Is it permissible to perform fard (obligatory) prayers during Karahah times?

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Is it permissible to perform fard (obligatory) prayers during Karahah times?

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The time for the morning prayer starts with imsak (abstinence) and ends with sunrise. However, according to Hanafis, it is more appropriate to perform it near sunrise and according to Shafiis it is more appropriate to perform it a little while after imsak.

According to Hanafis, if the sun rises while performing the prayer and before finishing it, the prayer is invalidated; it becomes necessary to perform it after the time of karahah.

A person who fails to perform the fajr (morning prayer) on time should perform both its sunnah and fard; if he performs it after sunrise and after the karahah time ends.     

If the asr (afternoon prayer) is delayed up to the time of karahah, the prayer is not skipped, and only its fard is performed, the sunnah is not. And even if the takbir of iftitah (opening) is uttered just before sunset and the sun sets while performing the prayer, the prayer becomes valid. The prayer is not considered as missed (qada) and it is considered to have been performed on time. This is a state peculiar to the asr prayer.

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