Q. Some people got lost on the way to Muzdalifah and when they approached it, they stopped and offered the Maghrib and ‘Isha’ prayers at one o’clock in the morning. Then they entered Muzdalifah when the Athan was called for Fajr and they prayed Fajr there. Is there anything incumbent upon them? Deliver a verdict for us, and may Allâh reward you with goodness.

 A. There is nothing incumbent upon them, because they caught the Fajr prayer in Muzdalifah when they entered it at the time of the Athan of Fajr and they offered the Fajr prayer there before daybreak. It has been authentically reported from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) that he said:

 مَنْ شَهِدَ صَلَاتَنَا هَذِهِ، وَوَقَفَ مَعَنَا حَتَّى نَدْفَعَ وَقَدْ وَقَفَ قَبْلَ ذَلِكَ بِعَرَفَةَ لَيْلاً أَوْ نَهَاراً فَقَدْ تَمَّ حَجُّهُ وَقَضَى تَفَثَهُ

“Whoever attended this prayer of ours and stood with us until we leave, and he has stood at ‘Arafah before that during the night or the day, he has completed his Hajj and fulfilled its rites.”[1]

 But those people erred when they delayed the prayer until after midnight, because the time for ‘Isha’ prayer is until midnight, as confirmed in Sahih Muslim in the Hadith of Abduilah bin ‘Amr bin ‘Al-’Aas from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam).

 [1] Reported by At-Tirmithi in the Book of Hajj.

[Fatawa Arkanul-Islam by Shaykh Salih Al-‘Uthaymeen, Fatawa on Hajj (Pilgrimage), Q514 p.750-751, Darussalam]