Category Archives: Qasr

school boy prays

Q. Salaam ul Aikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,

I’m taking a night class from 6-9 so I was wondering what is the absolute latest that I can pray Asr salaat since it starts during my class at 6:30 and Maghrib starts at 8:45?
I would like it to not be late that the reward is any less than if prayed on time.
For arguments sake, let’s say that I cannot pray from 6:30-7:30…would praying after that time still be acceptable?

Jazakullah Khair in advance.

A. وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

Based on your explained circumstance, knowing from personal experience relating to summer school, summer school covers great amounts of material within a short span of time.  Sometimes teachers do not prefer students walking out of the class. The following rule can be utilized for restrictions or constraints that are imposed upon students: (it applies only to the issue of Asr and magrib prayers)

Should the time for Magrib start at 8:45pm, merely ask to be excused at 8:40pm, read your Asr salaah prior to 8:45 pm, then at the onset of Magrib (8:45pm or a couple minutes into the magrib time), pray your magrib salaah. This way you can accomplish your Asr as well as magrib. To use this method without valid reasoning is makrooh.

In your situation, the above shared advice  may prove ideal.

An added point: should you get a break between the time period of 6:30 and magrib, then in such a situation you should perform your Asr salaah without hesitation. Also, if you have an in class group discussion moment and leaving the class for a few minutes to perform Asr would not pose harm to your studies, then you should make use of this moment to perform your Asr salaah. This would be best for you.

We hope the above options would be of benefit to you. May Allah keep us all firm on our obligations.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

p.s. Students have requested forms excusing them to pray their Zohr prayer in school, as well as attaining requests forms for Jummah. You are welcome to come to the office and furnish us your name to attain your necessary consent letter.

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can i join prayers

Q. I have never heard of such ignorance. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) performed salah by combining them, yet your web site claims that we should refrain from this practice……

A. Allah the Greatest states:

إِنَّ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ كَانَتۡ عَلَى ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ كِتَـٰبً۬ا مَّوۡقُوتً۬ا

Surely prayer is a timed (fixed) decree for the believers. (4:103)

In everyday occurrences, and when all matters are consistent, we must give preference of Quran over Hadith and sunnah. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)) did join salaah in Arafah and muzdalifah. It is not something we do as a common practice.

It is our contention that salaah can have the appearance of being joined. For example: Magrib salaah is at 6:00pm and asr salaah times ends at 5:59. A person can complete his asr prayers by 5:57 or so, wait a few minutes for the magrib time to set in, and then perform magrib salaah. This is the appearance of two salaah being performed together; however, each salaah had been performed in its correct time. In travel this method can be used. However, this method must only be used out of necessity, not as an everyday occurrence.

To delay and salaah without justification is viewed as an action of dislike.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

Qibla-how important is it?

Q. My question is regarding salah. I did ask people in the area I was at about the qibla direction. I was given wrong direction. Later I was told of the new direction, must i re-pray the prayers that were done in the wrong direction?

Q. If Allah is everywhere, then how painstaking do I have to get to be with qibla?

Q. Do I have to repeat my salah?


Point1: There are multiple points that are discussed under the topic of seeking the direction of qibla. The first thing the inquirer must do is ask people that are familiar with directions within a given locality.  Simple information approximating the direction of north, south, etc. would generally suffice.  This step is indeed necessary. Also this process should also be inclusive of a sincere attempt in making sure that the direction that is given to you is indeed correct prior to you performing the salaah.

If whist performing your salaah the correct direction had been made known to you or a person shifts or turns you to the correct direction, you would merely (build upon) continue your prayers in this new direction and the salaah would be valid. Continue reading

Travel prayer

Q. I live in Salt Lake City. I am on vacation in California. When I go back home do I pray musafir prayer or normal prayer?

A. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) bring you back to your abode with safety an ease.

In Islam, all prayer is normal. Musafir salah is called Qasr salah. Salaah at your residence or locality where you reside is called ‘salaah of the Muqeem.’ Muqeem is defined as resident.

Upon arrival to your ‘home,’ you would perform the salaah of the Muqeem, the salah with all is rakats, and not making any of them short as you would do on travel.

Welcome back to you locality with good health — spiritual and physical, Amen.

Allah certainly knows best.

Salaah while on Vacation

Q. How does one perform Qasr Salaah?   I will be on vacation. On vacation, is Qasr necessary, or only on travel while being a musafir?
A. Qasr Salaah is performed in the same manner as one performs any other Salaah. Performance of Qasr salah would require all your 4 Rak’aats Fardh salah to be shortened to 2 rak’aats. Your fajr two rak’aats would remain two rak’aats , and your Maghrib three would remain three rak’aats.  As for the sunnats salah which come before/after certain of the fard salah, they would read as you usually read them.  More so, if you have time, the energy, and luxury to do so, etc. by all means you should try and read them.  Being as you  already are on vacation, this should be easy for you to do!