20788: Praying before the time for prayer


Is it permissible to pray the Isha prayer just before we go to sleep, instead of the appointed time? Show evidence please.

Praise be to Allaah.    

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, As-Salaah (the prayer) is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours”

[al-Nisa’ 4:103] 

We have already explained the times of prayer in detail in question no. 9940

Prayer offered before its time is not valid, according to the consensus of the Muslims. If a person offers a prayer before its time: 

-         if he does that deliberately, then the prayer is invalid and he is not free of sin.

-         If that was not done deliberately, and he did it because he thought that the time for prayer had begun, then it is not a sin, and his prayer is regarded as naafil, but he has to repeat it because one of the conditions of the prayer is that it be done at the right time. 

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen, in al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 2/88.

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