The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ruling 755

The nāfilah of ẓuhr is performed before the ẓuhr prayer, and its time commences from the time of ẓuhr and continues until the time it is possible to perform it before performing the ẓuhr prayer. However, if one delays performing the nāfilah of ẓuhr until the time that the shadow of an indicator (shākhiṣ), which is visible after the time of ẓuhr, becomes two-sevenths the length of the indicator – meaning that if the length of the indicator is seven spans, the shadow becomes two spans in length – then in such a case, it is better to perform the ẓuhr prayer before the nāfilah prayer unless one has performed one rakʿah of the nāfilah prayer before [the shadow of the indicator becomes two-sevenths the length of the indicator], in which case it is better to complete the nāfilah prayer before the ẓuhr prayer.