The Virtue Of Catching Up With The Opening Takbeer Is Not Cancelled Out By Putting Two Prayers Together In The Mosque
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I read a hadith of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) which
said that whoever prays for forty days, not missing the opening takbeer (with
the imam), Allah will decree for him freedom from two things. I have tried to
achieve that more than once until Allah made it easy for me, but one day the
rain was very heavy, so we put Maghrib and 'Isha' together at the time of the
earlier prayer. Did this spoil one of the forty days, or is it still valid? If
it was the imam who was praying and trying to complete forty days, but he made a
mistake in the prayer, does this mistake invalidate the forty days?
Praise be to Allah
At-Tirmidhi (241) narrated that Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him)
said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
"Whoever prays to Allah for forty days in congregation, catching up with the
first takbeer, he will be recorded as being free from two things: free from the
Fire and free from hypocrisy." This hadith was classed as da'eef by at-Tirmidhi
and a number of earlier scholars; they stated that the problem with it is that
it is mursal. However, some later scholars classed it as hasan, including
al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.
See: Talkhees al-Habeer (2/27).
If the people in the mosque put two prayers together, that does not rule out a
worshipper's having caught up with the first takbeer. That applies whether the
worshipper is leading the prayer as an imam or is praying behind an imam and
made a mistake in his prayer. The bounty of Allah, may He be exalted, is immense
and His generosity knows no bounds.
We ask Allah, may He be exalted, to help us and you to do more righteous deeds
and acts of worship.