When should one make niyyah (intention) while praying in congregation ? Is it all right to make niyyah before the imam utters takbir?

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When should one make niyyah (intention) while praying in congregation ? Is it all right to make niyyah before the imam utters takbir?
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It is better to make niyyah after the imam makes niyyah and says, "Allahuakbar".

However, it is permissible to make niyyah when the imam is in his leading place (before  he says takbir) Most of the scholars agree on that. Fatwas (legal opinions) are given based on that view. (al-Muhit / Radiyuddin Sarakhsi)

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