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f:144 -    Joining Taraweeh in Ruku
Country : Aliyabad,
Name : Muhammad Rafe
Question:     It is commonly seen in Taraweeh that youngsters wait until the Imam goes into Ruku and then join the Salaat?  Is this correct?
Answer:     It is Mustahab (Commendable) to join the Salaat immediately after the first Takbir (Takbir Tahrima).  As given in Bada'i Us Sana'i, Vol. 1, Pg No. 467 and in Fatawa A'alamgiri, Vol. 1 Pg No. 68.  

Only out of laziness, waiting until the Imam to perform Ruku even after the Salaat starts is Makruh (Undesirable).  It is given in Durre Mukhtaar, Vol. 1 Pg No. 523:

Translation: To be lazy in Salaat is the sign of the hypocrites (Munafiqin).

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) says in the Holy Quran:

And when they stand up for Prayer, they do it sluggishly, (simply) for showing off to the people. And they (also) remember Allah but little. Surah Nisa (4:142)

A Momin (true believer) should not refrain from following the practices of the hypocrites.  On the other hand, Allah Ta'ala saves the person from the fire of Hell the person who joins the Salaat immediately along with Takbir Tahrima:

Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Anas Bin Malik (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Whoever offers congregational Salaat with the first Takbir for 40 days, 2 deliverances are written for that person:

1. Deliverance from hell

2. Deliverance from hypocrisy.  (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 241)

As given in Durre Mukhtaar, Kitab Us Salaat; Bada‘i Us Sana‘i and in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Kitab Us Salaat.

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Shaykh ul Fiqh, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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