Performing the sunnats of fajr when the Jamaat has already commenced

Q: If one misses the sunnat salaah of fajr, then should he join the Imaam in jamaat and leave out the sunnats?

A: If he is sure that he will be able to perform his fajr Sunnats and still get the Jamaat, then he should perform his Sunnats in the sehn of the Musjid (i.e. in such a place that he will not be an obstruction for those who wish to join the saff)  and thereafter join the Jamaat. However if he fears that through performing the Sunnats, he will miss the jamaat, then in this case he should not perform the Sunnats, instead he should join the Jamaat.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

( وإذا خاف فوت ) ركعتي ( الفجر لاشتغاله بسنتها تركها ) لكون الجماعة أكمل ( وإلا ) بأن رجا إدراك ركعة في ظاهر المذهب وقيل التشهد واعتمده المصنف والشرنبلالي تبعا للبحر لكن ضعفه في النهر ( لا ) يتركها بل يصليها (الدر االمختار 2/ 56)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)