Question:
Do the Shia believe in performing evening prayer with delay, until the appearance of stars?!!

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Answer:
Ibn ‘Abd said that: “the Jews perform evening prayer with delay until the appearance of the stars and so do the Shia”. Before giving answer to this saying there is a question that should be asked from them that “Do they really have any information in this field?! And are they basically familiar with the issues attributed to them?! It is not clear whether this person (the questioner) has written these issues after referring to the jurisprudent of Shia and the narratives of their Imams or not!! Here we mention a narrative from Imam Sadiq (a.s.), he has said that: “I loathe the one who performs his evening prayer purposely with delay, so that the stars appear (1)”. Someone told him that: “the people of Iraq perform their evening prayer with delay so that the stars appear”. Imam told him that: “Abul Khattab, one of the enemies of God, does this”. (2) Why has this person lied in his statement? Or maybe he has foretold, before referring. This matter is not based on the rules of honesty and researching. Or maybe he has heard about this matter from the mentioned ignorant group (Abul Khattab group), but the Shia and they are not comparable. All of the Shia, without any exception, have known this group as disbelievers and strayed people, and the narratives of Shia Imams have nullified their destructive plans. So attributing these dubious things to the Shia, while they and their Imams are exempted from them, is an unfair accusation. (3)

Refrence:

1. The time of evening begins from the end of redness in the east, until the appearance of the stars. According to some narratives, such as , the time of evening is the end of Fazilah time, and it is unfavorable to perform it with delay, without any reason, so that the stars appear. It is unlawful to perform it with delay, with this intension that the time of evening Fazilah is time of Ishtibak (when it is dark and all the stars are appeared); refer to: Wisail al-Shia 4/176-177 and 187; Javahir al-Kalam 7/151; Riyaz al-Masail 3/64; Farsi dictionary of jurisprudent 1/499] 2. Refer to: Man La Yahzarah al-Faqih [1/220, tradition 661]; and Tahzib Shaykh al-Taifah [2/33, 100 and 102] 3. Shafi’I Shahrudi, a comprehensive selection of al-Ghadir, P. 271 ------------------------------ Ref: www.makarem.i


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