delaying Isha Prayer to a Late Time

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:

1- If a man is going to delay the Isha Prayer and by so doing is going to miss performing it in congregation, then it is not allowed for him to delay it and miss the congregation.

2- As for women in their homes, the more they delay the Isha Prayer, the better for them.


Answering your question, the late prominent Saudi Muslim scholar, Sheikh Ibn `Uthaymeen, stated: 

The best act with respect to the Isha Prayer is to delay it until its last time. Whatever amount it is delayed is better.

This is true except in the case of men. If a man is going to delay the Isha Prayer and by so doing is going to miss performing it in congregation, then it is not allowed for him to delay it and miss the congregation.

As for women in their homes, the more they delay the Isha Prayer, the better for them. However, they cannot delay it beyond half of the night.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Source: Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women, Compiled by Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Aziz Al-Musnad and translated by Jamal Al-Din Zarabozo, Darussalam, 1996.




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