Is it preferable for travelers to offer Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer in a Masjid (mosque) with the regular Imam and then offer `Asr (Afternoon) Prayer in congregation or to combine Zhuhr and `Asr without waiting for the Imam to lead the congregational Salah?
If waiting for the Imam poses no difficulty, then it is preferable to perform the Salah with the regular Imam for the reward of congregation. They continue in a state of Salah so long as they are waiting for the Salah, as explained by the Prophet (peace be upon him). However, if they find difficulty in this, then (Part No. 8; Page No. 98) they may perform Zhuhr and `Asr Prayers combined and shortened without waiting for the regular Imam.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.