The Imaam remembered he had not prayed the ‘Asr prayer

Question: The Imaam led the Maghrib prayer and during the prayer he remembered he had not prayed the ‘Asr prayer, so what should he do?

Response: This Imaam, who forgot the ‘Asr prayer and began the Maghrib prayer and thereafter remembered during the prayer he had not prayed [the] ‘Asr [prayer] should continue with the Maghrib prayer. Upon completing the [Maghrib] prayer he should [then] perform the ‘Asr prayer and in this situation his ‘Asr prayer will be correct.

This ruling is general, even if one was praying alone, because if a person begins an obligatory prayer then he is required to complete it unless he has an Islaamically acceptable reason not to do so.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 47    source

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