When a traveler delays offering

Q 3: A traveler is delaying performing the combined Maghrib (Sunset) and `Isha' (Night) Prayer until the time of the `Isha' Prayer. When they reach a town, they find that the congregation is performing the `Isha' Prayer. Should they join them for the `Isha' Prayer or perform the Maghrib Prayer alone? If they should join the congregational Salah for `Isha' before performing Maghrib, should they make the intention for both in one intention?

A: It is obligatory on anyone who delays performing the Maghrib Prayer until the time of the `Isha' Prayer when traveling to begin by performing the Maghrib Prayer. However, if they join the congregational Salah for the `Isha' Prayer, they should make the intention to perform it as the Maghrib Prayer, and then sit down for the third Rak`ah [the final one for Maghrib. Trans.].May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.