Does One Become a Disbeliever for Missing the Prayer Out of Disdain?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I read that if one misses salah out of disdain and contempt, they are kafir. I have never denied salah’s obligation, and I usually pray salah. But I also miss salah sometimes. When I miss salah, it is out of laziness, but sometimes it inspires other feelings and thoughts that I would instead not write. If someone misses some salah while having negative feelings for salah or thinking it isn’t essential at that time, but they usually pray, would they be kafir?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well and in good faith.

It is commendable that you have concerns about your prayer having held back not performing them. This is a good step forward and in the right direction.

A Muslim is only a disbeliever if he rejects the prayer. However, in your case, as you mention, you haven’t denied its obligation but have misgivings, a lack of concern, and negative thoughts. Nevertheless, one will be sinful for leaving the prayer. [Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha]

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I hope this answers your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.