When can I start, complete the Itikaaf and How Long Must I Stay


When does a person begin his Itikaf:

  • The majority of the scholars view that a person should enter the masjid before sunset on the 21st night. 

When does the person doing Itikaf leave the Masjid:

  • He leaves after Maghrib on the last night of the last ten days.

How long can a person stay in the Masjid for Itikaf:
The least amount of time a person can stay in the Masjid is a complete day or complete night. Umar (may Allah be please with him) said,” During the times of ignorance I made a solemn pledge to do Itikaf for a night in the masjid.” The Prophet (*peace and blessings be upon him) said,” Fulfill your pledge.”

The most amount of time a person can perform Itikaf is unlimited.


SourceRallying Around the Rulings for Itikaaf

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