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If we pray sunnah 4 rakah prior to dhur prayer. Now if imam starts congregational prayer, at this time I just finished 1 rukuh and started arising to standing position.

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If we pray sunnah 4 rakah prior to dhur prayer. Now if imam starts congregational prayer, at this time I just finished 1 rukuh and started  arising to standing I can cancel my sunnah prayer  or I have to  finish remaining 3 rakah ( if I want to finish remaining 3 rakah I want to make it fast ? )


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Break sunnah join fard

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Ali ibn Shaiban relates that the Messenger of Allah (saws) saw a man praying (alone) behind the row (or rows of congregational prayer) and he (saws) waited for him and (when he finished) told him: "Go forward (and join the row) for the salah of a person standing alone behind the rows is not valid."

Related by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, al-Baihaqi and Ahmad.


In light of the above guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) it is severely disliked that a person lets go or misses a part of the obligatory prayer in congregation, only so that he may fulfill his nafl or sunnah optional prayers.


If one has already started their nafl or sunnah prayer, and sees or hears the iqama or call of the congregational obligatory prayer, one should simply leave their nafl or sunnah optional prayer and immediately join the rows to perform the congregational prayer with the believers. A few scholars are of the opinion that if one is almost about to complete ones nafl or sunnah optional prayer like being in ones last ruku or tashahud, and one happens to hear the iqama for the congregational prayer, one may complete his optional prayer as soon as possible and join the congregational prayer. But if one has a full rakah (or more) left in ones optional prayer, and one hears the call or iqama for congregational prayer, it would be best to leave their optional prayer, and join the congregational prayer.


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