The imaams elongating their supplication

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 832, Fatwa No.829
al-Fataawa libni ‘Uthaymeen – Kitaab ad-Da’wah, Volume 1, Pages 198-199

Question: Some imaams in the masaajid, in Ramadhaan, elongate their supplication, and some of them shorten them, so what is correct?

Response: That which is correct is for it not to be excessive and nor to be short. So elongation which is difficult upon the people is forbidden. When news reached the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) elongated his prayer when he was with his people, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) became so angry that he had not been angry in an exhortation similar to it before. And he said to Mu’aadh (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu):

«Are you a charmer O Mu’aadh?».

So that which is befitting is to shorten [the supplication] to that which has been reported [from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)], or increase for there is no doubt that elongating is difficult for the people as it exhausts them especially the weak amongst them. Amongst the people there are those who are around him who do not wish to leave until before the imaam, so it becomes difficult for them to remain behind with the imaam. So my advice to my brothers the imaams is to [strike an even balance and] be between that which is long and that which is short. Just as it is befitting to leave the supplication sometimes such that the general [Muslims] do not think the supplication is obligatory.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.