The Prescribed Prayer: Chapter Two (cont.)

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If a prayer could not be offered at the prescribed time, due to some valid reason, one should offer it as soon as possible, the sooner the better. However, there is a grim warning for those who miss their prayers due to carelessness or constant negligence, as anyone who misses Salaah, 'amdan, that is intentionally, cannot be able to make it up -- though he should -- according to the majority of the scholars of Al-Islaam. Indeed, what one should do is to repent and step up his or her good deeds because Almighty Allah said:

"But after them there followed a posterity who missed prayers and followed after lusts; soon, then will they face destruction. Except those who repent and work righteousness, for these will enter the Garden and will not be wronged in the least." (Al-Quran, 19:59- 60)

When one Fard prayer, such as the morning prayer, is missed, it should be offered as soon as possible. But if two or more prayers are missed, they should be offered in their order, Zuhr before 'Asr, etc.

If the time of one prayer has expired and the time of the next prayer is due, the prayer that is expired should be offered first, if the time of the present prayer is long enough for both prayers, then the prayer that is due should be offered afterward.

The missed Sunnah prayers need not be offered unless they are Sunnahs Muakkadah, such as Witr, two Sunnahs of Subh prayer and the Sunnahs before Zuhr.

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