Praying Tahiyyat Al-Masjid between Sunnah of Fajr and Fajr prayer
Fatwa No: 361474

  • Fatwa Date:30-11-2017 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 12, 1439
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Question

Suppose I prayed the two-Rak‘ah (unit of prayer) Sunnah prayer of the Fajr at home and then I go to the mosque and have some time left for congregation. Is it permissible for me to pray Tahiyyat Al-Masjid (greeting the mosque) at that time? Does it contradict with the consequences of the Fajr prayer? Is it the same case in the Thuhr prayer? Is there any religious virtue of the green dome of the Prophet's mosque? I read in many writings of Hajj Safarnama about scholars and their fascination and emotion regarding the dome. What should be our view regarding the dome?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

As far as we know, there is no religious text indicating that the Sunnah of the Fajr and the obligatory Fajr prayer should be performed successively. Perhaps you are referring to the forbiddance of performing voluntary prayers after the break of dawn. In any case, if you enter the mosque at any time, even during the times when it is forbidden to pray, it is prescribed to perform the two-Rakʻah prayer of Tahiyyat Al-Masjid, because it is a prayer that is performed for a specific reason. The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, "If anyone of you enters the mosque, he should not sit until he has prayed two Rakʻahs." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

The forbiddance of performing voluntary prayers after the break of dawn and until sunrise is confined to the voluntary prayers that do not have a specific reason. As for the voluntary prayers that have a reason, the preponderant opinion adopted at Islamweb is that it is permissible to perform them during the times of forbiddance, given the collective evidence in this regard. This is the view adopted by Ash-Shaafiʻi and the one chosen by Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them.

As for the green dome over the grave of the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, it did not exist during the time of the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam; nor that of his Companions; nor that of the first three Muslim generations. Rather, it was built later on, and it has no special virtue.

Allah knows best.

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