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My question is regarding combining Prayers. Shia’s says that Prophet pbuh combined zuhr and asr without any extraordinary Circumstances in normal conditions. However, there is another hadith which clarifies that how Prophet combined prayers. The hadith is that the prophet would delay zuhr prayer and pray in its very last time just before the beggining of asr prayer and then he would wait some time and pray asr. But shia people says that it’s not like this. For e.g if zuhr times starts at 12pm and asar time starts at 4pm so prophet would pray zuhr at 3:55 pm and then wait at pray asar when it’s 4pm. So this is how he combined prayers.

So now my question is to which extend am I correct. Secondly, do shia people mean that zuhr and asar can be combined before the times of asar starts.  For e.g if zuhr time starts at 12pm so can I pray zuhr and asar prayer at 12 pm ? And if maghrib time starts at 6pm so can I pray Maghrib and isha together at 6pm or not? Or should I pray one prayer till its end time and then combine both of the prayers.

Jazakallah !


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

Question: Did the Prophet and the Imams (PBUT) combine the Dhuhr and Asr prayers? Why do the Sunnis perform the Asr prayer at Asr time? Is it not preferred for us (Shias) to act as they do?

Concise Answer: Taking note of the Shia and Sunni traditions that have been passed down to us, the Prophet (PBUH) would both combine the Dhuhr and Asr, and the Maghrib and Isha prayers, as well as pray them separately.

The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) would at times combine the prayers in order to make it easy for the people.

Imam Sadiq (PBUH) has stated: “The Prophet of God, without any particular excuse, performed the Dhuhr and Asr, as well as the Maghrib and Isha prayers with one Adhan and two Iqamah.”

Performing prayers in five times is not obligatory, because when the infallibles practice something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is wajib; it can mean that it is wajib, mustahabb or just simply permissible. To say that something they have done is wajib calls for a separate reason than just the fact that they did it.

I would recommend you to read the detailed answer to the above Question from the link given above. The above answer is concise here but you can read the answer in detail from the link.

The answer to your question regarding “Dhuhr and Asr time, Maghrib and Isha time”, it is mentioned in detail on the above link.

Joining prayer doesn’t mean that you pray Dhuhr at its last time and then join with Asr, rather it means that whenever Dhuhr is performed either it be at its own time, soon after that Asr is performed.

Yes, you can pray Dhuhr at 12 pm and as you finish Dhuhr, you can pray Asr, and the same way you can pray Maghrib at 6pm, and soon after that you can pray Isha.

We Shias also believe 5 prayers to be obligatory but out of these 5 prayers, Dhuhr can be prayed with Asr, and Maghrib can be prayed with Isha and these can be prayed at different times as well. So, there is no problem in praying together or separately.


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May Allah swt accept our Salat and our deeds.




Syed Haider