The imaam waiting in rukoo’

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Question: Is it legislated for the imaam – whilst in rukoo’ – to wait for those inside the masjid to join him [and the congregation in prayer]?

Response: Yes it is. When the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ had entered the rukoo’ [position], he would not raise his head [from this position] until he could no longer hear the sound of footsteps [approaching]; [so yes], he would wait for those who had [just] entered [the masjid].


Translation originally published on 25 December, 2015

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.