Fatwa ID: 01826
Answered by Molana Ishaaq Hussain
I have had problems with my sleep for many years now. I pray fajr in time mostly, but it is having a negative impact on my life. Of course it is not the prayer itself, but I'm facing hard time to sleep during evenings/nights and to go to bed again after fajr, which leads to me not sleeping at all or sleeping away the whole day. Are there any rukhsas (leeways) in this matter in my case? Can I intentionally skip fajr-salah and make it up when I wake up?
Allah mentions in the Holy Quran: “Surely, salah is an obligation on the believers which is tied up with time” (Surah An Nisaa v103)
One of the pre requisites of Salah is that it be offered in its time and before the time of salah, one cannot offer the prayer.
It has been understood from the Ahadeeth that one of the most beloved acts to Allah is to offer prayer at its earliest and original time.
Abdulah Ibn Umar narrates that the Messenger of Allah has said: “ There lies in the earliest time of Salah Allah’s pleasure while the concluding time is his grant” (Sunan Tirmidhi hadith 172)
Abu Amr Shaybani reported that a man asked Abdullah Ibn Masood which deed is the best? He replied:” I had put the same question forward to Rasulullah and he said:” to offer salah during the desirable time for it” (Sunan Tirmidhi hadith 173)
Sayyidnah Ali Ibn Abi Talib reported that the hole Prophet said to him: “O Ali! Do not postpone three things: prayer when it is time for it, funeral when it is ready and the marriage of an unmarried woman when a match is found for her.” (Sunan Tirmidhi hadith 171)
From the above ahadeeth we learn the importance of offering salah at its appointed time.
With regards to your question, it is not permissible for one to miss ones salah deliberately and make up for it later. Care should be taken in ones Salah. I advise you sort out your sleeping routine; maybe you could go straight to sleep after Isha. You could also try some non-drowsy, non-health effecting sleeping tablets to try to induce you to go to sleep early.
Saaiduna Abu Barza reports that the Messenger of Allah used to dislike sleep before 'Isha' and talk after it." (Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim)
Only Allah Knows Best
Written by Molana Ishaaq Hussain
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham