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Women should delay Isha. Men should pray with the congregation

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Women should delay Isha. Men should pray with the congregation

Post by Clare on Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:33 am

Salam alaikom sisters

2 different fatawa by major scholars on the same topic

1. Question:

Some of the people complain when it is said to them: “Why do you delay salaatul Isha while working or other than this?” So they say: “The (time for) salaatul Isha is up until midnight and the time (to establish Isha) is wide.” I beg from your eminence, clarification regarding this issue and the ruling on it with evidence for it. May Allaah preserve you and guide your steps.
Answer:

It is obligatory upon every Muslim to pray salaatul Isha and other than this (the other salawaat) with the congregation and it is not permissible to delay it and to busy oneself with work. This is because praying in congregation is an obligatory matter. So it is not permissible for anyone to oppose the congregation except with an excuse that has been legislated; like illness and what leads to it.
This is because of the saying of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Whoever heard the call (to salaat) and he did not come to it, then there is no (reward for the) salaat for him except with an excuse.”

It was said to Ibn Abbaas (رضي الله عنه): “What is the excuse?” He (Ibn Abbaas) said: “Fear (of death) or illness.”

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Ad-Da'wah magazine, number 1489, published 27/11/1415AH
http://www.masjiduthaymeen.org

Source:http://www.fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=188


2. Delaying the Isha Prayer
Question:

What is the ruling on delaying the Isha prayer until a late hour?
Answer:

It is better for the Isha prayer to be delayed to its later time. The more it is delayed, the better, unless it be for a man because if a man delays it, he misses the congregational prayer, and it is not permissible for him to delay it and miss the congregational prayer. As for the women in their houses, the more they delay the Isha prayer, the better it is for them, but they should not delay it past midnight.
Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 239

Source: http://www.fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=1090

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