Recently there has been a new trend I have come across where some Masjids OR Jamat Khanas set their Asar time approximately 30 or 40 min before the Maghrib Adhan, hence by the time Salah finishes, there’s very short time left until sunset. Depending on the time set there can be 20 or 25min remaining to sunset.
If someone’s Wudhu was to break at that time or they had an urgent need to relieve themselves, there is a good chance they will miss the Asar Salah completely. Furthermore, this can become a licence to regularly perform Asar Salah late.
I presume the rationale behind late Asar Jamat is to encourage musallis to stay in the Masjid or Jamat Khana between Asar & Maghrib, which they would not normally do, particularly in Ramadhan. In addition, late Asar Jamat in certain seasons, is there to accommodate people who finish late from work.
Normally there will be other Masjids in the locality, which have an earlier time for Asar Jamat for those who do not wish to leave it so late.
Now, it is obvious that the Salah is counted as done, but is there any precedent in the life of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, Sahabah (RA), Hanafi Imams or our Akabireen for such a practice, i.e. performing Asar Salaah so late?
If not, is there any justification whatsoever in light of Shariah for such a practice of delaying the Asar Salah, be it a Masjid or a Jamat Khana?