Combined Maghrib and ‘Ishaa’ In Light Rain
Fatwa No: 387556

  • Fatwa Date:3-12-2018 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 25, 1440
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Question

Assalamu Alaikkum Now I am on visit to US. Here there is a mosque (with Quran classes and madrasas) where Egyptian Imams (Hafidhs) lead the prayers for more than 300 people including women and children. On a day when there was a small rain in winter season they prayed Magrib prayer and right away prayed the Essa prayer also together saying because of bad weather. Myself joined them. But my friends did not join with us saying it is not a big rain. Was my prayer acceptable?

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.{C}

There is no harm in combining the Maghrib and ‘Ishaa' prayers when it is raining; a rain that wets the clothes, according to the view of the majority of the scholars. Therefore, if the rain, due to which the Imaam combined the prayers, was heavy enough to wet the clothes, then your prayer is valid.

However, if the rain is light and does not wet the clothes, then the scholars stated that light rain does not permit combining the prayers as there is no hardship because of it.

For more benefit on the issue of combining between two prayers, please refer to Fataawa 117728, 43176, and 92708.

Allah knows best.

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