When to stand for the prayer during the iqaamah

Reference: Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasaa.il Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – Volume 13, Fatwa No.369

Question: Is there any mention in the Sunnah of the moment [when one should] stand for the prayer when the iqaamah is called?

Response: There is no mention in the Sunnah as to the moment [when one should] stand, other than the Prophet ﷺ said:

«Do not stand [up for the prayer] until you see me», [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, Hadeeth No.637 and Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No.156]

…so when the person stands [for the prayer] at the beginning of the iqaamah or during it or after it has finished, then all of that is permissible.

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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