Delivering a Class While People are Praying
Fatwa No: 380013

  • Fatwa Date:29-7-2018 - Thul-Qi'dah 17, 1439
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Question

Assalamu alaykumIn our local masjid short duroos given (for about 10 minutes) right after fajr and maghrib salah. Because of the duroos people dont get enough time to say adhkaar which are to be said after fard salah so some people postpone saying adhkaar until the duroos is over. Is this postponing right or is it considered a bidah?

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  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The Imam should initially wait for a short period before starting the class to enable people to finish the Athkaar due after the payer, and to enable those who came late to finish their prayers without being distracted. Once they finish, then he can start delivering his class, but he should not raise his voice too loud and should keep it at a moderate level.

If the Imam knows that people will leave if he does not start the class immediately, then there would be no harm in starting the class as soon as he finishes the prayer. This is because hastening to start the class in this case would achieve the benefit of spreading knowledge and calling people to Allah. In such a case, there is no harm if one finishes the Athkaar after the class ends, and this delay is not considered a religious innovation (Bid’ah) as stated by Ibn Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him.

Allah knows best.

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