I am allowed to go from office only after 5:30 pm - Can I combine the Luhar prayer with Ashar?
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Dear Brother Burhan Assalamu Alleikkum
Pls brief me about combining the prayers, Kasr & Jammuh (Luhar + Ashar & Mahrib + Isha).
a). Who is eligible for this?
b). I am allowed to go from office only after 5:30 pm - Can I combine the Luhar prayer with Ashar?
c). When we perform Kasr/Jammuh (Luhar + Ashar), should we first complete Luhar (2 Rakhath) & give Salam before starting with Ashar or we should perform both prayers (2+2) together & give only one Salam? Pls clarify. May Almighty Allah bless you for your good deed.
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The combining of prayers
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Your Question: Who is eligible for this?
A believer who is in the state of journey or travel is eligible to offer his prayers shortened and it was the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) to combine the dhuhr and asr shortened prayers, and the magrib and isha (shortened) prayers together when he (saws) was on a journey.
Your Question: I am allowed to go from office only after 5:30 pm - Can I combine the Luhar prayer with Ashar?
If your office is in the area or the city where you reside, you are not eligible to offer combined prayers; it would be your duty unto your Lord Creator to make sure that you offer your obligatory prayers at their appointed times.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 103:
Indeed the Salaat is a prescribed duty that should be performed by the believers at (their) appointed times.
Your Question: When we perform Kasr/Jammuh (Luhar + Ashar), should we first complete Luhar (2 Rakhath) & give Salam before starting with Ashar or we should perform both prayers (2+2) together & give only one Salam? Pls clarify.
When one is in the state of journey or travel and exercises the option to offer the qasr+jamaah (shortened+combined) dhuhr and asr prayers, one should first offer the shortened two-rakahs for the dhuhr prayers with its own takbeer and tasleems; and then offer the shortened two-rakah for the asr prayer with its own takbeer and tasleems.
It would not be permissible in Shariah for one to combine two different prayers with only one set of takbeer and tasleems.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,