Are My Prayers Valid despite Praying Them Too Late?

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi

Question

I sometimes end up being a minute or two late to prayers. Will my prayers be accepted?

Answer

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Yes, your prayers are valid despite praying them beyond their time. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Nonetheless, it remains essential for you to pray on time, as it is sinful to delay the prayers beyond their allocated times.

Allah, Most High, says: “Surely, prayer is an obligation on the believers that is tied up with time.” [Quran, 4:103]

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace upon him) said: “Whoever keeps on performing prayers in its due time, it will be a light, a proof, and redemption for him on the Day of Judgment.” [Ahmad]

And Allah knows best.

[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found.

Then he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

He studied numerous texts in Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith, and other areas with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other teachers, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Sha‘ar, Shaykh Ali Hani, and others.

He is an active instructor at SeekersGuidance and answers questions through the SeekersGuidance Answers Service.