Qaḍā Ṣalāh (Missed Prayers)

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Sunday 12th April 2020. Today I would like to focus on ‘Qaḍā (missed) Obligatory Prayers’

As I ponder over my 8 years at Dārul Uloom Bury, I recall a very important incident that took place in either 1985 or 1986. It was an evening Ṣalāh after which our Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Yūsuf Motālā Ṣāḥib رَحْمَةُ الله عليه shared some valuable advices with us. 

As soon as Ḥaḍrat delivered his Naṣīḥa (advice), Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Hāshim Jogwāri Ṣāḥib immediately got up and went up to Ḥaḍrat and had a quiet word. Ḥaḍrat then addressed us and said Mawlānā Hāshim Ṣāḥib has just reminded me to mention to all of you the importance of Qaḍā Ṣalāh (a Farḍ or Wājib missed prayer). Thereafter, Ḥaḍrat spoke at length on this very important subject.

My very close colleague who runs an Institute in Florida (USA), Mufti Rashīd ibn Mawlānā ‘Umarji, also recalls that Ḥaḍrat asked the students that, those of you who are Ṣāḥib-e-Tartīb (one who has less than six Qaḍā Ṣalāh in total) please stand up.

One can imagine the atmosphere in our Jamā’at Khānā. Ṣāḥib-e-Tartīb students were very reluctant to stand up. Upon Ḥaḍrat’s insistence, they started standing up, one by one. Mufti Rashīd recalls that one of them was Mawlānā Muḥammad Saleem Dhorāt Ṣāḥib, who was in his final year of Bukhārī Sharīf at the time.

That evening, the importance of Qaḍā Namāz (Ṣalāh) was highlighted, to the extent that Ḥaḍrat offered students who wanted to take a day off studies to catch up on Qaḍā Ṣalāh to give their names and not attend classes the next day. The majority of us spent the next full day performing our Qaḍā.

So brothers and sisters, let’s start from today. If at all possible, pray one Qaḍā with one adā (prayed on time) Ṣalāh. Let’s catch up on all our missed Ṣalāhs. If we have a lot of missed Ṣalāhs, then we can pray Qaḍā in place of the Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah and Nawāfil. If in doubt, check with your local Imām or ‘Ālimāt. Many sisters spend a lot of time praying Ṣalāt ut-Tasbīh and other Nawāfil which is fine, but Qaḍā comes first. 

Finally, for our Marḥūmīn, parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and our ancestors all the way to the top, if possible, give Fidyah for their missed Ṣalāh. Consult your local Imām or ‘Ālimāt for further guidance.

There is an excellent short booklet, published by at-Tazkiyah, which gives some very useful tips to help shorten the time required to fulfil one’s Qaḍā.

Click here to download Qaḍā_Ṣalāh.pdf.

Please also refer to for some relevant Masā’il on the subject, as well as a recent publication by Mawlānā Ebrahim Noor called Prayers in Ṣalāh, which contains all the prayers read within Ṣalāh, with transliterations and meanings – a superb aid for concentration in Ṣalāh.

Almighty Allāh make us all regulars in our 5 times Ṣalāh, Āmeen.

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