A brother of mine aged 24 years,

Q: A person does not offer the Fajr Prayer until after sunrise. He does not pray `Asr until sunset claiming that he comes home late and tired from work at the time of `Asr prayer, so he sleeps and leaves Salah. What is the ruling of his salah? Does it affect on Sawm (fasting)?


(Part No. 6; Page No. 40)  A: Leaving the Fajr Prayer without excuse, for example, sleep or forgetfulness, out of neglect until sunrise is an act of disbelief. This is according to a sound view of scholars and accordingly his Sawm is invalid. Delaying `Asr Prayer until sunset is an attribute of the hypocrites as stated by the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). However, if he performs it in that time, it will suffice him. In regard to this delay, his fast is valid and he should repent. It is obligatory to perform it in congregation in the mosque before twilight.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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