Two rakah before fajr
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Dear Brother Burhan, Assalamalaikum,
Many of our brothers have mis conceived this point and ensures they say this 2 rakah before obligatory fajr prayer even after obligatory prayer is started.
My understanding is, we should reach the mosque for Fajr prayer estimating sufficient time to complete 2 rakah befor the call of iqama of obligatory prayer.
Kindly advice the right approach to correct our mis conception. May Allah guide us all to the righteous way that HE the Almighty guided us through HIS beloved prophet (PBUH).
Jazakallah ho khair!
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Two rakah before fajr
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The two-rakah voluntary Sunnah prayer before the obligatory Fajr prayers is what is known as the Sunnah Muaqqedah; a voluntary prayer which the Prophet (saws) himself never missed to offer and exhorted the believers to do the same.
Obviously the best option is for one to either offer the two-rakah voluntary Sunnah prayer at their homes and then go to the Masjid to offer their obligatory prayer in congregation, or reach the masjid early and complete the two-rakah prayer well before the Iqamah is announced to start the obligatory Fajr prayer in congregation.
If for any reason, one happens to reach the masjid late, and has started to offer the Sunnah prayer, and hears that the iqamah for the congregation is announced, one should immediately break and leave their Sunnah prayers and join the congregation for the obligatory prayerfor an obligatory act always supersedes a voluntary act.
To start or continue with a voluntary prayer when an obligatory prayer in congregation has started is absolutely discouraged and undesirable.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,