Adhan in Shia Area
Question :

If I am in a Shia area and the Adhan is raised, does this suffice for me and can I consider it that time of prayer? Or is it better for me to wait for a few minutes as a precaution?

Answer :

It is permissible to depend in determining the time of the prayers on the adhan of someone reliable and knowing. So it is permissible to rely on the adhan for Dhuhr and Maghrib. In determining the time for the Morning Prayer one should act on precaution in delaying the prayer until he is sure that the Fajr time has entered.

Prescribed time for Dhuhrayn and Maghribayn prayers
Question :

What is the prescribed time for Dhuhrayn and Maghribayn prayers, and when does it become obligatory to perform them as Qadha?

Answer :

The Dhuhr and Asr prescribed time ends at sunset. The Maghrib and Isha prescribed time ends in the middle of the night, which is the halfway point between sunset and fajr time. Beyond this time, the prayers should be offered with the intention of Qadha (making up lapsed prayers). However, if the Maghrib and Isha prayers have not been offered in their prescribed times due to forgetfulness or sleeping until the middle of the night, then their time is extended until Fajr time, and once Fajr time enters they will become lapsed and will need to be offered as Qadha.

Redness in the Sky
Question :

Is the lack of redness in the sky one of the signs of the time of Maghrib?

Answer :

The time of Maghrib prayer is the setting of the sun. If there is doubt about it, then one should wait till he is certain that the sun has set. The disappearance of the redness in the eastern sky is an indication that the sun has indeed set.

Prayer
Question :

There is a scholar in my city who I consider reliable, who prepares prayer time tables for those in the city. Is it sufficient to depend on his timings?

Answer :

If his information leads to you having sure knowledge of the time of the prayer, then you can rely on his timetable.

Daily Prayer
Question :

I would like to know how to pray Wittar of Isha Prayer.

Answer :

There is a prayer called al-Wutayra that is offered after the Isha prayers. It is of two units offered in the sitting position.

Isha Prayer timing
Question :

If I offer the Maghrib prayer immediately after sunset, can I offer the Isha prayer immediately afterwards?

Answer :

Yes, you can.

Missing the Prayer
Question :

I live in a non-Muslim country and need to travel frequently. Due to the nature of travel and lack of facility of nearby mosques in a city, I often end up missing my prayers and making it up at night. Is this permissible?

Answer :

It is not permissible to miss prayers. You can offer them even on the road and not in a mosque.

Morning Prayer
Question :

If a Muslim leaves for work before dawn, can he offer his morning prayers before dawn, as he doesn't return home until late, and there are no facilities on the way to work to perform the prayer?

Answer :

One can offer the prayer anywhere, even in a place not designated for prayers, after the time of the prayer has arrived. The prayer before the time is not valid.

Time of Morning Prayer
Question :

When does the time for Morning Prayer end?

Answer :

The time for Morning Prayer does not end until sunrise.

Sequence of prayers
Question :

After one offered maghrib and isha prayers. he found out that his maghrib was invalid. Should he make it up only? or should he make up isha prayer after it as well?

Answer :

Making the isha prayers in the said case is not required.

Salat
Question :

When performing daily obligatory prayers, is it preferable to join them, or to leave a lapse of time between each, e.g. an hour between Dhuhr and Asr, 15 minutes between Maghrib and Isha?

Answer :

It is better to offer the prayer at their prime time, the best times to offer them. The prime time of the Dhuhr prayer is till the length of the shadow of an object reaches two-sevenths of the length of the object itself. The prime time of the Asr prayer is from the prime time of the Dhuhr prayer till the length of the shadow reaches four-sevenths of the object. The prime time of the Maghrib prayer is from the sunset till the disappearance of the redness from the western horizon. The prime time to offer the Isha prayer is from that time till the third of the night.