Can I Pray the Current Prayer While Owing Make-Up Prayer?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


I do ghusl and wudu according to an Islamic website, but can I pray according to SeekersGuidance? This website says that missed salaah with no valid reason cannot be made up and that if you remember that you have to redo your prayer, you have to make it up as soon as possible. If there is a call to prayer, and I pray, is my prayer invalid because I didn’t make up my other prayer?


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

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Making Up Prayers

From a previous answer at SeekersGuidance:

“According to the Hanafi school, if one has less than six prayers (salat) in one’s dues, it would be obligatory to maintain order between them. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; ‘Ala al-Din ‘Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-‘Ala’iyya]

On the other hand, if one has six or more prayers (for example, Fajr, Dhuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib, ‘Isha, and Fajr) in one’s dues, it would not be obligatory to maintain order between them.

Practically, if there are less than six prayers between one’s missed prayer and one’s current prayer, it would be obligatory to maintain the order.”

Please see: Do You Have to Pray Make Up Prayers in Order?

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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.