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When one has already prayed and comes to another mosque to find the people there praying. What he should do?

If a person has already prayed in one mosque, then he comes to another mosque for a lesson or for some other reason, and finds the people there praying, then he should join them and his prayer would be considered a naafil (supererogatory or ―extra) prayer. He should do so even if it is during the prohibited times of prayer because there is a reason behind it. The evidence for this comes from the hadeeth of Yazeed ibn al-Aswad (may Allah be pleased with him): ―I performed Hajj with the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and prayed Fajr with him in Masjid Al-Khayf. When he completed his prayer and turned around, he found two people at the back who did not pray with him. He said, I have to talk to them.‘ So he came to them, and they were trembling. He asked them: What prevented you two from praying with us?‘ They said: O Messenger of Allah! We had already prayed in ourplaces.‘ He said: Do not do that. If you have already prayed at your places and then came to a congregational mosque, pray with them too and it will become a supererogatory prayer for you.‘ (Sunan Al-Tirmidhi, no. 219; Saheeh al-Jaami‘, 667)

 

 

 

 

In another hadeeth it is narrated that the two came after the Fajr prayer which is a time when prayer is prohibited. Imaam Maalik has reported in al-Muwatta‘ in the chapter on ―What has been narrated about repeating the prayer with the imaam after a person has prayed individually:

 

 

―Mihjan (radiAllahu anhu), said that he was in the company of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), when the call to prayer was given. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) got up and prayed in congregation, then came back, while Mihjan stayed in his place and did not pray with them. So the Messenger of Allaah  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to him: What prevented you from praying with the people? Are you not a Muslim?‘ He said: Indeed I am, O Prophet of Allah! But I had already prayed at home.‘ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to him: When you come (to the mosque) then pray with the people even if you have already prayed.(al-Muwatta‘, 1/130; Silsilah al-Saheehah, no. 13370

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  1. June 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

    What of, if you have done it congregationally at some were ?

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  2. June 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

    When you come (to the mosque) then pray with the people even if you have already prayed.

    (al-Muwatta‘, 1/130; Silsilah al-Saheehah, no. 13370

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