If a person sleeps until sunrise,

Q: What is the ruling on a person who is in the habit of staying up late at night to study his lessons and thus offers the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer after sunrise when he wakes up? Should he be blamed for this?

A: Every Salah (Prayer) should be performed at its appointed time. Allah (Exalted be He) says: Verily, As-Salât (the prayer) is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours. The time of Fajr Prayer starts from the crack of dawn and continues until sunrise. Staying up late at night for studying purposes is not a valid excuse for which the Fajr Prayer may be delayed until after sunrise. You should do your best to wake up early before sunrise. A person who delays the Fajr Prayer until after sunrise should be wisely admonished.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.