Joining the congregation whilst they are in sujood

Reference: I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn `Uthaymeen – Page 55

Question: If a person [intending to perform the congregational prayer] finds the imaam in sujood, should he wait until he arises [from the sujood] or should he [immediately] join him [in sujood]?

Response: It is preferable for him to join the imaam in whatever position he finds him in and not to wait; this is based upon the generality of his ﷺ statement:

«And whatever you are able to catch (of the prayer) then pray…», [Transmitted by al-Bukhaaree – 635 and Muslim – 603]

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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