How late can pray Isha?

How late can pray Isha?

Praying Isha on time is the Sunnah. Isha is valid from the beginning time of Isha until Fajr begins.

It is recommended as the Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned to delay Isha if you are sure that you will pray it.

If it wouldn’t have caused hardship on my Ummah, I would have ordered them to delay Isha.” (An-Nasa`i)

However, if you are not sure and you were to sleep miss Isha then don’t delay it.

If you can pray Isha in congregation, then it is better to pray with with the congregation than to delay it and pray it alone.

It is somewhat disliked (makruh tanzihan) to delay isha past half the night, yet is still considered to be ‘on-time’ (ada’) as long as performed before the break of dawn (fajr).

Based on the answer of Shaykh Haytham Tamim in the Sunday Hadith Class April 2024


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.