Q 2: In many Masjids (mosques),
the worshippers' rows are formed before the Iqamah (call to start the Prayer) is pronounced,
especially when there are lectures and in Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer. Is this Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?
If the Imam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) is not present, it is recommended for the Ma'mums (people being led by an Imam in Prayer) to stand up when seeing him for the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
When the Iqamah is pronounced, do not get up until you see me.
.However, if the Imam is present in the Masjid, the Ma'mums would get up to offer Salah (Prayer) when the Mu'adhin (caller to Prayer) starts to pronounce the Iqamah. The Ma'mums are not to be blamed if they get up (Part No. 5; Page No. 68) at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the Iqamah.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.