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Can we pray Missed Prayers?

How can we pray the missed prayers of recently prayers and past missed prayers , is there any special way of offering them?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Allah says in the Quran:

Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.[Quran 4:103]

So it is obligatory for a Muslim to pray five time prayers on the fixed times, how ever if a Muslim brother forgets or misses a prayer for a valid reason then he should pray it as he remembers or as soon as possible. The prophet Mohammad(pbuh) said:

Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, "If anyone forgets a prayer he should pray that prayer when he remembers it. There is no expiation except to pray the same." Then he recited: "Establish prayer for My (i.e. Allah's) remembrance." (20.14). SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[Volume 1, Book 10, Number 571]

Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: On the day of Al-Khandaq (the battle of trench.) 'Umar bin Al-Khattab came cursing the disbelievers of Quraish after the sun had set and said, "O Allah's Apostle I could not offer the 'Asr prayer till the sun had set." The Prophet said, "By Allah! I, too, have not prayed." So we turned towards Buthan, and the Prophet performed ablution and we too performed ablution and offered the 'Asr prayer after the sun had set, and then he offered the Maghrib prayer. SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[Volume 1, Book 10, Number 570]

Narrated 'Abdullah bin Abi Qatada: My father said, "One night we were traveling with the Prophet and some people said, 'We wish that Allah's Apostle would take a rest along with us during the last hours of the night.' He said, 'I am afraid that you will sleep and miss the (Fajr) prayer.' Bilal said, 'I will make you get up.' So all slept and Bilal rested his back against his Rahila and he too was overwhelmed (by sleep) and slept. The Prophet got up when the edge of the sun had risen and said, 'O Bilal! What about your statement?' He replied, 'I have never slept such a sleep.' The Prophet said, 'Allah captured your souls when He wished, and released them when He wished. O Bilal! Get up and pronounce the Adhan for the prayer.' The Prophet performed ablution and when the sun came up and became bright, he stood up and prayed." SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[Volume 1, Book 10, Number 569]

Allah says in the quran:

"God wants for you ease, He does not want for you difficulty" (2:185).

Nonetheless, missed prayers should be made up immediately, since obligations should be carried out immediately. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) missed the `Asr prayer, he prayed it first then prayed the Maghrib prayer.

However, if someone thinks that he will be unable to pray the current prayer on time or that he will miss the Jumu`ah prayer or miss the opportunity to pray a prayer in congregation if he prays the missed prayer first, he should pray the current prayer first and then make up the missed prayer.

How ever if someone deliberately misses the prayer then he has done a big sin, he should Make up all the missed prayers and should pray for forgiveness and should not miss the prayer deliberately in future. No matter for how long he has missed prayers he should pray them. And Allah Knows The Best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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