Numerous jamaa’aat in the masjid


Question: What is the ruling about the numerous jamaa’aat [established for the obligatory salaah – taking place] in a single masjid, particularly when some of them pray after the imaam has completed [the first jamaa’ah], and some others intentionally delay [their arrival] until after the imaam [has completed the first jamaa’ah], so they can pray with another jamaa’ah?

Response: This is not permissible; establishing numerous jamaa’aat in a single masjid at the same time is not permissible. There must only be a single jamaa’ah; however, if they have missed it – and have not intentionally delayed [their arrival to the masjid], then they should establish another jamaa’ah after the imaam has finished.

- 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.

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