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Can one break the Nafl prayer if fard prayer starts?


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Salaam alei kum Brother, I am praying nafl namaaz before the fard Azan and while I am praying the Imam starts the fard prayers, what should be done: finish the nafl namaaz and then join the fard? Can we leave the nafl namaaz as is and join the fard? What is the correct sunnah of the prophet (saws). Jazak Allah Kheir 


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Can one break the Nafl prayer if fard prayer starts?

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If one has just started his nafl or sunnah prayers, and the iqaamah of the prayer is announced, he should break his nafl prayer and join the congregation prayers.


But if one has finished one rakah and is in the second rakah of the nafl or sunnah prayers, then it is preferred that he should finish his nafl prayers fast and then join the congregation. There is absolutely no harm and no sin if one breaks the nafl prayers to join the fard congregation at any time.


The way to break the nafl prayers is just stop praying and join the congregation. There is no need to do salaams of tasleem or anything else. Just the intention of breaking the nafl prayers is enough to invalidate the prayers.


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