Can I combine maghrib and isha during the Summer?

Can I combine maghrib and isha during the Summer?

During the Summer when Maghrib and Isha are very late and Fajr is just a few hours after Isha, many people struggle with praying on time. The best solution is to pray Maghrib and then pray Isha immediately after it (before Isha has started) and then go to sleep straightaway. Otherwise you will struggle to wake for Fajr.

This is based on the fatwa by the European Fatwa Council, who issued a fatwa permitting the combination of Maghrib and Isha prayers during the summer months due to the late timing of Isha, which can cause hardship for Muslims living in Europe. This ruling is based on the principle of alleviating difficulty and is supported by hadith where the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) combined prayers without specific reasons of fear or rain, indicating flexibility in prayer times to prevent hardship for the community.

Specifically, Dr. Khalid Hanafy of the European Council for Fatwa and Research stated that from May 18 to August 7, it is permissible to combine Maghrib and Isha due to the disappearance of the signs marking the beginning of Isha prayer time during the summer. This fatwa aims to facilitate ease for Muslims in countries where the late setting of the sun disrupts the regular prayer schedule, making it difficult to perform Isha at its proper time​ (العرب في بريطانيا – AUK)​​ (Edinburgh Central Mosque)​.

Additionally, the council’s decision, reaffirmed in its 12th Ordinary Session, emphasizes that combining these prayers helps avoid inconvenience and difficulty for Muslims living in the West​ (Edinburgh Central Mosque)​​ (المجلس الأوروبي للإفتاء والبحوث)​.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim 26th June 2023

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.