Joining jamaat late

Question ID: 26234

Assalam o alaikum,

Respected Mufti Saheb, I want some confusion to be resolved. Suppose I came to the masjid and saw that the imam is in the fourth rakat and by the time I make wudhu and join him he makes sajdah and sits in the attahiyat. So my question is will I join the jamat and sit in the attahiyat and should I read attahiyat or leave and just keep quiet and get up after salam. Or should I let the imam make the namaz and I shift at the side or back saff and read my salah alone as I know that I will not the jamat as already 4 rakats have been read.

Q2. Secondly if I have to join the imam in the attahiyat though I did not get even 1 rakat of namaz with jamat will I make niyat of behind the imam and sit in the attahiyat or I will make niyat that I am making my 4 rikat namaz of so and so time and will not mention the word “behind imam” and then sit for attahiyat as I will have to read all the four rakat individually and imam will not guide me in this case. What do I do.

Please avoid confusion as soon as possible.

Jazzak Allah!

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Asked on May 3, 2014 12:54 am
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1) Join the Imaam, read 'Attahiyaat..' and when the Imaam renders the Salaams you get up. You have joined the Jamaat.

2) No need to say 'behind Imaam' - just make Niyaat and join the Imaam.

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Answered on May 3, 2014 12:54 am