Ash-Shaykh Albany rahimahullah was asked regarding a person who began a voluntary prayer and then iqamah started, what should the person do?

Shaykh Albany rahimahullah, said,

“He should cut off his prayer”


“Even if he is in the last part of it?”


“There is a compound answer concerning this. If he is able to catch the first takbir with the imam, then he should complete [i.e his prayer] or else he should break his prayer.”

Ash-Shaykh Bin Baz rahimahullah, said,

فالواجب على من دخل في الصلاة النافلة تحية المسجد أو الراتبة، ثم أقيمت الصلاة أنه يقطع هذه النافلة،

“What is obligatory upon a person who enters into a voluntary salaat such as tahiyyatul masjid or a sunnah prayer is to cut off his prayer when the iqamah is made. Meaning, he should intend to break his prayer and become preoccupied with the obligatory prayer with the imam except if the person was in the last part of his voluntary pray, wherein he already made his second rukoo’ for verily in this case there is leniency on the matter if he was in the last part of the prayer since the last part isn’t considered to be a rakah…” End translation.

[Original Reference]

Ash-Shaykh Muqbil rahimahullah holds the opinion that the person should exit from the prayer even if he was in the last tashahud as has been noted in a number of his fatawa.

Translated by

AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman
Abu Fajr

Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen was asked:


“The questioner asks, ‘I see some people performing two rakaat before the (fardh) salah. He may be praying the tahiyyatul masjid or the Sunnah of the thuhr or Fajr prayers. As he is in the midst of praying and completes the recitation of the Faatiha, the mu’ath-thin calls the iqamah for the upcoming salah. This person then does the tasleem immediately while he is standing and joins the imam for the jama’ah prayer. What is the Islamic ruling on this matter? Is it permissible, and does he need to do anything in this regard or not?'”


“The scholars of Islam have differed in their verdicts regarding this matter. If the iqamah is called while one is praying a supererogatory prayer, should he end the prayer and join the imaam for the jama’ah, or complete it in a short and brief manner? The basis for their (the scholars) difference of opinion on the matter stems from the authentically reported Hadith of the Prophet sallah Allahu ‘alayhee wa sallam, narrated by Abu Hurairah:

‘if the call to prayer (iqamah) is established, no salah should be performed except the obligatory prayer.’

The Prophet’s statement

‘…no salah should be performed except the obligatory prayer’

was understood by some scholars to mean that one should not begin any other prayer. This is because the iqamah is an announcement to commence the prayer, so it is as if the Prophet sallah Allahu ‘alayhee wa sallam was saying, ‘if the iqamah is called, then do not seek to begin any prayer other than the current (obligatory) prayer’. Instead, one must ensure that he prays the current salah that has been called [to]. Also, as it has been authentically reported,

‘no prayer should be prayed except the one which the iqamah has been established for.’

Others understood

‘…no salah should be performed except the obligatory prayer’

to mean that not only should one not begin the salah, but nor should he even continue any other salah.

Based on the first opinion, one should not begin the prayer, but if he has already begun it (and the iqamah is made), he should shorten it and join the jama’ah. And the second [opinion] says that one should neither begin nor continue the salah; so if the iqamah is made and he is in the midst of his nafl prayer, it is a must for him to end it.

My (Shaykh Uthaymeen’s) opinion, and Allah is the possesor of all knowledge, that if one is in the second rakah of the nafl prayer, then he should complete it in a brief manner. But if it is called while one is in the first rakah, then he should end the prayer. I have chosen this opinion because the Prophet sallah Allahu alayhee wa sallam said,

‘whoever catches a rakah from the salah has caught the salah.’

As such, the one who has prayed a rakah from the nafl before iqamah was called has caught that salah, so he should continue it. But if one hasn’t prayed a full rakah yet, then the correct understanding of the Hadith

‘whoever catches a rakah of the salah has caught the salah’

is that having not completed a full rakah means that he has not caught enough of the salah for it to be counted. Thus, he should end it and join the imam.

When ending the salah for this reason or any other reason, one must leave the salah without making the tasleem. This is because I am unaware of any authentically reported Sunnah that says that if one needs to exit the prayer without having completed it that he should make tasleem. As Aisha radiallahu anha said, as authentically reported by Imam Muslim,

‘…and he (the Prophet) used to end the salah with the tasleem.’

So the tasleem is meant for the end of the salah. Also, it was reported that the Prophet said,

‘beginning it (the salah) is the takbeer, and ending it is with the tasleem.’

Because of this, (the one who hasn’t prayed a full rakah yet) hasn’t reached a point in which he should exit the salah, so the tasleem isn’t legislated. Rather, he should exit without making tasleem.

Translated by

Moahammad Al-Akhras
Abu Sufyaan

يقول السائل: هل يقطع الرجل صلاة سنة الفجر إذا سمع قول المؤذن: قد قامت الصلاة. إذا كان يصليها في بيته ؟

📝 الإجــــــــــــــــابة :-

الظاهر أنه يقطعها، ولو كان في بيته…

A Side Note: Ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Hizaam, hafidahullah is on the opinion that the person should break his sunnah even if he is praying his sunnah at home and he hears the iqamah being made.

In conclusion, a group of shuyookh have deemed the opinion of Shaykh Bin Baz rahimahullah to be the strongest opinion in the matter since it conforms with the texts and the scholarly explanations on the reason for the prohibition of praying after the iqamah has been made. And Allah knows best.

As for the following narration,

عَنْ جَابِرٍ، قَالَ كَانَ مُعَاذٌ يُصَلِّي مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ثُمَّ يَأْتِي فَيَؤُمُّ قَوْمَهُ فَصَلَّى لَيْلَةً مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم الْعِشَاءَ ثُمَّ أَتَى قَوْمَهُ فَأَمَّهُمْ فَافْتَتَحَ بِسُورَةِ الْبَقَرَةِ فَانْحَرَفَ رَجُلٌ فَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ صَلَّى وَحْدَهُ وَانْصَرَفَ

Jabir reported that Mu’adh b. Jabal used to pray with the Apostle (ﷺ), then came and led his people in prayer. One night he said the night prayer with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). He then came to his people and led them in prayer beginning with Surat al-Baqara. A man turned aside, pronounced the taslim (salutation for concluding the prayer), then prayed alone and departed.

Reported by Sahih Muslim

then a group of scholars have considered the additional wording that taslim was made as an error [شاذ] from one of the narrators being it was in opposition to the rest of wordings that have come.

Mentioned by

AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman
Abu Fajr