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leading fard salah twice

Last updated: 21st May 2021
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salaam mufti saab, i would like to know the ruling according to the hanafi madhab of leading the fard prayer twice? a collegaue of mind, whom adheres to the shafi madhab has informed me that a person can lead the fard prayer twice, also showing me various hadith. in my workplace there are many hanafis who are slighlty confused regarding this matter. i humbily request you to shed some of your wisdom and insight regarding this matter. wasslam wa rahmtullahi wa barakathu

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Al Jawaab Billahit-Tawfeeq

According to the Hanafi Madhab, a person cannot lead the same Fard twice. If someone does so, then the Fard prayer of the followers of the second Jama'ah under that Imam is invalid.

The basis of this is that one cannot pray his Fard prayer under an Imam who is reading a Nafl prayer for himself. When an Imam has already lead a Fard prayer, then his Fard prayer has already been completed and the second prayer he is leading becomes an additional prayer which is Nafl for him.

(See Fatawa Mahmudia, V6, Pg63)

 ٠(و) لا (مفترض بمتنفل وبمفترض فرضا آخر) لأن اتحاد الصلاتين شرط عندنا. وصح «أن معاذا كان يصلي مع النبي- صلى الله عليه وسلم - نفلا وبقومه فرضا»٠ (الدر المختار ،باب الإمامة)٠ 

And Allah knows best

Answer last updated on:
1st June 2021
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