Is the Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer performed immediately after the Adhan (call to Prayer)?
Or is there some time between the Adhan and the Salah (Prayer) so that the people can offer Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid (two-unit Prayer to salute the mosque)?
All the proofs from Shari`ah (Islamic law) support hastening to offer the Maghrib Prayer when its time starts. It is related in the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) that it is permissible to offer two Rak`ahs (units of Prayer) before the Maghrib Prayer. It is confirmed that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
Pray (two supererogatory Rak`ahs) before the Maghrib Prayer. Pray (two supererogatory Rak`ahs) before the Maghrib Prayer. Then, on the third time, he said, "For whoever wishes to do so."
This proves that the matter is open. It is not a problem if someone offers the Maghrib Prayer immediately after the Adhan, but if someone offers a two-Rak`ah Prayer before it, this would be better. The Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet - may Allah be pleased with them) used to offer two Rak`ahs after the sun had set and before offering the Maghrib Prayer and the Prophet (peace be upon him) approved of that. This is confirmed in Sahih
Muslim on the authority of
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him). (Part No. 6; Page No. 125) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.