Joining the Imam in the Last Tashahhud
What shall I do if I catch the Imam (leader of prayer) while in the last tashahhud of prayer? Do I miss such prayer and have to join a new congregation?
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) said, I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, “When the Iqamah is pronounced, do not come to it running, you should walk calmly with tranquility to join the congregation. Then join in what you catch for and complete what you miss.” (Al-Bukhari)
Imam Ibn Hajar said, “The previous proves that it is preferred (mustahab) to join the imam of prayer in whatever position he is found.” (Fath Al-Bari)
The scholars of the Standing Committee were asked: What is better if a man enters the mosque and the imam is reciting the final tashahhud – should he join him in the tashahhud or is it better to wait for some other people to come so that they can pray together?
It is better for him to join the imam, because of the general meaning of the hadith: “Whatever you catch up with, pray, and whatever you miss, make it up.”
Enjoy watching this interesting fatwa with Dr. Muhammad Salah to know the ruling of catching the prayer while the imam in the last tashahhud.
Source: Iqra Youtube Channel