Option of missing obligatory prayer.

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Assalam o alaikum

there is hadith which says that never miss middle salah (namaz) ie asar prayer.

from this one can make out two meanings one is that we can miss other salah`s like fajar zohar mugrib and isha  kindly guide on this thanks 


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Option of missing obligatory prayer

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 238:

238    Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers, especially the ‘salaat ul-wusta’ (middle prayer), and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind).


The absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that the ‘salaat-ul-wusta’ (or middle prayer) in the above quoted Aayah refers to the obligatory ‘Asr’ prayer. 


Thus brother, it is not a hadith, but rather an injunction of the Lord Most High Himself unto His believing slaves to strictly guard all their obligatory prayers, especially the obligatory ‘Asr’ prayer.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 103:

Indeed the Salaat is a prescribed duty that should be performed by the believers at (their) appointed times.


Jabir reports that the Prophet (saws) said, "Between a person and disbelief is discarding prayer."

Related by Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.


Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'Aas reported that the Prophet (saws) one day mentioned the prayer and said, "Whoever guards and observes his prayer, they (his prayers) will be a light and a proof and a savior for him on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever does not guard and obvserve them, they will not be a light or a proof or a savior for him. On the Day of Resurrection, he will be with Qarun, Fir'aun, Haman and Ubayy ibn Khalf."

Related by Ahmad, at-Tabarani and Ibn Hibban.


Respected brother in Islam, intentionally delaying or missing any one of the five obligatory prayers of the day or night is not even given as an option in Islam!  One who is eligible to pray is Commanded time and time again by their Lord Creator Himself to strictly guard and observe this obligatory duty of prayer at their appointed times of the day and night. 


Other than the ones amongst the believers who are mentally insane, or in a state of coma or  unconsciousness, or is a child, or is a women experiencing her monthly menstruation…… all others believers are obliged under covenant with their Lord Creator to fulfill the obligatory duty of prayer at their appointed times!  If one cannot stand for their prayers, one may offer them in a sitting position; if one cannot even offer them in a sitting position, one may offer them lying down on their sides; and if one cannot even do that, then one may offer them by making gestures with one’s eyes…..but every eligible believer, man or woman, must strive their absolute utmost to strictly guard and observe this obligatory duty of prayer unto their Lord at the five appointed times of the day or night!


Whoever sleeps through or has forgotten to pray a certain prayer should pray it when he wakes up or remembers the prayer.  Abu Qatadah related that sleeping through the prayer time was mentioned to the Prophet (saws) and he said, "There is no negligence in sleep, but negligence occurs while one is awake. If one of you forgets a prayer or sleeps through its time, then he should pray it when he remembers it."

Related by an-Nasa'i and at-Tirmidhi.


Anas related that the Prophet (saws) said, "Whoever forgets a prayer should pray it when he remembers it, and there is no expiation for it save that."

Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.


Respected brother in Islam, we absolutely assure you in the Blessed Name of Allah Subhanah, that neither the above mentioned Aayah of Surah Baqarah, nor any other Aayah in the whole of the Glorious Quran, nor any authentic hadith from the Sunnah has absolutely anything which even remotely implies that one who is eligible to observe the obligatory prayer is excused from this prescribed duty!!!


If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws),   one can be assured of never ever being misled;   but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.  


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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