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Fatwa ID: 21553
Title: Starting the Friday sermon early
Category: Prayer
Scholar: Dr. Main Khalid Al-Qudah
Date: 04/02/2008


If thuhr time is 1:44, can we start our Jumaa khutba (Friday sermon) at 1:00pm and pray Jumaa Salah (the Friday congregational prayer) at 1:30pm? If the answer is yes, kindly let me know under what conditions and according to which scholar or school of jurisprudence.


Yes, you can do that, even if you finish the prayer itself before the sun's zenith (noon time).


This is based on the juristic school of Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, who supported his approach with two different authentic proofs that this occurred during the time of the Prophet (saws) himself.